Being the largest city in the state of Massachusetts, Boston has a lot to offer. Having also been home to the first public school, this capital city is rich in history, culture, and architecture. Here are some of the top sights to see when visiting Boston!
1. Boston Tea Party Museum: Re-enact one of the most iconic moments in American history! At this amazing venue, patrons can enjoy an interactive experience involving exhibits and live actors. For more info click here.
2. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum: This exhibit is a dedication to the iconic 35th president on the United States, John F. Kennedy. Experience American history firsthand and tour this library to bring Kennedy's presidency to life. For more info click here.
3. Quincy Market: Home to over 60 retailers and 200,000 square feet of market space, this incredible outdoor market has stood the test of time. Patrons have been attending the market for 189 years to enjoy the food, cobblestone streets, music, and street performers. For more info click here.
4. The Revere House: In 1775, Paul Revere set out on the journey that would one day make him famous. Before this venture, he inhabited a small wooden house that still stands in Boston as a historical landmark. Being the oldest building in downtown Boston, Revere's great grandson purchased the building to protect it from being demolished. Because of this and some external funding, the Revere House was able to open its doors to the public as one of America's first historical residential museums. To learn more, click here.
5. Bunker Hill Monument: This 221ft tall monument commemorates the Battle of Bunker Hill as it was built atop the field where combat ensued. What makes this monument particularly interesting is that it took 17 years to construct. For more info, click here.
To see all of these amazing sights and MORE, join us on our Boston & Salem Summer Tour this August as we travel to these fun-filled cities. If you would like to learn more about this tour click here or call us at (866) 208 2950.
Best sights to see when visiting Toronto
Since we are a Toronto-based bus tour company, it is fair to say ShortTrips.ca is well accustomed to the GTA and all that it has to offer. If you are visiting the area from out of town, here is where we believe are the best tourist spots to hit up before you go!
1. Bata Shoe Museum
Shoe lovers unite! Bata is the most renowned North American shoe museum with over
13, 000 artifacts. Explore history and pop culture through 4 different galleries and seasonal exhibitions.
2. Casa Loma
Built in 1914, Casa Loma is a beautiful example of Toronto's rich culture and history. Located in midtown Toronto, this castle was built by Sir Henry Pellatt and remains in its original condition as a heritage landmark. Tour the castle on your own or participate in their new escape games!
3. Aga Khan Museum
This museum displays the intellectual contributions of Islamic, Iranian, and Muslim heritage with beautiful artistic and cultural exhibits. The Aga Khan Museum was opened in 2014 and was built by a prestigious architect to represent the beauty of open dialogue about religious expression in Toronto.
4. Ripley's Aquarium
Explore the realm of Canadian and international aquatic wildlife! With over 20,000 species and many different shows and activities, it is easy to spend an entire day at this Aquarium. This location also features the longest underwater viewing tunnel in North America for all your photo ops!
5. The Half House
What a sight to see! This architectural feat is a result of tension between development workers and property owners that lead to the remarkable tearing down of half the house. Now it has become a popular photo destination for tourists from near and far. Read more about the history of the Half House here:
6. Distillery District
This foot-traffic only zone is known for the prevalent 19th century buildings and architecture that remain from old whiskey distilleries. The streets are cobblestone and reminiscent of a small European village. This district features many trendy shops, restaurants, boutiques, and galleries.
7. TIFF Bell Lightbox
This cultural hub in the downtown Toronto core is a destination for all things art, film, and culture. Encompassing 5 floors, this venue is a magnificent place to take in some thought provoking entertainment. You can see film's all year round, and if you're lucky, you'll be able to swing by during Toronto International Film Festival.
8. What A Bagel
With their first location opening in 1997, What A Bagel now has multiple locations across Toronto where you can enjoy bagels and other baked goods. What separates this bakery from the rest is their famous rainbow bagel that has been featured in many local news outlets.
9. The Monkey's Paw
This cute and indie store stocks special books, artifacts, and historical works. You'll also find the world's first vending machine for books.
10. Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
Featuring the largest collection of rare books and manuscripts in Canada. It is a part of the University of Toronto but is open to the general public for interaction and examination. They also hold special seasonal exhibits from time to time.
If you are looking for a short weekend getaway, try a bus tour!
Have you ever found yourself wanting to get away for a weekend? Do you spend your work weeks doing the same tedious daily routine? Do you want to experience some excitement and travel the world, one weekend at a time?
Bus tours might be for you!
At ShortTrips.ca we offer unique bus tours and weekend getaways, all departing from the GTA. Travelling by bus is a great experience for EVERYONE. We welcome all age groups from kids to seniors, while also accepting solo travelers and larger groups!
Travelling by bus is an eco-friendly, budget-friendly, stress-free, and flexible way to tour whatever destination your heart desires. If you're on the fence, check out our past reviews to hear what our clients have to say about us!
Have you heard of Ottawa's Tulip Festival?
The Canadian Tulip Festival is a celebration based on the gift of 100,000 tulip bulbs from Princess Juliana of the Netherlands to Ottawa, Canada’s capital, given in appreciation of the safe haven that members of Holland’s exiled royal family received during World War II in Ottawa and in recognition of the role which Canadian troops played in the liberation of the Netherlands.
The Festival is also a celebration of the return of spring, with over a million tulips in 50 varieties blooming in public spaces across the National Capital Region.
Chicago: City Guide
1. Popular to contrary belief, Montreal is not the capital of Quebec. It is Quebec City.
2. If you've ever taken pleasure in the classic Canadian cuisine of poutine, you have Quebec to thank for that one. Quebec is sometimes referred to as the "home of poutine" with many eateries in places such as Quebec City featuring versions of poutine with toppings such as chorizo and foie gras.
3. Quebec City is Canada's last remaining walled city, with over 4.5km of walls.
4. Quebec is the largest producer of maple syrup in Canada.
5. Quebec City was almost a US colony in the late 1700's.
6. The Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral is the oldest Catholic parish that can be found in North America.
7. Quebec's motto is: "Je me souviens" which translates to "I remember."
8. Quebec was able to lower rates of child obesity by regulating television ads for food and toys that are marketed to youth.
9. All the stop signs in Quebec are marked with "Arrêt", even though "stop" is a word in French, with all the stop signs in France being marked with "stop."
10. Every winter, an ice castle is built in Quebec City to boost morale and attract tourists.
If you've ever wanted to visit Quebec City for yourself, join us on our next trip!
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In order to seek freedom from enslavement during the mid 1800's, many African-Americans took to what was known as the Underground Railroad to reach safety in Canada. We know now that it was not in fact an actual set of train-tracks and tank engines being referred to, but rather a secret escape route consisting of houses, and brave individuals who wished to help others escape slavery. These individuals were known as conductors and acted as guides to help people find their way from safe house to safe house. The looming danger of using the Underground Railroad was evident and the journey to Canada required just as much help and support as it did luck.
To commemorate Black History Month, we have put together this eye-opening and educational 2-day trip to learn more about the "Underground Railroad" in this part of New York State.
The fact that the Underground Railroad existed at all is because men and women put their homes, wealth and sometimes even their lives on the line for a cause they believed in. So please join us to discover more about the routes, the methods, the iconic venues and the notable individuals who, at great risk to themselves, made it possible and along which perhaps as many as 100,000 fugitive slaves escaped to freedom.
To learn more about this upcoming tour, click here.
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