North America has an apparent familiarity. Iconic cities – New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington DC – need no introduction. Its culture has seeped into our subconscious via music and movies and TV shows. Yet the region still has some surprises up its sleeve for travellers. North America has a sheer natural beauty that will steal the breath of even the most city-hardened locals who call it home. To the north, grizzly bears prowl the Rocky Mountains; to the south, big skies stretch over red-rock deserts; to the west, there are the gnarly surf breaks and smouldering volcanoes of Hawaii; and to the east, the steaming Everglades of Florida. North America is a cultural melting pot, the best of the world on offer in one user-friendly package.