It's hard to think of leaving a province like Alberta when it has so much beauty and adventure to offer. Yet sometimes its time for a break, a siesta in the park or a walk among ruins. There are aspects of Albertan culture reflected in destinations around the world. Whether it's a steak in Tennessee or exploring the mountains of the Yukon, there are many destinations to travel to that remind us of and perhaps enhance our Alberta experience.

These destinations are still unique, offering a break and rejuvenation, and add on to things that Albertans already love. Here is a list of nine irresistible travel spots that Albertans can travel to when looking for a break.

Nashville, Tennessee - For The Country-Style Hospitality
You haven’t experienced country music until you’ve walked down Broadway in Nashville and popped into a bar playing it live. Restaurants host live bands that can be spotted through long glass windows and heard from across the street. With music that will have you groovin’ to the rhythm and topped off with traditional country meals, it doesn’t get more country than Nashville. Dine at the city’s top rated burgers at National Underground accompanied by some delicious grilled potato chips. If there’s room for partyin’ after, walk into one of the traditional country clubs and dance the night away.

The Yukon - For The Wilderness
Think Banff National Park is as big as it gets? Think again. With landscapes stretching up to almost three times the size of Yoho and Banff National Park combined, the Yukon will leave you mesmerized. As you drive to Dawson City, the birthplace of the Klondike Gold Rush, or take on an adventure on the irresistible Dempster Highway, remember that you may have a greater chance of running into a grizzly bear than another car. Take in the mountains, eat some sourdough bread and relish the landscapes that inspired works of many artists including the The Cremation of Sam McGee by Robert Service. The Yukon is one of the rare places in the world where you can climb a mountain that hasn’t been attempted before and a land that beckons you to get in lost in it. An ode to the truly vast Canadian landscape, the Yukon is raw wilderness waiting to be explored.

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  • Downtown Nashville Honky Tonks

  • Kluane Lake, The Yukon

  • Maui, Hawaii

    Sunrise on the summit of Haleakala on the Hawaiian Island of Maui

  • Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

  • Peru

    A scenic view in lost city of Macchu Picchu, Peru

  • Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Old colourful buildings by the canal in Amsterdam

  • Cape Town, South Africa

  • Outback, Australia

  • Baja California, Mexico

  • Downtown Nashville

  • Riding The Dempster Highway

  • Hawaii

    View over Waikiki Beach at night

  • Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

  • Argentina

    A pair of tango dancers perform on February 25, 2009 in San Telmo in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The tango dance originated from Buenos Aires and Montevideo, Uruguay.

  • Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Sydney, Australia

  • Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

  • Mount Logan, The Yukon

  • Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

  • Aurora Borealis, Dempster Hwy.

  • Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

  • Teotihuacan, Mexico

  • White Pass & Yukon Route Train, The Yukon

  • Cape Town, South Africa

  • Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

  • Top Of The World Highway

  • Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

  • Whitehorse waterfront at night

  • The Dempster Highway

  • Dawson City, Birthplace Of The Klondike Gold Rush

Montreal - For The Music If there’s any industry Canada is known for (besides Energy and maybe politeness) it's music. And anyone who has hung out at the Calgary Stampede or Edmonton Folk Music Festival, knows we like our music. The Festival Intl. de Jazz de Montreal is the ultimate celebration of Canada’s music scene. With almost 70 per cent of free outdoor shows and a two block radius dedicated to tunes, we know why this festival made the list of being the largest in the Guinness World Records. Not into Jazz music? Don’t fret - 40 per cent of the music isn’t jazz and this festival guarantees to be a party of a lifetime. Top that off with Montreal's authentic French aura and you’ve got the perfect getaway. The festival will be held from June 28-July 17 in 2013.

South America -For The Exotic While there is a lot of beauty to the north of us, taking a vacation to somewhere completely different is a must have on the travel list. Why not venture down south to discover a land truly foreign. Some Spanish, cocoa tea and the mist of the rain-forest can only mean good things. With diverse food for you palette and changing scenery for your eyes, exploring South America means a vacation for all your senses. With the Andes in Chile and sizzling Tango in Argentina to the vivacious rain-forest and breathtaking beauty of Machu Picchu in Peru, you can’t go wrong with a flight down south. And who knows, you may just discover that the land is not so foreign after all.

