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A medley of thrill-seeking moments from land, air and sea

There’s no sitting still in North America. In fact, it could turn the most docile of dynasties into get-up-and-goers. Yet depending on where you end up, there’s a different definition of high-octane – particularly in the trifecta of California, Canada and Florida. Where snow-capped mountains merge into waves that welcome all water babies, the Golden State is one big road trip where the thrills exude Cali-cool in the form of family surfing lessons, VIP movie studio tours and a helicopter ride over San Francisco’s iconic landmarks.

Outdoorsy households have it best in Canada, with all ages getting their hands dirty. Outstanding nature is a given so to mix things up it’s all about experiencing the great outdoors from different perspectives. Custom made boats give close up encounters of the aquatic variety, while those with a head for heights get a great view from the top of a Sitka fir tree. Later on, tales are swapped around a campfire on a night so quiet it’s almost possible to hear the cries of joy all the way in Florida. Bathed in eternal sunshine, this mostly peninsula-based state is where adrenaline-inducing theme parks and lollygagging on stretches of fluffy sand merge perfectly.

A Pacific Coast rite of passage

With the dramatic cliffs of the Pacific Coast Highway charting the course, jump behind the wheel and take the whole brood on one of America’s most iconic road trips through some of California’s gems. The trendy streets of San Francisco are the first port of call, where some of the country’s most iconic landmarks all feature on the agenda, but so too do tours of the city’s neighbourhoods – from historical Chinatown to the cool waterfront. Then, behind the wheel of your hire car, take off down California’s Route 1 to the rippling landscapes and ...

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Thrills & spills in the Sunshine State

Splash Mountain to space shuttles and street art to alligators, Florida is the archetypal family favourite that brings joy to everyone’s inner lost boy or girl. Florida hasn’t earned its nickname for nothing. Being blessed with year-round sun from coasts to theme parks, it’s rare that any endeavour here needs to take a rain check. The nerve centre of theme park thrills – Orlando – is the first port of call on this trip. Hair-raising roller coasters are the obvious and most fun venture, but VIP tours and queue-jumping take the visits to a whole...

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A nature lover's nirvana

Round up the troops for a trip into the heart of Canada’s wilderness; where glimpsing a black bear on the treeline, swimming under waterfalls, and a nature cruise up the sound are just the tip of the iceberg. Vancouver’s hubbub kicks off the adventures in your own time. Take it slow or head out into the city on a morning tour of Granville Island Market, before the option to tour Capilano Park or board the Skyride to the top of Grouse Mountain. Then before you know it, a seaplane and a horse drawn carriage later, and you’re on the doorstep of ...

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