You might presume a long weekend is too short to travel internationally. Not true. In truth, there many places close enough to check out for a long weekend. Below is a list of wonderful places great for a fun weekend adventure.
Gorgeous Montreal, Canada boasts lovely French influence and old-world charm with all the features of a larger city (it's second in size only to Toronto). Visitors always enjoy the beautiful Vieux Montreal area with its interesting boutiques and inviting cafes and restaurants.
The well-known Mount Royal Park is a great place to spend an afternoon if the weather permits, as you can hike, rent a bicycle, or find a lovely spot for a delicious picnic.
The park also offers snowshoeing, ice skating and much more every wintertime.
Bermuda is not only internationally-renowned for its beautiful pink sand beaches, but this British overseas territory set in the mid-Atlantic is just a two-hour flight from many US cities. In addition to the incredible beaches, Bermuda is a great place to stroll around exploring its picturesque cobblestone streets, imposing forts, traditional colonial buildings, and interesting maritime history.
If you prefer a little heart-pounding exhilaration, rent a jet ski and head over to the notorious Bermuda Triangle.
Baja California Sur, Mexico
Cabo San Lucas in the southernmost part of the Baja peninsula has a great restaurant scene highly regarded for upscale local cuisine, an exciting nightlife, and beautiful world-class resorts right on the beach. Adventurers and water sports enthusiasts will also enjoy Lover's Beach for its gorgeous blue waters, fascinating caves to explore, and stunning rock formations.
Although its tropical rain forest feels like another world, Costa Rica is in fact a fairly short flight from many places in the U.S.
With 800 miles of stunning coastline, it offers fun in the sun, beautiful beaches, relaxation or adventure, and so much more. The Arenal Volcano area is considered its adventure capital where you can rappel down a waterfall; hike in the jungle while watching out for colorful birds, monkeys and sloths; enjoy a heart-stopping zip-line ride; and bathe in the volcano-fed hot springs.
While you might not think of Cartagena when you picture the Caribbean, it is in fact positioned on Colombia's Caribbean coast and has long stretches of white sand beaches, warm blue water, and unique coral reefs. The 500-year-old coral stone fortifications and much of the walled city are wonderfully intact and are some of the finest examples of civil and military architecture of Spanish colonial times.
Toronto, the largest city in Canada, is a cutting-edge, cosmopolitan center perfect for city lovers.
It is considered one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, with more than 50% of the residents born outside the city.
With Greektown, Little Italy, Koreatown and Chinatown all in city limits, visitors might feel as if they've seen more than a couple of countries after a trip to Toronto. Whether you are looking for extreme adventure, lounging on the beach with a cold drink, or something in between, there is an international weekend getaway ideal for you. Everything you want – love, adventure, culinary wonders, history – can be yours.
The Draw of the Mediterranean
It is universally thought that modern civilization began along the shores of Southern Europe – from the start of science and democracy to viticulture and art. Discover the history of the "Old World" along its coastlines. It will be hard to go back home once you've lain on the beaches of Italy and Spain, experienced the historical sights of Jerusalem and Greece and seen the incredible scenery of the Greek Islands and Santorini.
There is no other spot in the world like Rome, with its famous Colosseum and Pantheon, or Vatican City, home of the Pope and St. Peter's Basilica. Lovers of architectural design will enjoy a stop in Barcelona to see Antoni Gaudi's unforgettable work. Wine lovers will want to pass time in the celebrated wine regions of Chianti in Italy, Port in Portugal, and Provence in France. On the Adriatic coast, see the UNESCO World Heritage site of Dubrovnik, the historic city surrounded by ancient stone walls.
Tours for Every Hobby and Every Interest
Your bucket list may be chock full of thrilling adventures from trekking up Peru's Inca Trail, surfing the waves in Costa Rica, to horseback riding through the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, or running with the bulls in Pamplona. Get in a Ferrari F430 F1 Spyder to cruise along the curvy coastline of the French Riviera or fly an Air Combat mission, along the lines of Top Gun, in San Diego. These make for the perfect getaway for the adrenaline junkies out there.
Visiting the World's National Parks
You will be witness to some of the most breathtaking panoramas on earth at national parks found across the world. Read on to see which are some of the world's most celebrated national parks.
The Galapagos Islands
One of the world's most visited UNESCO sites, and also Ecuador's oldest park, is an island chain called the Galapagos Islands. Here you might get the opportunity to swim with some of the world's littlest penguins and come face to face with its huge tortoises.
From early tribal traditions to colonial influences, you will experience a range of cultures in countries such as Mozambique, Madagascar, Senegal, and Mauritius. Experience the spectacular beauty of the desert in Namibia or visit South Africa's lush green mountainous terrain.
Zanzibar, or "Spice Island", is a tropical archipelago off the coast of Tanzania regarded for its abundance of valuable spices, including cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg, making it a fantastic place to visit for food lovers.
There is an abundance of natural wonders in all regions of the Caribbean and the Americas, as well as extremely diverse cultures and lifestyles throughout. The Caribbean is certainly deserving of its reputation for a laid-back, casual lifestyle, though each island from Aruba and Antigua to St. Martin and Puerto Rico is distinguished by its own language and culture bestowed on it from Spain, The Netherlands, Britain, France, or Africa. Central America, the group of countries found between North and South America, has its own unique history and breathtaking landscapes.
Costa Rica entices with its lush green forests and waterfalls, while several countries offer historic remains left from ancient societies including the Aztecs, Mayas, and Olmecs. Travel through the Panama Canal to marvel at its unique design.
In North and South America you will discover many intriguing sights as well as spectacular beauty. A stop in Canada will give you the occasion to visit an 11th century Viking colony called L'Anse aux Meadows or wander through the charming streets of Quebec City. Discover the natural beauty of Alaska's glaciers when you cruise along the west coast of the U.S.A, or go to the east coast instead, if you fancy more cosmopolitan cities.
Continuing southward, travelers will encounter incredible ruins, a broad variety of cultures and peoples, and music we all know and love. A trip south to Brazil will give city lovers the occasion to visit Rio de Janeiro with its famous beaches and vibrant nightlife or nature-buffs the opportunity to see the rain forests along the Amazon.
Nature lovers should make a point of seeing the striking beauty of Chile's massifs and fjords, stopping in the seaside community of Valparaiso to walk its steep streets of colorfully painted buildings.
In Buenos Aires you can learn to dance the Tango, or merely take in a live presentation. See the whiteness of the snow-covered, frozen landscape in Antarctica.
The modern city of Hong Kong is Asia's hot spot for the business sector, finance, fashion, and food. Thailand's biggest island, Phuket, is famed for its stunning natural beauty, beach life, and culture. With its centuries-old cultural icons, including a vibrant Jewish community with seven synagogues that dates back to the 12th century, and St. Francis Church constructed by the Portuguese in 1503, Cochin (or Kochi) in the Indian state of Kerala has earned the moniker "Queen of the Arabian Sea".
Jordan's Petra, like Chaco Canyon, a designated UNESCO World Heritage City, has the nickname "Anasazi and Rose City" thanks to the color of the rock used to create it. To visit the world and all it has to offer, there is no better means than traveling in the style and elegance a luxury cruise offers