Get away – to the city! Each of our celebrated urban destinations is a traveller’s delight, a unique and vibrant culture unto itself, with restaurants, shopping, events and entertainment to make your getaway truly rewarding. Dublin for an unforgettable experience; Las Vegas for a long weekend; or New York City, whenever the spirit moves you. Discover a new favourite city or rekindle a relationship with an old one. Whether it’s a week or just a weekend, our urban vacation packages are guaranteed to provide the escape you need to renew your sense of possibilities.
Yes, there’s the blues, Chicago style. And the pizza, ever so deep dish and delicious. But there’s much more to the Second City and Chicago has truly become an urban destination that balances sophisticated with family friendly. From Navy Pier and the world’s most iconic Ferris wheel, to Wrigley Field, to the Willis Tower Skydeck, the must-see attractions offer a variety that’s uniquely Chicago. Add legendary sports teams, a thriving restaurant and nightlife scene, vibrant and eclectic arts and culture and outstanding shopping opportunities, and you’ve got a long list of reasons why Chicago makes our list of top vacation cities.
In the Land of a Hundred Thousand Welcomes, this city with infinite possibilities makes our list of top vacation cities. Irish heritage and culture have been on the world stage for so long, it’s fascinating to immerse yourself in a place so richly steeped in tradition. A visit to Dublin provides you with a lively and intriguing mix of the old and new. Museums abound and history awaits at every turn; but Irish hospitality proves that the culture of legend is still very much alive and thriving today. And of course, no trip would be complete without a visit to the Guinness Storehouse, where daily tours attract the many fans of Ireland’s tastiest export. Raise a glass or two and enjoy.
A sure thing you can absolutely count on: there’s always something fun to do in Vegas. Golf, shop, see a show, dine in one of the city’s many fine restaurants – and that’s just a typical afternoon’s possibilities. Known as the world’s premier platinum playground, this is a city that is seriously dedicated to defining the art of good times and makes our list of top cities. And yes, its home to the world’s most famous casinos, but this is also a family-friendly city where there’s fun to be had for young and old.
Few cities are as celebrated in song and story as Los Angeles. With near perfect weather year-round, it’s always a good time for good times. From the Hollywood sign to Sunset Boulevard, the sightseeing may have you feeling a bit of déjà vu. You may just catch a glimpse of a star or two, while you make your own star turn with a getaway of your design. Choose world class shopping, or head to the beach for more sightseeing. There are world famous museums and tourist attractions to visit by day. In the evening, legendary restaurants, clubs and entertainment venues are there for you to write your own LA story.
Soak in the sun and scenery, all while basking in the warm breezes off the Atlantic. Miami is a mecca for those looking to enjoy relaxing days, South Beach nightlife and more. The Cuban influence on the culture is evident everywhere with great food, music and warm hospitality. The classic seaside resort city, Miami provides fun around the water with beachside shopping, restaurants and clubs, on the water with sailing, boating and fishing, and in the water with swimming, diving and just plain relaxing on the beach.
Someone once said that the first visit to New York City was an adult portion. To be sure, NYC certainly has everything – and more of that everything than just about anywhere else. See the city from a harbour cruise, take a carriage ride or rent a bicycle and see Central Park, embrace the hustle and bustle and rub elbows with the locals as you make your way around town. Take in a Broadway show or two; visit the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim. The list of things to do in New York City can be truly mind-boggling – one visit can turn into a lifetime love affair.
Disneyland, of course, can be a trip all its own. For those in the know, however, this is also the California Riviera, with a unique feel and culture just waiting to be experienced. The winding coastline and beautiful weather offer a variety of choices for entertainment and recreation. Orange County is home to more than 40 championship golf courses, thriving beach communities like Huntington, Laguna and Newport and world class shopping and dining possibilities. The wide variety of hotel choices give you flexibility that you won’t find anywhere else.
One of WestJet Vacations’ most popular family destinations. Beautiful weather, a stellar dining and entertainment scene and outstanding recreation choices like world class golfing – all help to make the Orlando area a well-rounded and rewarding vacation experience. But it’s the theme parks that make this one of the world’s great tourist cities. Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, Legoland and Universal Orlando Resort, the list goes on and on. For kids of all ages, fun lives here year round.
When the point of getting away is relaxation and reward, look no further than Palm Springs. Yes, it’s the ideal setting for outstanding golf and tennis, but there’s so much more. Explore the Coachella Valley, and you’ll find stunning examples of desert architecture that you won’t find anywhere else, echoing and complementing the natural beauty and mystique of the surrounding landscape. You’ll also find a variety of restaurants and galleries that will reward your tastes for the eclectic and refined.
Need a place to rock your slacks with matching white belt and shoes? Get your Phoenix on. Golf is everywhere here, from budget-friendly public courses to bucket list must-play tracks. If golf’s not your thing, the shopping is outstanding, with many shops and boutiques dedicated to the Southwest flavour. There’s also plenty of recreation and sightseeing: the Sonora Desert can test the skills and mettle of serious mountain bikers and hikers, and provide adventure for day trippers. One of the largest cities in the Southwest US, Phoenix offers something for everyone, with a climate that’s sure to please.
Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo are absolute must-see attractions, and are always a treat for visitors of all ages. However, San Diego features many thriving communities that welcome explorers who choose to venture off the beaten track. Local artisans provide shopping and dining opportunities that can’t be found anywhere else. And if you’d like to add a little international flavour: the San Ysidro border crossing is the busiest in the world, so you’ll have plenty of company on your day trip into Tijuana.
Visitors flock to San Francisco to see historical icons like the Golden Gate Bridge, the Haight-Ashbury district, and perhaps just to find where Tony Bennett left his heart. The vibrant local music scene has produced many international artists, and is still thriving today. Food lovers enjoy a wide variety of options from eclectic and outstanding street fare to a diverse menu of microbreweries, funky pubs and fine dining choices. The city keeps redefining and reinventing itself, so each visit can yield delightful surprises.
So much to do and see. Ultimate sports weekend perhaps, with the Leafs, Jays and Raptors? Or maybe you want to see the city: the quickest and maybe coolest way to see Toronto and beyond is Edgewalk, the world’s highest hands-free walk – around the outside of the CN Tower. For those with less lofty ambitions exploring is easy, thanks to outstanding public transit options. Toronto is a cosmopolitan mosaic of cultures, expressed in a collection of vibrant and unique neighbourhoods and celebrated with many festivals and gatherings, like summer’s legendary Caribana Festival. See your favourite spots, or discover a whole new Toronto with each visit.
One of the world’s most beautiful cities, Vancouver has something for everyone. Go for a relaxing urban retreat, a sporting adventure or a weekend (or more) of West Coast attitude and nightlife. Here you can do it all. Foodies revel in a culinary scene where sushi and seafood rule. BC recreation is legendary, offering world-class skiing, mountain biking and sailing opportunities – often in the same day. The vibrant arts scene means you’re never at a loss for entertainment: whether it’s theatre, music, dance or the visual arts. Yes, it rains here – but like the locals, you’ll learn to love it.
Update: February 8, 2016
We added another fantastic destination to our network, and had to include it on this list.
Boston. One of North America’s oldest cities and one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. Boston is an intriguing mix of brains and brawn, style and smarts – rich in history, yet very much in the now. Boston offers so many possibilities: great restaurants and markets for dedicated foodies; four legendary professional sports teams – Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox and Patriots – for sports fans; a thriving arts and culture scene, with exceptional stops like the Institute of Contemporary Art. One paragraph barely scratches the surface. There are so many ways to enjoy Boston – and every new visit provides a new bunch of reasons to return.