Two out of eleven of England's official National Parks are located within North Yorkshire and both reflect the typical geology of the area.
The largest settlement in the ceremonial North Yorkshire is York but in the administrative North Yorkshire Harrogate is the largest. The main north-south road through North Yorkshire is the A1 which has gradually been upgraded to motorway status since the early 1990s. The short A66 and part of the M62 are the only motorways within North Yorkshire. Other nationally maintained trunk routes are the A174, A168/A19, A66 and A64.
North Yorkshire is home to several football clubs, the most successful of which is Middlesbrough FC who play in the Coca-Cola Championship. York City FC who have played in the Football League but today play in the Conference National. Whitby Town play in the Evo-Stick Premier League and have reached the FA Cup first round seven times.
North Yorkshire has many racecourses including Redcar, Thirsk, Ripton and Catterick Bridge. It also has one motor racing circuit, Croft Circuit; the circuit holds meetings of the British Touring Car Championship, British Superbike and Pickup Truck Racing race series. Yorkshire County Cricket Club, play a number of fixtures at North Marine Road, Scarborough.