10 Hidden Secrets Of North America!
The mainland North American continent is made up of the huge countries USA and Canada. Covering an area over 24million sq. km, there are many secrets to behold, so find out some of them right here.
1. Joshua Tree National Park, California USA
An official US National Park since 1994, the Joshua Tree National Park located in southeastern California is one of the state’s hidden gems. Named after the Joshua Trees native to the 3000sq km park, this area contains parts of 2 separate deserts, the Mojave Desert and the Lower Colorado Desert, as well as the Little San Bernardino Mountains which run along the southwest edge of the park. A great place to get outdoors and nature, this natural space is also great for stargazing.
2. Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia Canada
As the second biggest of Canada’s 10 provinces, and one of its 3 Maritime Provinces, there are obviously many things to see and do in Nova Scotia on the country’s east coast. The small town of Tatamagouche in the far east of the province is a perfect example of this. With fantastic views, a rich history, plenty of quaint shops and cafes as well as a variety of outdoor pursuits such as kayaking and fishing to enjoy, it is a lovely traditional spot to visit.
3. Lake George, Alaska USA
Only 80km from the state capital of Anchorage in the west, you can find the remote Lake George. Accessible only by air, this beautiful lake is scattered with icebergs and although not far from civilisation, will really make you feel like you are in the wilderness. Easy hikes let you observe one of the state’s beautiful glaciers too.
4. Spud Drive-In Movie Theater, Idaho USA
Middle America may not be as popular tourist destinations as the east and west coasts are, but don’t let that stop you as there are some incredible sites to see. Take for example the Spud Drive-In Movie Theater in Idaho. With a bizarre giant potato thing that you can take photos next to, enjoy the all American experience of watching movies outside under the stars.
5. Kluane National Park, British Colombia Canada
The Kluane National Park and Reserve in Canada’s western Maritime province of British Colombia, is located in Canada’s extreme southwestern corner and comprises an area of around 8500sq.km. With its own icefield and glacier declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979, the main attraction to this incredible park is the native wildlife to be seen. This includes wolves, lynxes, coyotes, river otters, caribou, moose and wolverines among others.
6. Kinderhook, New York, USA
With one of the world's most famous cities lying downstate, it can be easy to forget that the eastern state of New York has more to offer too. Take for example the small but charming town of Kinderhook. Settled by the 1650s it was one of the US’s more historical spots. Reputedly the town that was the inspiration for Washington Irving’s chilling classic ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’, Kinderhook has plenty of traditional and historic buildings to wander around and enjoy.
7. Snoqualmie Tunnel, Washington State USA
Found in the Iron Horse State Park less than an hour’s drive east from the west coast city of Seattle, the Snoqualmie Tunnel offers a truly unique hiking experience. This roughly 4km long hiking trail goes through an abandoned railway tunnel that was completed in 1914 but then abandoned in 1980. Bring a head torch and warm layers and you walk through this eerie tunnel and emerge out into green and fertile lands on the other side.
8. Pond Inlet, Nunavut Canada
Nunavut is Canada’s newest, most northerly and most-sparsely populated province, and it is there in the Arctic wilderness that you will find Pond Inlet. With Arctic traditions still strong in this tiny town, you can enjoy the great outdoors as well as the chill polar weather. Rich history is preserved through oral stories rather than through museums so be prepared to absorb the ambiance and atmosphere.
9. Ott Hotel, Texas USA
The Ott Hotel in the US’s largest state of Texas has garnered itself quite a reputation for the spooky goings on that seem to occur there. With 2 separate ‘lovers’ suicides’ plus some other accidental deaths in its history, rumour has it that some guests never leave… So if you want to experience some famous southern hospitality with a little fright thrown in, then this is the hotel for you.
10. Lac la Peche, Saskatchewan Canada
Having been inhabited for thousands of years, the Canadian province of Saskatchewan is a breathtaking place to visit. Lac la Peche is one of the most beautiful places to visit in the province, with stunning lake side hikes, incredible vistas and plenty of outdoor pursuits both winter and summer waiting for you to discover them.