15 must-visit cities in 2015: Part three
A new year means it’s time for one of our favorite things – planning our must-see travel destinations for 2015! After hearing about where and why you want to travel this year, we compiled a list of 15 places we think you all will love visiting this year. It’s a pretty tall order picking only 15 great cities to feature out of the more than 3,800 we serve, but we did knowing there’s something for everyone here. So far we’ve shared the first 10 stops on our travel list for this year on the West Coast and across the Central United States, join us as we drive back up north visiting Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Columbus, Montreal and Thunder Bay, Ontario!
Looking to visit America’s capitol and do more than visit all of the national monuments and Smithsonian museums? (For the record, you definitely should go see these during at least one of your trips to D.C.) Then head over to Georgetown to see the oldest building in D.C., The Old Stone House, which commemorates the daily lives of Georgetown’s first residents. Then, take a cupcake and macron tour through this part of the city hitting some delicious spots!
Just a few hours away you’ll arrive in Philly which also has an abundance of historical attractions for you to visit. First-timers should definitely visit the Liberty Bell and Benjamin Franklin’s house and print shop. For lunch (or any other meal), the Reading Terminal Market is a definite must. The market is home to more than 80 merchants and has a variety of options for meals, either to eat there or to take home with you. If you’ve been to the city before or just want to do something a bit off the beaten path, take a walk down Boathouse Row along the Schuylkill River. While the neighborhood is beautiful during the day, the best views come when the houses are lit up at night.
Next we’re off to the Midwest to visit Columbus’ German Village! This neighborhood has plenty to eat, drink and explore and has a heavy European influence. If you think heaven could resemble a book store, do not forget to stop at The Book Loft to see what their 32 rooms of books has waiting for you to discover. A few blocks north of The Book Loft you can visit the Ohio Statehouse and Capitol Square.
If you’re ready to brush up on your French, you’ll be more than ready to visit Montreal with us! Head over to Mile-End if you’d like to wander around shops, take in the beautiful old world architecture and find some fantastic food. The Mile-End is where the old world charm merges with a new age artsy vibe. When you’re looking for a more traditional and artistic experience, visit the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Musee des Beaux-Arts) where you can spend your time admiring the work of classic artists including Rembrant, Picasso and Monet in addition to Canadian artists.
We’re rounding out the list with a visit to Thunder Bay. This city sits along the shore of Lake Superior and adjacent to “The Sleeping Giant.” Don’t worry – this giant is permanently resting as it’s actually a provincial park and a formation of mesas and sills jutting out on the lake. From May 15 through Oct. 15, visitors can stop by the Amethyst Mine Panorama to dig for their own gems. Thunder Bay is a great place for a winter trip if you’re ready for all of those exhilarating cold-weather activities like skiing, ice climbing, ice fishing, or taking a snowmobile or dog sled ride – just to name a few.
What do you think of our list so far? We want to hear what cities are on your must-travel list this year!