North America

Exclusive guide to the best holiday destinations in north America, independent reviews from award-winning travel writers

22nd Dominican Republic Jazz Festival

18/12/2018 by .

It’s an audience like no other. The musicians are surrounded by children in wheelchairs. They all have some kind of mental handicap but really do seem to be enjoying the music, some of them joining in.

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Havana. 500 years of enchantment

07/11/2018 by .

Early morning and I’m standing under the shade of an old silk-cotton tree in Arms Square in Old Havana. Legend has it; it was here under a tree just like this one that the first Mass for the city was held on November 16, 1519. Ever since it’s been a tradition for Habaneros to fill the square on the same date each year to walk around it three times.

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Green Adventures in Vermont

17/09/2018 by .

I’m standing near the top of Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s highest mountain contemplating a descent down the world’s fastest and most exhilarating zip line experience. It’s around two miles to the bottom and, although I’m the timid type, Vermont is spurring me on to all sorts of outdoor craziness.

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Cuba for first-timers

07/09/2018 by .

Imagine a tropical island of bone-white beaches, washed by seas of azure blue, whose multi-racial population displays no whiff of racism? The population are entitled to free healthcare and education from cradle to grave, free housing and almost free public transport. Sounds like Utopia…right?

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Whale watching in New Brunswick

28/08/2018 by .

My whale-watching skipper went by the name of Mackie Greene. The expectation of a ‘Quint’ look alike (Robert Shaw’s boat captain from Jaws) quickly evaporated when he met me at the wharf on Campobello Island.

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Breaux Vineyards, Virginia

25/07/2018 by .

One day Paul Breaux was clearing a field on a farm he had bought in 1994 in Loudoun County, Virginia when he found some old grapevines. He recultivated the vines and made a little wine for family and friends.

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The Very Odd Side of Las Vegas

23/07/2018 by .

Las Vegas is known to be a place for its high rollers and neon entertainment. TripReporter recently covered the artsy side of the city. But if you peel all the glitz away, you’ll see a very bizarre side of the city. For those of you who enjoy experiencing the absurd, check out some of these altogether truly unusual attractions.

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Nevis Mango and Food Festival

19/07/2018 by .

I’m standing in the middle of the main street in Charlestown, the tiny capital of Nevis, with my apron on, facing a frying pan and a collection of ingredients. Curious locals wander past intrigued by what’s going on. Fortunately, I’m not alone and New York Chef, Seamus Mullen, is directing eight of us to cook Mahi-mahi with mango.

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Ten Best Museums in Mississippi

02/06/2018 by .

With four major museums opening in the last three years, Mississippi now has as much to offer culture vultures as fans of blues music and those interested in the history of the south. Mike Gerrard, a frequent traveller there, lists ten of his favourite Mississippi museums.

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Take the Tequila Express

08/05/2018 by .

Every Saturday morning at 11am a train leaves Mexico’s second city, Guadalajara, heading for a small town of about 14,000 people in the Jalisco highlands: Amatitan. Mike Gerrard takes the express train to Herradura, Mexico’s oldest tequila distillery. 

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