Amsterdam, Netherlands - For The Cyclist With bike lanes popping up everywhere and local bakeries being the trendy spots in town, a green sub-culture is on the rise in Alberta. As an eco-friendly culture blooms here, Amsterdam is a city that will show you the way. With beautiful canals and thousands and thousands of bike lanes, Amsterdam is an Albertan cyclist's dream. The two wheelers are really the king of the street here, often brushing past pedestrians and traffic. With bike signals, parking lots and everything bike friendly, Amsterdam is the place to be for those who love their two wheels. Enjoy a canal tour while you're there, that lets you wander through the ancient transportation system and revel in the beauty of the quaint houseboats. Or walk through the city where the detailed architecture tells a story of the city's past. Be sure to stop by local bakeries and try the heavenly fries from Manneken Pis., a surprisingly pleasant treat from a simple dish.

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  • Mexico

    The luxe <a href="http://www.fairmont.com/mayakoba-riviera-maya/" target="_hplink">Fairmont Mayakoba</a>, located along a peaceful stretch of the Yucatan coastline and within easy reach of the airport in Cancun, has a Winter Offer rate of 20 percent off - in early December, that means $175 a night for spacious rooms with a furnished terrace or balcony - a good deal on one of Mexico's most high-end resorts. Based on availability, one night nonrefundable deposit required. How much to fly to Cancun? Check out our <a href="http://www.airfarewatchdog.com/cheap-flights/to-cancun-mexico/1011" target="_hplink">current list of airfares from your local airports</a>. RELATED: <a href="http://www.airfarewatchdog.com/blog/13110708/updated-how-a-flexible-date-airfare-search-can-save-money/" target="_hplink">How to save big money by doing a flexible date airfare search</a>.

  • Orlando

    Beat the crowds to see the newly expanded and reimagined Fantasyland at Disney's Magic Kingdom (opening Dec. 6) with a pre-Christmas visit. The <a href="http://wyndhamgrandorlando.com" target="_hplink">Wyndham Grand Orlando Bonnet Creek</a>, located on Walt Disney World property just a stone's throw from EPCOT, offers complimentary park shuttle service and low rates between Thanksgiving and Christmas starting at $139 a night. By the way, did you know there are two Orlando airports? It's true! Super low discounter Allegiant flies into both (Orlando International and Sanford). Airfares to <a href="http://www.airfarewatchdog.com/cheap-flights/to-orlando-florida/1441/?airport_code=mco" target="_hplink">Orlando International</a> and <a href="http://www.airfarewatchdog.com/cheap-flights/to-orlando-florida/1441/?airport_code=sfb" target="_hplink">Orlando Sanford</a>.

  • Las Vegas

    Christmas isn't so busy in Sin City - even this town likes to take a breather, once in awhile. It needs one, too, before the absolutely insane celebration that takes over the city at New Year's. On New Year's Eve, rooms at the iconic <a href="http://bellagio.com" target="_hplink">Bellagio</a> resort (that's the one with the fountains) start at a jaw-dropping $599; throughout December and straight through Christmas Day, you can book the same room for <a href="http://www.tingo.com/hotel/Bellagio-Las-Vegas-Las-Vegas-Nevada/91703/?rooms=[{%22adults%22:2,%22children%22:[]}]#a=2012-12-05&d=2012-12-06&rooms=%255B%257B%2522adults%2522%253A2%252C%2522children%2522%253A%255B%255D%257D%255D" target="_hplink">$149 midweek</a> and up (ask for one of the newly-remodeled Resort rooms - they're really nice.) And if you book at <a href="http://www.tingo.com/" target="_hplink">Tingo.com</a>, and the room rate drops between the time you buy and just before you check in, you might even get money back to your credit card. <a href="http://www.airfarewatchdog.com/cheap-flights/to-las-vegas-nevada/1435" target="_hplink">See low airfares to Vegas from your nearest airport(s). </a> RELATED: <a href="http://www.airfarewatchdog.com/blog/3802063/10-reasons-to-visit-las-vegas-including-some-very-cheap-airfares/" target="_hplink">10 reasons to visit Las Vegas</a>

  • Chicago

    Holiday shopping can be a total blast in the Windy City; between its two busy airports, you'll nearly always find a decent fare at this time of year, too. Book in at the <a href="http://milenorthhotel.com" target="_hplink">MileNorth</a>, a newer boutique option just steps off the city's famed Magnificent Mile. Save here and you'll have plenty of money left over for shopping - rates start at $119 during the "dead" midweek periods. Use code 25MILE, based on availability through Jan. 31. And so save even more, <a href="http://www.airfarewatchdog.com/cheap-flights/to-chicago-illinois/1938/?airport_code=ord" target="_hplink">here's a list of low airfares</a> to both <a href="http://www.airfarewatchdog.com/cheap-flights/to-chicago-illinois/1938/?airport_code=ord" target="_hplink">O'Hare</a> and <a href="http://www.airfarewatchdog.com/cheap-flights/to-chicago-illinois/1938/?airport_code=mdw" target="_hplink">Chicago Midway</a> on all airlines, including Southwest.

