Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada, from the west, showing the library and Peace Tower of Centre Block and Mackenzie Tower of West Block
18 February, 20204 minute read

Escape the crowds: North America's hidden gems

There is no getting away from the fact that overtourism is an issue. With major attractions across the globe straining under the pressure from hordes of visitors, is there an alternative way to travel that will benefit holidaymakers as well as the destinations they want to experience?

Some of the biggest travel trends from last year look set to continue and gain significant momentum such as no fly holidays and slow travel including river and train journeys. The focus being that by reducing the negative impact on the environment will help to improve local economies and communities.

While ticket entries and visitor quotas help stem the crowds that are threatening to overwhelm major attractions, there is a new solution that is steadily becoming more and more popular - out of season travel.

According to a recent survey, 57% of UK travellers have admitted that overcrowding would put them off choosing a certain destination. Which is why travelling out of season is such a great way to not only escape the masses but offers the chance to explore less-visited areas that may not necessarily be on the ‘bucket list’ but are nevertheless remarkable.

Titan’s USA tour holidays and Canada tours are some of our most popular holidays, and with over 45 North America tours there is infinite scope to discover some of North America’s hidden gems. A chance to break away from the crowds, and have a more authentic experience.

Mingle with the locals, and witness the majestic seasonal changes which can only be seen out of away from summer – such as cherry blossom trees in Washington DC. Be wowed by the russet hues that will envelop the landscapes of the USA’s National Parks in autumn - where temperatures are cooler and the colour displays are a blaze of wonder. We have USA tour holidays and tours of Canada that will offer a much more relaxed holiday, the chance to explore lesser-trodden paths.

Visions of Virginia

With an intoxicating mix of natural beauty and history, Virginia is where settlers first established a permanent colony. From the heady scents of pine forests, to the expansive rolling green fields and sweeping beaches, as well as the imposing Smoky Mountains and lush vineyards of Barboursville, there is much to admire. Virginia is steeped in history - and you can step back in time at Colonial Williamsburg, a living museum depicting life from the 18th Century and of the American Revolution.

Historic building in colonial Williamsburg, USA

Colours of Canadian Fall

The kaleidoscope of colours that envelop Canada during the autumn is a sight worth waiting for.  With pleasant temperatures, enjoy the thundering Niagara Falls sprinkled with heavy shades of red, gold and orange. Be delighted by the blanket of crimson red as forests of Maple trees come alive. Wrap up and explore the grand Victorian architecture of Ottawa and the cosmopolitan waterfront buzz of Ontario. See, too the impressive Gothic mansions of the Thousand Island archipelago as you sail the rippling St. Lawrence River.

Ottawa city skyline at sunrise, Canada

Newfoundland and Nova Scotia

Rugged and wild, with windswept fishing towns and shining lighthouses set on jagged bays, the Atlantic Ocean is a domineering presence in Nova Scotia. With hiking trails, lakes and forests, dine on lobster in Halifax and learn about the the country’s proud Celtic roots. See rainbow coloured houses in Newfoundland’s St. Johns set against the dramatic landscape of mountains and the open sea. Cruise iceberg scattered waters and catch a glimpse of dolphins and seabirds.

Peggy's Cove Lighthouse in Nova Scotia, Canada

America’s Historic Cities

The Southern cities and towns of America’s East Coast are brimming with elegance and cloaked in history. From the moss-draped oak trees and freshwater marshes of Savannah to Charleston’s old cobble streets and charming colonial mansions, be seduced by these culturally rich cities. Step back in time in Williamsburg and stretch your legs on Virginia Beach, as well as delve into the monumental past of America’s iconic capital, Washington DC.

Trees draped in Spanish moss lead to Forsyth Park Fountain in Savannah, USA

For more inspiration check out our USA and Canada tours

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Ting

Ting has a serious case of wanderlust. Having travelled to over 40 countries, it’s her mission in life to make her way through her ever-growing list. Her two young sons have also caught the travel bug, and recent trips have seen them making snow angels in Iceland while watching the Northern Lights, as well as walking alongside elephants in South Africa.

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