The word safari calls to mind exotic destinations like Africa, full of native animals you can’t see anywhere else. North America has a host of animals as well and is an up and coming wildlife destination.
The US and Canada are vast countries with plenty of wilderness and national parks to keep any nature lover in awe.
Newfoundland is a hot spot for whale watchers and for good reason. Thousands of great whales travel over the drifting icebergs to the north shore to feed in the summer months.
A dip in the water could get you a glimpse of dolphins, a variety of seabirds, and porpoises.
Bison roam the land in Montana and these impressive beasts are awe inspiring just for their sheer size. Visitors can rent a log cabin to live on the land while taking in the local wildlife.
Your photo opportunity with a bison awaits! Just don’t get too close. They’re not exactly a cow, after all.
Yosemite National Park, California, US
Yosemite is famous among US travelers for its incredible geological views and the animals that call it home. Over 300 species of birds can be seen at Yosemite along with black bear and mountain lions. Take care, but enjoy the view.
Denali National Park, Alaska, US
Alaska is world renowned for its arctic beauty. Denali National Park is home to a myriad of animals including bears, moose, lynx, wolves, and caribou. It’s also an adventurer’s paradise, with plenty of opportunities to hike or snowshoe. Dog sledding and skiing are other popular tourist activities.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming / Montana, US
If you enjoy wild animal sightings, Yellowstone Park is a must stop for you. You’ll see moose and beaver, impressive bighorn sheep, and both black and grizzly bears. Wolves abound as well.
Knight Fjord, British Columbia
This Canadian destination is all about giant grizzly bears. They’re active during most seasons of the year. Visitors can catch a glimpse of grizzly bears visiting the water in the spring, courting in the summer time, and poaching salmon in the Fall by the Glendale River.
Kiawah Island, South Carolina, US
Bobcats are found in 47 of the 50 US states and are the country’s most common wildcat with a population of around 2 million. In spite of their widespread numbers, it’s unusual to see them out and about. Kiawah Island is known for a bountiful population of these impressive cats.
Polar bears are stunning, massive, and unusual to see in person. A trip to Churchill could change all of that for you, however. It is one of the world’s premiere spots for polar bear sightings, as the bears trek over the ice catching seals for dinner.
In the fall, the bears queue up on the shore to sun themselves and conserve energy. It’s the perfect photo op.
Baffin Island, Canada
If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at dog sledding, the fjords of the Arctic Circle are waiting for you in Canada. Hiking, snowshoeing, and kayaking are wonderful ways to get close to fox, ringed seal, walrus, and even narwhals. It’s a breathtaking experience to see these gentle giants in their native environment.
Prince Albert National Park, Canada
Price Albert Park is another incredible Canadian destination presenting visitors with a view into the day to day life of the animals that call it home. Expect to see the usual Canadian mammals like wolf, moose, fox, elk, otter, and several species of birds.
Snowshoeing and dog sledding are popular activities in this spot of the Great North, too.
Kodiak Island, Alaska, US
Brown bear safaris in Kodiak Island are common because of the plentiful population of bears and other native animals. In addition to being a bear hotspot, it is also known for its great bird watching potential.
For a truly impressive view, arrange for a helicopter or small aircraft ride over the terrain.
Idaho County, Idaho, US
Big cat fans shouldn’t miss a shot to see one in person. Idaho is home to cougars and has one of the largest populations of these rare felines.
It’s best to arrange a guided tour, however, to ensure your safety while you look for your memorable moment.
Go Make Memories
Before you take off for any of these destination vacations for a wildlife safari, make sure you stock up on camera film or battery chargers for your digital. You’ll never forget your experience, but a few photos will make it easier to share them with others.