If there is anything the pandemic has taught us (from a travel perspective), it is to appreciate the destinations we have close by! While some travelers might feel comfortable traveling to international destinations, we completely understand that others would prefer to stay close to their homes and explore the destinations they can drive to or avoid long flights for! Take the opportunity to explore your own backyard and save some time and money while getting to know your nearby destinations with these local trips to take when you don’t want to travel too far:
Canada might be known for its chilly winters and snowy seasons, but this beautiful country can be praised for so much more! Home to some of the most breathtaking national parks on the planet, a trip to Jasper National Park, known for its extraordinary views of the Canadian Rockies and its abundance of wildlife, will truly take your breath away! And let’s not forget about Banff National Park — where you may discover otherworldly views of the gorgeous bright turquoise waters, breathtaking meadows, fascinating rivers, and magnificent glaciers in the vast Canadian wilderness. Top this off with a trip to Vancouver, Canada’s emerging coastal city where you can see breathtaking views of the ocean and mountains simultaneously, and spend a few extra days in Whistler, Clearwater, Calgary, and Canmore for one of the best local trips to take!
Making your way out east, you will see a completely different side to Canada! While the west might be the perfect place to discover the true beauty and power of the Canadian wilderness, the East Coast offers an incredible opportunity to experience the faster pace of life in the big cities, marvel over the extraordinary architecture, and even see some of the Great Lakes! Take a trip to Toronto, the most multicultural city in the world, where you will discover fascinating neighborhoods devoted to different cultures. See the CN Tower along with the beautiful harbourfront before you visit Quebec City, known for its magnificent European-inspired architecture. Don’t forget to explore Montreal, the second-largest French-speaking city in the world after Paris! Discover the beauty and power of Niagara Falls for one of the best local trips to take and see the legendary attractions of Ottawa — the capital city of Canada!
If you are looking to discover some of the most famous and iconic attractions on the planet, a trip to the American West Coast might be for you! Between the flashing neon lights of Las Vegas, the breathtaking wineries of Napa Valley, the world-class restaurants of Palm Springs, the beautiful beaches of Santa Monica, the glamorous boulevards of Los Angeles, and other extraordinary stops along Route 66, what more could you truly ask for? Top it off with a night in the Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, a trip to Death Valley, known for its fascinating extremities, and a magnificent day in Yosemite, home to mysterious valleys, ancient sequoias, and so much more! The only thing that might make your journey even more magical is a trip to Disneyland, where you can see your favorite characters come to life in the world’s first Disneyland theme park in Anaheim!
For those who are looking to experience the hustle and bustle of some of the biggest cities in the world, a trip to the American East Coast will help bring your dreams to life! Experience the fast pace of life in New York City as you wander around The Big Apple and discover the famous landmarks of the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. Cross the border into Canada to see both sides of Niagara Falls, one of the most famous waterfalls in the world, and learn about the traditional way of life of the Amish people in the American countryside! A trip to Washington D.C. will leave you in even more wonder and awe as you may discover the famous White House, and learn about American history in Philadelphia, the “City of Brotherly Love” and the birthplace of the United States!
Perhaps you are not only looking to explore a new destination, but you are looking to put your Spanish-speaking skills to the test! A trip to Mexico will give you the best of both worlds as you may dine at the exotic restaurants and immerse yourself in the vibrant nightlife of Mexico City, learn about the rich history of the country with plenty of museums to choose from, and discover the ancient ruins of Chichen Itza and Tulum as you head on a journey back in time! Between famous art galleries, magnificent palaces, and the extraordinary number of museums, you will have plenty to do and a rich and fascinating culture to explore (which explains why traveling to Mexico is one of the best local trips to take)! Make sure your taste buds are ready to taste the exotic flavors of the local herbs and spices, and your eyes are ready to see the breathtaking beaches, magnificent mountains, dynamic cities, and architectural wonders throughout the country!