The two continents which make up this part of the world were largely unknown to the outside world until the 15th century when Christopher Columbus accidentally discovered North America. Although the Norse explorer Leif Erikson had already sailed to this part of the planet before the Spanish, he did not colonize the land and left it just as he had found it. Mass emigration from Europe to these ‘exotic’ lands resulted in large indigenous populations being wiped out from diseases and enslavement, leading to a huge loss of history and culture. However, today, the legacy of colonization has ensured that both the Americas share many common traits, common Indo-European languages, and a dominant religion, Christianity, which accounts for 86% of the population. The English influence on Anglo America which includes Canada and the United States is quite apparent when compared to Latin America which had a larger Spanish and Portuguese presence.

Given the extent of land that the Americas cover, from north to south, the diversity of the landscape and climate is vast. Kaffeklubben Island, the northernmost point on the earth lies in this region, while the southernmost point of the Americas extends to Antarctica. Running along the west coast is the American Cordillera which comprises the Andes in South America and the Rocky Mountains and other ranges in North America. The eastern side which is much flatter is characterized by large river basins such as the Mississippi and the Amazon. Today, travelers to the Americas are as ‘wowed’ by the New World as were the explorers. The blend of the old with the new, the gleaming metropolises such as Chicago, New York, Rio de Janeiro, and Miami to name a few, with some of the most advanced technology in the world, the rugged Wild West, and the lost worlds of South America, draw thousands of travelers to this part of the world.

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels in Costa Rica

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a place where the only limit is your return date! Whether you want to zipline, climb volcanic peaks, descend into caves or enjoy the turquoise sea waters, Costa Rica has it all. What’s more, it was one of Central America’s first countries to recognize LGBTQ relationships. Even today, it’s considered one of the…

11 Best Boutique Hotels in Denver, Colorado

11 Best Boutique Hotels in Denver, Colorado

A visit to Colorado is complete without exploring and spending at least a few days in its vibrant capital city of Denver. Home to a slew of excellent breweries and restaurants, an excellent art scene, and historic buildings, the city is one of the coolest American cities. What’s more, Denver is leading the boutique hotel movement, too,…

11 Most Romantic Hotels in Austin TX

11 Most Romantic Hotels in Austin TX

It seems that lately, everyone wants to spend time in Austin, including couples looking to engage in romance. Now, planning date nights at some of Austin’s most romantic restaurants seems right. But, sometimes, you might want to book yourselves into one of the city’s most romantic hotels. Whether you’re on your Texas honeymoon or even…

11 Best Family Hotels in Denver

11 Best Family Hotels in Denver

In case you hadn’t heard, Denver is one of the most popular destinations to visit this summer. Excellent weather, a plethora of attractions and sights, and some of the best pools around make this a great place for summer fun. What’s more, Denver is a very family-friendly city, with families flocking in from all over to check out…

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Calgary

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Calgary

Calgary lies just east of the Canadian Rockies and is the ultimate basecamp for outdoor adventures in the country. At the same time, the city is full of excellent restaurants and boutiques that radiate small-town urban charm. No matter what you’re here for, Calgary cherishes its diversity in the usual warm-hearted Canadian fashion. What’s more,…

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Valparaiso

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Valparaiso

Affectionately called a “mini-Berlin by the seaside,” coastal Valparaiso overlooking the waters of the South Pacific Ocean is one of the most vibrant of Chile’s cities. What’s more, Valparaiso and its neighboring Viña del Mar are amongst the gayest places on the continent! Santiago might be home to a larger gay scene, but it’s Valpo,…

11 Best Hotels in Downtown Denver

11 Best Hotels in Downtown Denver

Nestled at the base of the incredible Rocky Mountains, Denver is one of the cities that date back to the Old West Era. In fact, the city is home to some stunning Victorian architecture from the 19th century, as well as museums, galleries, restaurants, and more. Of all the neighborhoods in the city, Downtown Denver…

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In The Bahamas

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In The Bahamas

When Christopher Columbus first made landfall on the American continent, it was the Bahamas where he landed. The tropical islands, which lie at the northeastern edge of the Caribbean islands, are home to some of its most picture-perfect beaches. It might come as a surprise to many that the laws of the country are actually…

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Cartagena, Colombia

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Cartagena, Colombia

Captivating Cartagena is one glorious mess of historic grandeur on cobbled alleys, vibrant structures and plazas, and bougainvillea-covered balconies. What’s more, the old town, Cartagena de Indias, boasts 13 km of centuries-old colonial stone walls! It’s no wonder that it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. What’s more, Cartagena is the undisputed gay-friendly queen of Colombia’s Caribbean coast.…

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Saint Lucia

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Saint Lucia

Nicknamed the ‘Helen’ of the West Indies, Saint Lucia might as well as have been named the ‘Pearl of the Caribbean.’ Lush forests and plantations, pristine white-sand beaches, and tons of luxurious resorts and villas dot this island. Whether you’re a nature lover or a water bum, there’s something for everyone on this island. And,…

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Belize

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Belize

The Central American country of Belize could very well be the melting pot of the Caribbean. In fact, its residents belong to widely disparate groups such as Creoles, Garifuna, Mennonites, East Indian, Mestizos, and Mayan! Brilliant white-sand beaches, some of the world’s best beaches, lush national parks, and some of the world’s most spectacular reefs.…

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Martinique

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Martinique

Cosmopolitan Martinique is one of the most sophisticated islands in the Caribbean. This is an overseas region of France, so the island’s culture is a distinctive blend of the Caribbean and French influences. What’s more, in terms of laws and general sentiment, Martinique is very gay-friendly as well. In fact, it’s one of the more…

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Victoria

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Victoria

Afternoon teas, castle-like homes, and a decidedly British flavor are what Victoria is known for. Exuding a veritable old-world charm, the city sits on the waters of the Salish Sea right across from the state of Washington. What’s more, it boasts excellent seafood, wine, decadent dining, and some of the west coast’s best microbreweries. Aside…

11 Best Hotels in Elgin, Illinois

11 Best Hotels in Elgin, Illinois

Elgin is a historical city in Northern Illinois. This growing city is the eighth-largest in this state. It’s also the 241st largest in the United States. Boasting a rich history from 19th-century industrial presence in dairy production and watchmaking, this city was once known as the “butter capital of the world”. It achieved fame because…