  • The Bahamas

    Feel like celebrating the fact that you made it through another Thanksgiving with the relatives? Break away for a three-night cruise from Miami over to the islands of the Bahamas on Royal Caribbean's Majesty of the Seas. As I write, the November 30 departure - which stops at the line's private island, Coco Cay, has interior cabins for $169 per person plus port taxes. Isn't that almost cheaper than staying at home? Book with your travel agent or royalcaribbean.com And <a href="http://www.airfarewatchdog.com/cheap-flights/to-miami-florida/1174" target="_hplink">airfares to Miami and Ft. Lauderdale</a> are really cheap from just after Thanksgiving to mid December.

  • New York

    Really? Cheap deals in New York at peak holiday shopping/tree lighting/window viewing/rink skating/sledding in Central Park season? It's not impossible. The good value <a href="http://wolcott.com" target="_hplink">Hotel Wolcott</a> offers a starting rate of $150 and up, based on availability, between December 16-26. The Ritz it's not, but the hotel, just next door to the Empire State Building, features complimentary continental breakfast and proximity to the Macy's windows, Fifth Avenue, Rockefeller Center and many other holiday season essentials. And you have <a href="http://www.airfarewatchdog.com/cheap-flights/to-new-york-city-new-york/974/?airport_code=jfk" target="_hplink">three airports to compare prices</a> (LaGuardia, Newark and JFK), so there's almost always a deal this time of year. RELATED: <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/george-hobica/15-gripes-about-hotel-rooms_b_1255915.html" target="_hplink">15 gripes about hotel rooms</a>.

  • Washington DC

    From the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse at the White House to the popular Seasons of Light show at the Smithsonian's Discovery Theater (not to mention the Washington Ballet's annual performances of The Nutcracker), Washington at the holidays is a hit with the kids - and a more manageable endeavor than New York at this time of year, for sure. <a href="http://savoysuites.com" target="_hplink">The Savoy Suites Hotel</a>, located up near the National Cathedral (which is particularly lively at this time of year), has rates from approximately $140 per night from Dec. 9 through Christmas - amenities include free access to the Washington Sports Club, free internet and other good stuff. Find a low airfare to <a href="http://www.airfarewatchdog.com/cheap-flights/to-washington-dc/984/?airport_code=iad" target="_hplink">Washington Dulles</a>, <a href="http://www.airfarewatchdog.com/cheap-flights/to-washington-dc/984/?airport_code=dca" target="_hplink">National</a> or nearby <a href="http://www.airfarewatchdog.com/cheap-flights/to-baltimore-maryland/794/" target="_hplink">BWI</a> Airports here.

  • Anaheim

    Why Anaheim now? Well, for one, that weird and cheesy California Adventure park has been completely overhauled; of all the good things that have happened there, the best has to be the new 12-acre Cars Land, otherwise known as Nirvana for all the pint-sized (and not-so-pint sized) fans of that hugely successful Disney franchise. Then, across the plaza, there's Disneyland itself. And also there's the weather in Southern California. It's probably warmer than where you are now. Go, before school lets out and the entire city of Los Angeles (and everyone else within driving distance) rolls in for their holiday visit. The best place to stay, of course, is right on Harbor Drive, within walking distance (or complimentary shuttle) of both Disney parks - the <a href="http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g29092-d218752-Reviews-Candy_Cane_Inn-Anaheim_California.html" target="_hplink">Candy Cane Inn</a> is a tried-and-true Tripadvisor favorite (currently #2 in Anaheim); rates in early December start between $130 and $150 and include breakfast, shuttle and free parking. Sound good? Find a low airfare to <a href="http://www.airfarewatchdog.com/cheap-flights/to-santa-ana-california/1887/" target="_hplink">Orange County</a> or <a href="http://www.airfarewatchdog.com/cheap-flights/to-los-angeles-california/1697/" target="_hplink">Los Angeles International</a>.

