Welcome to North America – USA, CANADA & MEXICO
North America, third largest of the world’s continents, lying for the most part between the Arctic Circle and the Tropic of Cancer. It extends for more than 5,000 miles to within 500 miles of both the North Pole and the Equator and has an east-west extent of 5,000 miles. It covers an area of 9,355,000 square miles.
The continent is richly endowed with natural resources, including great mineral wealth, vast forests, immense quantities of fresh water, and some of the world’s most fertile soils. These have allowed North America to become one of the most economically developed regions in the world, and its inhabitants enjoy a high standard of living. They have the highest average income per person of any continent and an average food intake per person that is significantly greater than that of other continents. Although it is home to less than 10 percent of the world’s population, its per capita consumption of energy is almost four times as great as the world average.
North America is known for its scenic beauty and varied landscape ranging from the Rocky Mountains to rolling central plains and the snow-clad northern regions. The United States and Canada are the wealthiest and most economically developed nations in the North American continent. The Caribbean islands and countries in Central America are less economically developed, and agriculture and tourism have an important role to play in the economies of these countries. Mexico, to the South of the United States, has a large population and a mix of an agricultural and industrial economy, as well as a rich cultural heritage.
North America has a variety of tourist destinations from cosmopolitan cities such as New York, Washington D.C., Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles, to natural wonders such as Niagara Falls and Yosemite National Park, and entertainment destinations such as Hollywood, Las Vegas and Disneyland. Every year travelers from all around the world flock to North America. The natural diversity of the continent and the culture, festivals and cuisines of its countries add to the tourist attractions.