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"Big cities: New York, Boston, Toronto and Ottawa" Top 5 Page for this destination North America Things to Do Tip by Bwana_Brown

North America Things to Do: 162 reviews and 162 photos

  Times Square in NYC – what more can I say?
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  • Times Square in NYC – what more can I say? - North America
      Times Square in NYC – what more can I say?
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  • Beautiful Charles Park in downtown Boston - North America
      Beautiful Charles Park in downtown Boston
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  • A Major League Baseball game in Toronto’s Skydome - North America
      A Major League Baseball game in Toronto’s Skydome
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  • Rideau Canal locks leading up from the Ottawa R. - North America
      Rideau Canal locks leading up from the Ottawa R.
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Some of North America’s most famous cities are located in the northeast, not far from either side of the Canada/USA border. If you make a trip to America, it is almost obligatory to at least check out New York City, a place I have visited many times but only rarely as a ‘tourist’. The famous skyscraper views, Central Park, the Statue of Liberty, shows and museums – there is so much to see and do. I always enjoyed the action around Times Square in downtown Manhatten, alive with activity day and night! The atmosphere in the city has improved immensely since my first visit in 1976 as things have become much safer and cleaner.

Located not too far away is another of my favourites - Boston, Massachusetts. Quite a bit smaller than NYC in its feel, this is a historic old city that is great for strolling around and enjoying the architecture or sights along the harbourfront. It has lots of great parks and pedestrian trails to enjoy, such as Charles Park (2nd photo) as well as interesting restored buildings like Faneuil Hall – once the city market and now an upscale restaurant/shopping area.

Over the border and on the shores of Lake Ontario is Canada’s largest city, Toronto, famous for the world’s tallest free-standing structure – the CN Tower. Located next door to the tower is another of Toronto’s landmarks, the Skydome sports centre with its retractable roof. I had the chance to take in a baseball game there on one of my business trips (3rd photo) and was very impressed by both the building and the atmosphere.

Not too far away to the east is Canada’s capital of Ottawa, a very picturesque government and university city located on the Ontario/Quebec border. My wife and I were recently there for a wedding and really enjoyed the chance to walk around its peaceful and safe streets taking in the sights. The 4th photo shows part of the old Rideau Canal where it meets the Ottawa River and also bits of Canada’s Parliament Building complex are visible at the left.

Directions: NYC/Boston in northeastern USA and Toronto/Ottawa in nearby Ontario, Canada

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  • Updated Aug 2, 2007
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