Totem Poles of the First Nations in Vancouver, Canada. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

“Through travel I first became aware of the outside world; it was through travel that I found my own introspective way into becoming a part of it.”

Eudora Welty

Explore the history, diverse cultures and traditions of the North American countries of Canada, Mexico and the United States. North American culture reflects both the cultures of its indigenous people- the Native Americans as well as the culture that is influenced by European Colonization.

United States is the third largest country in the world and one of the most culturally diverse countries of the world. Described as the ‘melting pot‘ of North America , amalgamation of different cultures has given shape to the unique U.S. culture.

Mexico is the most populous state of North America and one of the largest city in the world.

Canada is the largest country of North American region and covering more than half of the continent’s area.


Eatonville mural of Zora Neale Hurston. Photo: Kirsten Harrington

Welcome to Eatonville, the Town that Freedom Built

By Kirsten Harrington

I’ve driven by the exit off Interstate 4 just north of Orlando, Florida, dozens of times, and always wondered about Eatonville. You can see the sign from the freeway that reads “Oldest Incorporated African American Municipality in America.” Recently, I decided to take the exit and finally explore this city of … Read more   Read more

United States History
Bridge to Eau Claire

Eau Claire’s Artistic Wonders

By Robin Raven

The American heartland city of Eau Claire is enjoying an artistic renaissance. Sitting at the junction of the Eau Claire and Chippewa Rivers in Wisconsin, Eau Claire is French for “clear water,” and water is a defining physical feature of the city.   Read more

United States The Arts
horno-albuquerque

Quirky Albuquerque, Five Things To Experience in the Land of Enchantment

By Melissa Curtin

Most people think of Santa Fe when visiting New Mexico, but Albuquerque, where Native culture combines with New Mexican and Mexican influences throughout this quirky city, is a fascinating place to visit.   Read more

United States Off the Beaten Path
New France festivalgoers dressed in period costumes

Quebec City: Where New France celebrates its heritage

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

In 1608 the first Europeans set foot on North American soil. Samuel de Champlain, considered to be the founding father of New France, built a settlement that would later be called Quebec City.   Read more

Canada Events & Festivals History
aquinnah-Martha Vineyard

Martha’s Vineyard: Along the Deaf Heritage Trail and beyond

Nancy Gardella, executive director of the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce, says that Martha’s Vineyard is so much more than its pretty beaches and famous residents. Among the stories Nancy reveals is the Vineyard’s troubling story of colonization and the island’s surprising legacy of sign language.   Read more

United States History Indigenous
My People’s Market 2018

Exploring Portland’s Multicultural Offerings

By Becky Garrison

The cult TV show Portlandia pushed Portland, Oregon to hipster fame, but behind the city’s heralded “cool” veneer, lies a white supremacist history. Black people were explicitly forbidden from living in the city when the state entered the union in 1859.   Read more

United States Off the Beaten Path History
Acadia National Park

Exploring Acadia National Park

By JenLyn Fitz

Acadia National Park is one of the fifty-eight National Parks in the United States and it is in the state of Maine.  The park’s original   Read more

United States Backpacking & Camping Family Travel History
Capt. Tucker and Hercules. Photo: Kathleen Walls

Cajun Culture in Lafayette Parish

By Kathleen Walls

In Southern Louisiana, French Canadian migrants settled and intermingled with the existing community to create a unique ethnic group, the Cajuns, whose culture continues to thrive today. Visitors can learn more about the Cajuns through a visit to Lafayette Parish, where they can explore their history, customs, music and food.   Read more

United States Experiences
Lincoln Memorial

Unlocking the Weird, Wonderful and Obscure Secrets of Washington, DC

From spirit circles to brothels and Sonny Bono, these are just a few of the backstories behind JoAnn Hill’s new book, Secret Washington DC.   Read more

United States Off the Beaten Path
Gondola-ride-in-the-New-Orleans-Museum-of-Art-Sculpture-Garden. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

Top 8 Free Things to do in New Orleans

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

Let’s face it; travel can be expensive. But, when you know where to go, you can explore new destinations at a fraction of the cost. One of our favorite places, New Orleans (aka The Big Easy), can be pricey to visit but is filled with rich culture, historic buildings and … Read more   Read more

New Orleans Budget Travel Family Travel
View of Goldsboro Art Square. Photo: Kathleen Walls

The Rise and Fall of Goldsboro, Florida: An African American Town

By Kathleen Walls

Many people know the story of the African American town Rosewood from the movie about the massacre, but how many of us have heard of Goldsboro, Florida, the second black incorporated city in the United States, which also thrived and was subsequently destroyed?   Read more

United States History
Kwanzaa - Christmas lights in Texas

‘Tis the Season: Texan Celebrations of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa

By Courtney Campbell

During this season, Texans celebrate these holidays with unique customs and traditions. With a population fast approaching 30 million, the diversity of the Lone Star State is particularly demonstrated in the last month of the year.   Read more

United States Events & Festivals
Beautiful pyramid of Chichen Itza. Photo: Thomas Später

A day trip to Mexico’s Chichen Itza

By Thomas Später

Because Chichen Itza is one of the new 7 world wonders according to UNESCO, this place represents the most-visited archaeological site in Mexico.   Read more

Mexico Nature & Outdoors
Arizona - Wupatki Ruins

Exploring Arizona’s Ancient Native Dwellings

By Breana Johnson

I squint my eyes, trying to blur out the gaps in the mud walls and the crumbling walkway below it. What was it like to live here? Did the landscape look the same a thousand years ago? I try to imagine animals and kids running around under the canopy of … Read more   Read more

United States History
Thanksgiving in Beijing with friends and party favors. Photo: Kirsten Harrington

Celebrating Thanksgiving in Beijing, China

By Kirsten Harrington

It was Fall of 2019 and Beijing was beautiful, with ripe persimmons hanging from trees like lanterns and golden gingko trees glowing in the park. But as the days grew shorter and the arctic chill set in, my spirits sank. Thanksgiving was just around the corner, and I longed for … Read more   Read more

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