New York City may have been founded by the Dutch, but it is as quintessentially American as any city can be. The millions living here reside at the center of the one of the most diverse global communities. Young Americans arrive in New York with aspirations of breaking into the booming arts and financial districts, but the stakes are much lower for tourists, whose only imperative is to see and experience as much as they can while on holiday.
New York is riddled with iconic architecture and landmarks, not least of which is Times Square. It has blossomed into a glitzy commercial zone in the past ten years, shedding its former notoriety. Today, some of the best luxury accommodation in New York is located here in reach of big-name shops and Broadway theaters.
Canada's most populous city is often undersold, but tourists are starting to see through the ruse. This is an eclectic, singular capital with more historic sites, cultural activities and high-endshopping on the agenda than visitors usually have time to contend with.
Old Town Toronto is thick with charming Victorian and Edwardian buildings housing hotels, but the scene is intermixed with enough Gothic highrises to give certain streets a New York City atmosphere. In recent years Toronto picked up the moniker, 'Hollywood North', as it's a popular filming location. In fact, Toronto plays New York City on screen more often than the Big Apple itself.
The best accommodation in Toronto is located in the downtown and midtown districts. Several business-oriented hotels are not surprisingly located in The Financial District, home to international bank headquarters and Toronto's skyline.
Unabashedly commercial, Cancun is one of North America’s most popular resort destinations. With an ideal mix of relaxed, Caribbean beach life and intense after-hours partying, the resorts and hotels of Cancun are as suitable for families as they are for students on spring break.
The Cancun Hotel Zone, as it’s officially called, was born out of a quiet area known only to fishermen. Before the 1970s, locals would have laughed at the prospects of Cancun as a world-class resort destination. The first nine hotels in Cancun were financed by the Mexican government, but investors soon followed with millions of their own dollars. Today’s resorts are modern and extravagant, with the kind of service and facilities expected of the big-name industry leaders that line the beach.
This ‘hotel zone’ is essentially the Cancun Downtown district. It’s filled with seafood restaurants, shopping complexes and great bars and dance clubs. Getting around by taxi is inexpensive, and tourists will only need to look into rental cars or buses if they are planning an off-resort excursion. Tours booked through resorts usually include transportation.