What do you see looking out your window at work? Along your daily travels to the grocery store or daycare centre? It’s time to experience beautiful again. Reserve your retreat vacation time and pack your bags. There’s a wealth of incredible places within a couple hours’ flight.
A short search of spectacular sites throughout North America reveals sweeping landscapes, breathtaking views, and adventures that will make you feel like a kid again. Ready to experience what this continent has to offer? In no particular order, here are the best vacation spots in North America.
Banff/Lake Louise, Alberta: Images of Banff National Park and Lake Louise are awe-inspiring. It showcases jagged green forest trees and waters bluer than you can imagine. Whatever your preference, this area always blows people away. Make sure to take in views from Johnston Canyon, Mt. Weed, Sulphur Mountain, and those iconic bright red chairs.
Calgary, Alberta: Travelers flock to Calgary for its annual events like the Calgary Stampede, dubbed “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.” Whatever your tastes, Calgary has something incredible for you—from the Calgary Folk Music Festival to The Big Taste. Nature is ever-present, too, in the many city parks and, of course, nearby national park superstar, Banff.
Cambria, California: Sitting on the prettiest stretch of coastal land in California, Cambria is an idyllic little town amongst immense beauty. Retreat, revive, rejuvenateas you walk the Moonstone Beach Boardwalk to spot sea life, or take a horseback tour through the mountains with Covell’s California Clydesdales. Often serving as home base for those traveling to Hearst Castle, Cambria has plenty of its own charms to explore.
Cambridge, Massachusetts: A city composed of diverse little pockets, Cambridge offers a flavor for every palate. Harvard Square is the smallest and is the favourite of book worms, but Central Square has a lot to offer and is an ideal area to explore the eclectic flavors of the city. Make your way to East Cambridge for hidden treasures, or charming Inman Square for quality shopping and a world class selection of beer.
Huntsville, Alabama: A hidden gem in North Alabama, home to the United States Space & Rocket Center as well as the nation’s largest privately-owned arts facility. Huntsville (or “Rocket City” as the locals call it), has something for everyone: music, science, hiking, art and beer. You can visit Botanical Gardens, learn about NASA or even bike to local breweries on the Craft Beer Trail. Go for the space camp, but stay for the food, culture and people.
Los Cabos, Mexico: The marlin sport-fishing capital of the world, Los Cabos has rapidly gained popularity as one of the top vacation spots in Mexico. Located in the state of Baja California Sur, Los Cabos is composed of two towns: San Jose and San Lucas. While Cabo San Jose is a traditional town with a relaxed, quiet ambiance, Cabo San Lucas is all about luxury resorts, upscale restaurants and a glittering party scene.
Paso Robles, California: Widely known for wine, Paso Robles excels at more than reds and whites. The area has seen a rise in cideries, distilleries, and breweries. Pair your perfect beverage with an equally great meal at eateries around town. Take your pick of flavors, from California coast-meets-Mexico at Fish Gaucho to local delights at Thomas Hill Organics.
Quebec City, Quebec: European charm, romantic ambiance, exquisite cuisine and charming hotels make this a vacation destination you’ll fall for. Feel the Spray at Parc de la Chute-Montmorency (a waterfall 30 meters higher than Niagara Falls). Explore Parc National de la Jacques-Cartier, one of Québec’s most dazzling glacial valleys. Old Québec, a UNESCO World Heritage treasure, is walkable and safe. Stroll the only fortified city north of Mexico and its cobblestone streets.
Rocky Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador: Rocky Harbour has access to some of the most stunning sights in Newfoundland and Labrador. While in town, you absolutely must sign up for boat tours (like with the esteemed Bon Tours), or kayak your way along the shoreline and past the increasingly tall cliffs. You might also want to stop into Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse and see the views of the shore from this quaint landmark.
Sedona, Arizona: Sedona is an Arizona desert town near Flagstaff that’s surrounded by red-rock buttes, steep canyon walls and pine forests. It’s noted for its mild climate and vibrant arts community. Uptown Sedona is dense with New Age shops, spas and art galleries. On the town’s outskirts, numerous trailheads access Red Rock State Park, which offers bird-watching, hiking and picnicking spots.
Tulum, Mexico: Located on Mexico’s Riviera Maya, Tulum is a dusty old beach town that has exploded in popularity over the past few years. White sandy beaches, clear turquoise Caribbean water, and lush green jungles all fight for precious real estate in this incredible beach destination.
Durango, Colorado: This city may be small but it boasts plenty of big-time attractions. Start with Mesa Verde, one of the best-preserved cliff dwellings in America. The ancient homes were carved into the rocks roughly 1400 years ago, and 600 homes are still viewable today. How about some white water raftingon the rushing Lower Animas River? If you really want your breath taken away, try one of the longest zip lines in America, which takes you flying over the San Juan Mountains.
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