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 10 Things To Do In Memphis

Top 10 Things To Do In Memphis

Memphis might be the land of the Delta blues that an old song talks about, but travelers feel anything but blue when they visit. Walking in Memphis means seeing where some rock-and-roll legends lived and sang. It means standing in places where ground-breaking historical events happened. It means lip-smacking barbecues and cold beer in snazzy…

Top 10 Things To Do In Baltimore

Top 10 Things To Do In Baltimore

The largest city in the state of Maryland. Baltimore is one of the most popular cities in the U.S. A hugely popular destination with a huge number of things to do. Highlights include museums, historic landmarks, shopping, and dining. A lot of the tourism centers around the Inner Harbor. Despite this, Baltimore is much more…

Top 11 Things To Do In Córdoba

Top 11 Things To Do In Cordoba

Argentina‘s second most populous city after Buenos Aires is Córdoba, a cliched mix of the old and new. This university city, bustling with a young population is a cauldron of style and culture, reflected in the number of reputed museums, galleries, and ‘hip’ cafes. The diverse architectural styles around Córdoba, from the Gothic to the…

Top 11 Things To Do In Winnipeg

Top 11 Things To Do In Winnipeg

Winnipeg’s strategic location at the confluence of the Assiniboine and Red Rivers, and at the eastern edge of the Canadian Prairies, has earned it the sobriquet ‘Gateway to the West.’ The largest city of Canada’s Manitoba province is a surprisingly sophisticated melting pot of culture. There is much to see and experience in this city…

The 12 Most Beautiful Places In Bolivia

The 12 Most Beautiful Places In Bolivia

The largest landlocked country in the Southern Hemisphere and only one of two landlocked countries in the Americas is the intriguing nation of Bolivia. Bolivia has aptly been described as a land of ‘superlatives’ with the highest capital city, largest salt flat and the driest desert in the world all within its boundaries. From the…

The 12 Most Beautiful Places In Peru

The 12 Most Beautiful Places In Peru

One of the most enigmatic countries of South America is Peru with its megadiverse landscapes combined with a rich ‘golden’ history. Its 5000-year history is showcased in the numerous archaeological sites that are scattered throughout the different parts of the country. From pre-Incan Geoglyphs of Nazca and remnants of Chan Chan, to the Incan sites…

Top 12 Things To Do In Valparaiso

Top 12 Things To Do In Valparaiso

The city of Valparaiso in Chile is one of the South Pacific’s most important seaports. In the second half of the 19th century, it was a major port of call for ships that crossed the Straits of Magellan, traveling between the Atlantic and Pacific. The opening of the Panama Canal brought an end to its…

Top 12 Things To Do In Cusco

Top 12 Things To Do In Cusco

Sitting high up in the Andes at an elevation of 3,400 meters is the Inca capital, Cusco, designated as the ‘Historical capital of Peru.” This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the Americas. Although the Spaniards demolished most of the important buildings of the city, they used the foundations for…

Top 12 Things To Do In Mendoza

Top 12 Things To Do In Mendoza

The City of Mendoza as it is officially known as is located in the northern central part of the province of Mendoza in Argentina. The bustling tree-lined city is a stopover point for climbers to Mount Aconcagua and also for skiers in the winter looking for easy access to the Andes. Mendoza is synonymous with…

Top 12 Things To Do In Montevideo

Top 12 Things To Do In Montevideo

The capital of Uruguay, Montevideo, is the southernmost capital in the Americas and has been consistently rated first on the quality of life in Latin America. The city was founded in 1724 by a Spanish soldier as a strategic move against Portugal during the dispute over the platine region. The first inhabitants of the city…

Top 12 Things To Do In Arequipa

Top 12 Things To Do In Arequipa

Arequipa, the second-largest city in Peru after Lima, has earned the sobriquet of the ‘legal capital of Peru’ since it is the seat of the Constitutional Court of Peru. It is also part of the Southern Peru Tourist Corridor along with Cusco, Puno, and Nazca. The city which was founded in 1540, has maintained a…

Top 12 Things To Do In Quito

Top 12 Things To Do In Quito

Quito, the capital city of Ecuador sits at an elevation of 2,580 meters above sea level, making it the second-highest official capital city in the world, after La Paz. It also has the distinction of being the closest capital city to the equator with its central square being about 25 kilometers south of the equator.…

