For most people, international travel means heading to Europe, Asia, or the Caribbean. But our neighbor to the north, Canada, is an incredibly scenic nation with amazing history and charm. It can also be cheaper to travel to destinations in Canada, as you can drive there. And if you live in certain states, you can even travel there with just a driver’s license. If you’ve never been to Canada, here are 5 great destinations to look into.

Toronto – This city in Ontario is a smaller, cleaner, more modern New York City, complete with cultural pockets, mass transit, and a nearly endless supply of things to do. Toronto is known for its cultural diversity; towering skyscrapers; and PATH, the largest underground shopping mall in the world. If you like big cities like New York or Chicago, Toronto will be a great experience.

Vancouver – Another large, bustling city, Vancouver is in the British Columbia, just north of the border with Washington State. It offers both beaches and mountains around it, making the scenery stunning. It also affords you with ample opportunities for excursions outside of the city.

Niagara Falls – Niagara Falls has both an American side, in Niagra, New York, and a Canadian side, in Ontario. The American side is, perhaps, easier to get to in that it is in the United States, but the Canadian half is known for better views and a better experience. After seeing the Horseshoe Falls, as it is known, you can walk around the restaurants, hotels, and observation towers that surround them. Niagara Falls should be on everyone’s bucket list.

Whistler – Located in the mountains of British Columbia, Whistler is home to the largest alpine ski destination in North America. If skiing, snowboarding, or other winter activities are your thing, there is nowhere better than Whistler. Whistler covers two mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb, and features an incredible gondola which transports you from one to the next, giving you great views of the towns below.

Halifax – Rich in history and scenery, the capital of Nova Scotia has it all. Where cities like Vancouver are extremely young and lacking in history, Halifax has a history unlike anywhere else in North America, including helping in the rescue efforts of the Titanic. And when you’ve had enough history, you can always find a street festival, live performance, or show to see. Outside of Halifax, the rest of Nova Scotia is very rural, creating many great opportunities to see the countryside.

No matter where you decide to look, looking in Canada is a great way to see the world without breaking the bank.

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