If you're anything like us, you want to go EVERYWHERE and see EVERYTHING. Too much wanderlust, too little time sound familiar?
From East to West, from North to South, there's so much to explore in the Americas, even we don't always know where to start! And it got us thinking - what are the most far-flung destinations we visit, and what's so awesome about them?
Very closely winning the accolade of being our northernmost destination, tiny Chicken has a year-round population of under 40. It's one of the few surviving gold rush communities in Alaska, with still-active gold mines in the surrounding areas. The community has no mains electricity, internet or central plumbing – but Sue's famous Cinnamon Rolls alone are worth using the outhouse for...
Dawson City, Canada
Dawson City is actually a town, not a city. Confusing, huh? Located in Canada's Yukon territory, it was the base for the Klondike Gold Rush of the 1890s. The wooden shopfronts lining Dawson City's downtown area give it a real frontier vibe – you'll feel like you're on the set of an old-school Western movie. Check out Diamond Tooth Gertie's for an authentic Yukon experience!
The first major community across the Canadian border into Alaska, Tok is the perfect place to get your first taste of Alaskan wilderness. Be at one with nature, with hiking and bird watching right on your doorstep. Don't miss the local pancake toss competition - if you get the pancake into the bucket, you’ve earned yourself a free breakfast!
Obviously, our South American destinations are dominating this category – and they're all definitely worth a visit! Urugay's capital is no exception - 1724 by a Spanish soldier, Montevideo is vibrant and eclectic. And nearby cattle ranches allow for the ultimate cowboy experience. Fun fact - Montevideo hosted all the matches of the very first FIFA World Cup!
Referred to as the `Paris of South America', Buenos Aires is one of the contintent's most exciting cities to visit. Make sure to catch an authentic tango show, chow down on tasty steak dishes and sip the finest Argentinian red wine!
Sunny Santiago nestles in the Andes Mountains, with epic views aplenty - particularly if you head to top of San Cristobal Hill. Temperatures here can reach up to 36 degrees Celsius, so grab a drink and people-watch along the bustling city streets. There's a lively and exciting food scene here, as well as lots of cultural experiences, amazing architecture and magnificent museums.
Rio De Janeiro
Turns out South dominates the East too, with another of South America's most vibrant cities being one of our most far-flung destinations! Rio de Janeiro is not only home to the famous annual carnival, but a whole host of incredible spectacles to behold. Chill out on it's gorgeous beaches, dance the night away in lively bars or explore this colourful city in a more-laid back way - the choice is yours (or you could just do it all!)
Acadia National Park
We love South America as much as anyone - but we also had to squeeze in our most Eastern US location. Because, quite frankly, Acadia National Park has to be seen. Beautiful and diverse, this wonderful natural space set on the rugged East coast offers wonderful woodland landscapes, rocky beaches and glacier-scoured granite peaks.
The small Brazilian town of Parati was once a major port for the export of gold and coffee. Nowadays, it's a beautifully preserved Portuguese colonial town, known for its historic centre of cobblestone streets, its backdrop of steep jungled mountains and coastline of secluded beaches.
Turns out Dawson City is also our Westernmost destination too! So we've taken a bit of license with these picks...don't tell!
Nope, you're not in Italy! Oregon's city of the same name couldn't be more different in style, but there's still beautiful scenes aplenty in this ocean-side area. Take a stroll around the old town's charming shops and cafes, or find yourself a beautiful evergreen forest to explore. Enjoy the sunshine in style!
Redwood National Park, California
Crane your neck upwards to try and spot the tops of some of the world's tallest trees as you walk amongst the giant Redwood trees. Established in 1969, Redwood National and State Parks contain some of the most protected landscapes in the world. Dreamlike and enticing, you'll definitely feel dwarfed by these woods.
Tofino, British Columbia
Surfing? In Canada? Probably not the first thing that would spring to mind, but Tofino is a laid-back surfing town and great base for adventures into Pacific Rim National Park. With some fantastic hiking trails and opportunities to spot bear, go whale watching or indulge in a spot of sea kayaking, you won't be short on things to do here!