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Quebec City, Canada Travel Guide

With captivatingly picturesque old streets and a position above St. Lawrence River, the oldest French-speaking city in North America is a seductive and gorgeous place. A UNESCO World Heritage site, its picturesque Old Town is a living museum with soaring church spires, seventeenth and eighteenth-century houses, and narrow cobblestone streets.

Quebec goes to extra lengths to entertain its visitors. The Winter Carnival is arguably the most colorful and biggest winter festival in the region. Also, fall and spring bring thinner crowds, beautiful foliage and dramatically reduced prices. Here are the top attractions in Quebec City, Canada.

Le Quartier Petit-Champlain

Arguably the most picturesque district in the city, Le Quartier Petit-Champlain sandwiched between the waterfront and the Old Upper Town has this city’s most intriguing galleries and museums, plus several statues and plaques and lots of restaurants and outdoor cafes along its streets.

Le Chateau Frontenac

Reputedly the most photographed hotel in the world, this elegant structure was commissioned by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1893 as part of its luxury hotel chain. Its imposing wings, winding hallways, and fabulous turrets complement its dramatic location graciously. Over time, it has welcomed dignitaries from different parts of the world, including Alfred Hitchcock, Franklin Roosevelt, and Winston Churchill.

La Citadelle

Covering about 2.3 square kilometers, the largest fort in North America was begun in the 1570s by the French but what is seen today was built by the British from 1820 and intended to defend the city against an invasion that never happened. An hour guided tour takes in several historical structures, including the reduit used as a military prison and the King’s Bastion. Today, the Citadelle is Canada Royal 22s base.

Musee de la Civilisation

This museum vows even before you have clapped your eyes on any exhibits. It’s a captivating mix of contemporary design that incorporates modern architecture with pre-existing buildings. The permanent exhibits: ‘This Is Our Story’ and People of Quebec –Then and Now are highly educational, sensitively curated, and unique. At any moment, there is an exceptional variety of rotating shows. This is the only museum in Quebec that focuses on contemporary culture and issues. The museum is a big place with lots of great stuff to see, so ensure you only focus on 1 or 2 exhibitions if you are not staying for a full day.

Terrasse Dufferin

Perched on a clifftop, this boardwalk is the perfect setting for a stroll with sweeping and spectacular views. It is peppered with street performers in summer; it hosts a sensational toboggan run in winter. Near the Samuel de Champlain statue, stairways descend to the Champlain second fort excavations.

Plano, Texas Travel Guide

From delicious cuisine and fantastic shopping to gorgeous parks and world-class venues, Plano has everything to make your Texas trip great. Whether you are visiting for a short business trip, a weekend getaway, a special event or sports tournament, chances are you will have a great time. The first settlers in Plano were subsistence farmers who were given land grants in the 1840s. Today, it is Collin County’s largest city and a recognized center of enterprise and business.

In the early days, the Texas Central Railway connected local ranchers and farmers to markets in Dallas and throughout the country. Part of the railroad that put this city on the map welcomes visitors to this day. At the Inter/Urban Railway Museum, you will learn about the city’s history and see a restored train car from the 18th century. You can also tour the Heritage Farmstead Museum for an experience of living history. It was once a homestead but now functions as a window into how the Blackland Prairie lived.

 

For a feel of fictional history, visit Southfork Ranch. This ranch is known to fans across the world as the site of ‘Dallas’, the popular TV show. If your visit to the one-time of the Ewings’ has you in the mood to deck yourself in cowboy gear and jewelry, you will find no shortage of boutiques and national chains waiting and ready to help. At Legacy West, there are many upscale shopping centers with chic local labels and designer brands, but they are hardly the only options you have. The downtown area of Plano and its malls have a host of restaurants as well as a wide range of retailers.

 

Legacy Town Center is a cluster of open spaces, homes, restaurants, hotels, shops, and businesses, all in a village-urban style setting. The shops here feature an upscale mix of home furnishings, as well as men and women’s clothing. Also, the center is home to a stylish 5-screen boutique cinema, the Angelika Film Center, devoted to specialty film, as well as some of the best restaurants in the area, including Fleming’s and Mexican Sugar, Bob’s Steak & Chop House.

Downtown Plano Arts District is a pulsating community of event venues, galleries, performing arts, urban living, alongside unique restaurants and boutique shops. Downtown Plano features free outdoor movies and concerts as well as festivals for all seasons. With over 60,000 sq.ft of attractions, Crayola Experience is the most colorful family destination in Texas for creative and interactive play. Children of all ages can embark on a whimsical and wonderful adventure with such amazing experiences as learning how crayons are made, wrapping and naming their own Crayola crayon, and much more.

Thanks to its lush parks, 1000+ dining options, high-end shopping centers, Plano has enough appeal for those who love outdoor adventure and urban fun.