  • Boston

    From the elegant architecture of Commonwealth Avenue to the elegant shopfronts of stylish Newbury Street, Boston's Back Bay is a pleasure at any time of year, particularly in the run-up to the holidays. At the heart of the neighborhood and just a short stroll from the Public Garden and Boston Common, the boutique <a href="http://www.tingo.com/hotel/Charlesmark-Hotel-Boston-Massachusetts/225873?searchDone=1&rooms=[{%22adults%22%3A2%2C%22children%22%3A[]}]" target="_hplink">Charlesmark Hotel</a> has rooms (small but nicely furnished rooms, some with pleasant views, it should be mentioned) from just $119 through December and into the Christmas week. And <a href="http://www.airfarewatchdog.com/cheap-flights/to-boston-massachusetts/1738" target="_hplink">airfares can be surprisingly low to Boston</a> this time of year. RELATED: <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/george-hobica/a-long-weekend-in-boston_b_2025669.html" target="_hplink">A Long Weekend in Boston</a>

  • Grand Canyon

    One of the country's most visited places shifts into winter mode after Thanksgiving. This means fewer people, which means that roads requiring the use of shuttle buses in high season are once again opened to private cars. Rates at the canyon rim-adjacent hotels fall a little more in line with what they're actually worth, too. The historic cabins at <a href="http://grandcanyonlodges.com" target="_hplink">Bright Angel Lodge</a> can be had on some early December dates for approximately $115 per night; if you don't mind sharing a bath, they have standard rooms for just a little over $70, too. (Note: Some construction is currently taking place on the grounds during daylight hours.) Fly into <a href="http://www.airfarewatchdog.com/cheap-flights/to-phoenix-arizona/815/" target="_hplink">Phoenix or Mesa, AZ</a> (on super discounter Allegiant, Southwest and other airlines) or <a href="http://www.airfarewatchdog.com/cheap-flights/to-las-vegas-nevada/1435/" target="_hplink">Las Vegas</a> and drive from there.


Australian Outback - For A Challenge
Maybe its time for the cowboy in you to find a new challenge. And if there is any challenge Australia has to offer to cowboys, its the Outback. Be reminded of the Aboriginal history as you take in the fiery sunsets and sand filled landscapes. Albertans who love camping can find spots to pitch their tent under the stars. Jump on a bull at a local rodeo, drink at rustic pubs and conquer this wild terrain.

Cape Town, South Africa - For The Fishing Alberta is known for being a world-class destination for fishing, thanks to the Bow River and many Albertans can't wait to get out on the water. Known as one the most beautiful cities on earth, Cape Town graciously lives up to the name. With stunning views and a never ending coastline, Cape Town is a vibrant and upbeat place to be. Albertans who love to fish will get to take it to a whole new level here. A coastline brimming with tuna and known for tough fish, this catch will make you proud like no other. Travel up to Table Mountain after for breathtaking views of the city and some time to relax. Say hello to the penguins that roam about at Boulders Penguin Colony before you head out of town for an African wildfire safari. With exotic wildlife and an equally exotic coastline, the only thing that tops it off is the cuisine.

The Baja California Peninsula - For The Driving Albertans love their cars and taking control of the road. With nearly 1,290 kilometers extending from southern United States to Mexico, this wild and isolated land is a driving mecca. A rugged adventure on four wheels, visitors can hit the road for the drive of a lifetime. Go prepared, as gas stations can be sparse and the need for car insurance high. There are many beautiful stops along the way, from hillsides to blue waters and a coral reef along the way.

Hawaii - For Pure Bliss It may sound cliche’, but Hawaii is really one of the most beautiful places on earth and luckily for Albertans, many flight deals are offered to the destination. Hawaii makes this list because its the very opposite of Alberta. If you're looking for a change - of scenery, cuisine and everything in between, fly to the beautiful islands. Once there, you'll walk out of an open air airport, where you can spot palm trees and have a flower in your hair before you know it. You'll find yourself in a region that is as warm as its culture. Hospitality may not have been invented in Hawaii, but it is certainly mastered here. Indulge in Asian inspired regional cuisine and stop by one of Chef Alan Wong’s restaurants, one of President Barack Obama’s favourite chefs. Or hop islands and experience the energetic vibe of Honolulu before you transcend into the bliss of Maui.

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