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Montreal, QC, Canada

 

A decidedly French atmosphere greets visitors to this Canadian city. Many cruise ships dock at the old town, putting the restaurants, shops and many of the major sites within walking distance. Visitors can tour the old town in a horse-drawn carriage. Other lures include the views from the Mont-Royal lookout, a ride to the top of Olympic Park, the Western Hemisphere's oldest public clock at the Sulpician Seminary and the Laurentian Mountains.

St. Lawrence Seaway

 

The St. Lawrence Seaway stretches from Montreal to Lake Erie. Named after the St. Lawrence River, it is a system of canals that allow ships to sail from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes. While cruising, ships pass through a series of locks allowing passengers to experience the seaway firsthand. The St. Lawrence Seaway includes the Welland Canal and Great Lakes Waterway and cities such as Quebec and Buffalo make their home along the seaway's shores.

Quebec City, QC, Canada

 

Upon entering this provincial Canadian capital, visitors will think they've arrived in medieval Europe. The Lower Town lines the shore of the St. Lawrence River, while in the Upper Town, stone houses front cobblestone streets. The often-photographed Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac hotel overlooks the city from its high perch. Stops on sightseeing excursions included Petit Champlain, the oldest street in North America; 1820; and Montmorency Falls.

Charlottetown, PE, Canada

 

Charlottetown is the capital city of Canada's smallest province, Prince Edward Island. This farming island is best known as the setting of "Anne of Green Gables," the famous 1908 novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Walking tours visit the 19th-century homes, and scenic drives pass through the island's fishing villages. Other major attractions include the House of Green Gables, Prince Edward Island National Park and the shipbuilding museum near Port Hill.

Sydney, NS, Canada

 

Nova Scotia means New Scotland, and the sound of bagpipes is not uncommon here. early Scottish settlers felt the land resembled home. The most popular excursion is a trip to the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Park, an amazing re-creation of a 1744 French fortress. Bird-watchers will want to venture out to Bird Islands to spot the Atlantic puffin and bald eagle. The sinuous Cabot Trail along the coast offers one of the most dramatic drives in North America.

Halifax, NS, Canada

 

This city's seafaring roots run deep. Displays at the Maritime Museum include models of vessels and a Titanic exhibit. Excursions visit the Citadel National Historic Park, the Nova Scotia Museum, St. Paul's Anglican Church and the Historic Properties. Many tourists make the short trip to the Bay of Fundy or Peggy's Cove.

Bar Harbor, Maine

 

Bar Harbor sits on Mount Desert Island, just off the rugged coast of Maine. It is surrounded by Acadia National Park, where beaches, forests and granite cliffs make up some of the country's most beautiful scenery. visitors can cruise Frenchman's Bay, join a whale-watching adventure or enjoy a New England lobster bake. In town, there are shops, museums, and art galleries to explore.

Boston, Massachusetts

 

History lies around every corner of this Massachusetts city, which was founded in 1630. Boston is best explored on foot; follow the three-mile Freedom Trail for a sampling of its most notable landmarks. the marked trail leads to 16 historic sites such as the Old North Church, the Paul Revere House and Faneuil Hall. At the trail's end, you can visit the USS Constitution, also known as "Old Ironsides." It's the oldest commissioned warship in the U.S. Navy. Other options: Visit one of Boston's extraordinary museums; explore Cambridge, home to Harvard (it's just across the Charles River); or stop by the Bull & Finch Pub -- it inspired the TV show "Cheers."

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