Top 12 Things To Do In Santo Domingo

Top 12 Things To Do In Santo Domingo

The capital and largest city in the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo holds the distinction of being the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in the Americas. Founded by Bartholomew Columbus, the brother of the famous explorer, the city was named in honor of Saint Dominic in 1495 and became the ‘Gateway to the Caribbean‘. The city…

Top 12 Things To Do In Kauai

Top 12 Things To Do In Kauai

There are many varied kinds of travelers in this world- some like mountains, whereas some likes a cozy walk along the beach, whereas still others enjoy the solitude of forests. For lovers of beaches, the calm blue sea, and a coastal lifestyle, Hawaii is a must-visit spot. Kauai happens to be the oldest of the…

The 12 Most Beautiful Places In Brazil

The 12 Most Beautiful Places In Brazil

Brazil, the largest country in South America and Latin America is also the fifth largest country in the world. The country which spans such a vast area has plenty of geographical diversity and variations in the landscape. It is no wonder then that the country is filled with some breathtaking sights. From the natural beauty…

Top 12 Things To Do In Antigua And Barbuda

Top 12 Things To Do In Antigua And Barbuda

The Caribbean country of Antigua and Barbuda is blessed with vast expanses of pristine beaches, lagoons, and natural harbors. No surprises there as it lies between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Antigua boasts of having 365 beaches, one for every day of the year, and as such, attracts a larger number of visitors.…

Top 12 Things To Do In Saint Kitts And Nevis

Top 12 Things To Do In Saint Kitts And Nevis

This beautiful two-island nation in the West Indies also referred to as the Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis is the smallest sovereign state in the Western Hemisphere. Despite its size, Saint Kitts and Nevis have a rich history. These islands were among the first islands in the Caribbean where the Europeans decided to set…

Top 9 Things To Do In Fire Island

Top 9 Things To Do In Fire Island

Off the coast of New York, there lies a long island chain known as the Long Island which penetrates the Atlantic Ocean. Now, Fire Island happens to be a long island stretch running almost parallel to the south of the Long Island. As the name suggests, the island itself has a very intriguing history which…

Top 12 Things To Do In Puerto Vallarta

Top 12 Things To Do In Puerto Vallarta

Mexico is the third largest country in the Northern American continent, attracts a lot of tourists every year. Mexican cities are considered to be the gateway to a more free and relaxing world of blue waters and palm trees. This is why perhaps Puerto Vallarta is so famous all around the world. No matter if…

Top 12 Things To Do In Fort Lauderdale

Top 12 Things To Do In Fort Lauderdale

Being one of the most popular tourist destinations in Florida, Fort Lauderdale can be considered as the hub of US forts made during the time of the Second Seminole War. Three forts are primarily said to be in the upfront which makes Fort Lauderdale a famous tourist attraction. As the city is a part of…

Top 12 Things To Do In Salvador

Top 12 Things To Do In Salvador

Sao Salvador da Bahia de Todos os Santos or simply Salvador is the capital of Bahia in Brazil. It was the first capital of Brazil, founded in 1549 by the Portuguese and continued to be the capital until 1763. The colonial influences are evident in this city which is one of the oldest colonial cities…

Top 12 Things To Do In New Orleans

Top 12 Things To Do In New Orleans

When it comes to the United States of America, there a lot of places which ignite a strange fire within the heart- the fire which compels your mind to explore new things and delve deep into the history of the site. One such place is New Orleans! Located to the south of the Mississippi River,…

Top 12 Things To Do In Detroit

Top 12 Things To Do In Detroit

Located in the juncture of North American state of Michigan and the Canadian state of Windsor, Detroit is one of the most dynamic US cities. Culturally, technologically, and historically, this city is worth the visits from tourists from all around the world. Despite so many grieving and devastating situations, the town has retained its liveliness…

Top 12 Things To Do In Calgary

Top 12 Things To Do In Calgary

Nestled alongside the Bow River and perched at the foothills of the Canadian Rockies, Calgary is the fifth largest city in Canada. Located in the province of Alberta, the city of Calgary has often made it to the top of the list of the cleanest cities in the world. Many people visit Calgary to hit…