Traveling in North America Gives You Plenty of Countries to Visit
I’m betting that if you asked most people to name the countries in North America they would say two, Canada and the United States. How many would you name?
Truth is, there are a total of 39 countries in North America, and it includes our neighbor to the immediate south, Mexico. Click To Tweet Sometimes people mistakenly think that Mexico is in Central America, but it’s actually part of the North American continent. Here’s a complete list, from the most populated country to the least.
- United States
- Dominican Republic
- El Savador
- Costa Rica
- Puerto Rico
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Saint Lucie
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- U.S. Virgin Islands
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Cayman Islands
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Turks and Caicos Islands
- Sint Maarten
- Saint Martin
- British Virgin Islands
- Caribbean Netherlands
- Saint Barthélemy
- Saint Pierre and Miquelon
You can find out more about each one of these North American countries by clicking here. As you can see, you can have a very wide variety of travel and never leave North America. From Greenland’s ice (Greenland is an autonomous territory of Denmark) to the warm silky waters off the shores of Panama, you’ve got a lot to explore.
Grab your North America wall map to mark all the places you’ve been.
Some people argue that the Caribbean islands should not be counted as part of North America, but officially, they are. So you can go from hot sun to frozen ice and still stay in the same continent.
Top Twenty Places To Go in North America
The top places to see depend on what you’re interested in, but for me nature always takes top billing. So in no particular order, here are twenty top places to see as you travel around North America.
- Niagara Falls (Canada and the United States)
- The Panama Canal (Panama and Costa Rica)
- Times Square (New York, United States)
- Chichen Itza (Mexico)
- Yellowstone National Park (United States)
- The Northern Lights (Greenland or Alaska, United States)
- Snorkeling (Bahamas)
- Gouyave for spice processing (Grenada)
- Black sand beaches (Montserrat and Hawaii, United States)
- The Badlands (United States)
- Ambergris Caye (Belize)
- Banff National Park (Canada)
- Casey Key (Florida, United States)
- The Baths in Virgin Gorda (British Virgin Islands)
- El Yunque National Forest (Puerto Rico)
- Masaya Volcano (Nicaragua)
- The Everglades (Florida, United States)
- The Rocky Mountains (Colorado, United States)
- Copper Canyon (Mexico)
- Synchronous fireflies (Great Smoky National Park, United States)
Your list of 20 may vary. The point is, you can have many types of experiences all through these 39 countries. You can decide which you want to visit, and which you want to avoid. You can decide big cities versus wild nature. You could travel a lifetime and never leave the North American continent! Click To Tweet
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