These great destinations for Canadian travel buddies include cool resort cities and hip towns spread across North America as well as unmissable destinations across the pond. Through this guide, you’ll find they’re top places for pals to share a fun escape and create fond memories.

    Sharing the journey – either as a pair with your bestie or soul mate or heading out on an adventure as a close-knit group – has its benefits. Besides the sense of camaraderie, you can also often keep budgets down. It’s also a lot safer than travelling alone. Here’s where to explore with your bestie or buddies next – within Canada, across the border, and beyond.


    Los Cabos, Mexico

    Head down to the southern tip of Baja California Sur

    Los Cabos is a top coastal resort on the southernmost tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, offering a wonderful seaside getaway. Each of its twin resorts – Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo – has its own set of offerings. Hit Cabo San Lucas for its blend of gorgeous white-sand beaches and rugged beauty (the El Arco rock arch is a must-see). For a bit of Mexican nostalgia and colourful colonial architecture, San José del Cabo is the place to be.

    While the famous Lovers Beach (Playa del Amor) mostly attracts couples, besties and bands of friends are equally welcome for a great day of snorkelling backed by stunning geological formations. Playa Palmilla offers a bit of seclusion, and if partying is what you and your pals seek, Médano Beach is the shore to hit.


    Miami, Florida

    Beaches, sightseeing, and partying

    Miami is a must-visit for friends travelling together, especially those looking for a quintessential Floridian escape. In the city of Miami, there’s plenty of sightseeing to be shared – go on the amazing hop-on, hop-off tour buses together to see all the main highlights or go amphibious with a duck boat tour for some extra fun.

    Among Miami’s top spots are the Art Deco District and the Wynwood Walls. And dedicating an extra day to exploring Little Havana with its restaurants, bars and antique shops is certainly worthwhile. A beach day is never too far away, with sun, sea, and surf just across the MacArthur Causeway in Miami Beach. When the sun goes down, Miami’s famous partying scenes come to life for nights to remember. Read more…


    Phoenix, Arizona

    Fun and discovery in a desert metropolis

    Phoenix's year-round sunny weather attracts a steady crowd comprising everything from nature lovers to sports fans and partygoers. The urban oasis that’s set against a backdrop of multicoloured cacti and the Camelback Mountain range will surely offer a unique break for Canadian travel buddies heading south.

    Exploring Phoenix’s great outdoors starts in the Sonoran Desert with sightseeing in the Desert Botanical Garden or going up in a hot-air balloon for a view from the clear skies. You might also want to experience a fast-paced baseball game at Chase Field, the home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and join in on the crowd chants. Amusement parks like Castles N' Coasters also promise fun days out filled with thrills. Read more…


    Los Angeles, California

    A fun-filled city

    Los Angeles has plenty in store for travel buddies to explore and engage in, ranging from some of the coolest museums to theme parks with unmissable attractions. Hollywood studios abound, offering eye-opening tours. And don't miss Santa Monica Pier with its carnival rides overlooking the waves of the Pacific, or Griffith Park with its many trails promising unforgettable days out.

    When you’ve done spotting the Hollywood Sign from Griffith Observatory or walking the Hollywood Walk of Fame, explore Sunset Boulevard together for some beautifully neon backlit wefies or drop in for some knee-slapping fun at any of the legendary stand-up comedy spots along the Sunset Strip. Read more…


    Las Vegas, Nevada

    There’s more to the great Entertainment Capital of the World

    Las Vegas and its large number of land-based casinos and neon-lit streets is surely a bucket-list trip to share with a bestie or a few buddies. But your experience shouldn’t be as wild as the wolf pack’s in The Hangover (2009), especially as there’s more to Las Vegas than just gambling.

    You can check out any of the famous pool parties or what could be the coolest rooftop event you’ve ever attended. Want to escape from the glitz altogether? Beyond the north-to-south Vegas Strip, where it all goes down, there are natural wonders to discover. These range from lush wetlands to iconic rock formations only a moderate hike up a mountain. Read more…


    Manhattan, New York

    See all the great American icons

    Manhattan in New York offers seemingly endless iconic sights for travel buddies to spot and visit on their trip together to America’s largest city. Beyond Manhattan’s amazing skyline, there’s plenty of fun to be had – snapping a wefie under the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, or against the neon lights and dazzling billboards of Times Square are just a few to tick off your shared list.

    Watch a Broadway show or explore Central Park. You can opt for guided bike tours through the vast urban park and discover hidden gems within the grounds like the Belvedere Castle. Watch a game together at the NYC Yankee Stadium and check out the real Central Perk from NBC’s hit TV show Friends at 199 Lafayette St.

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    Banff, Alberta

    A bucket-list mountain town right on your doorstep

    Banff is one of the main highlight destinations in the Canadian Rockies as it appeals to travel buddies looking for gorgeous vistas and adventures in the great outdoors. First and foremost, the small and central town is an ideal base for taking in Alberta’s Banff National Park.

    You don’t even need to leave town to take in beautiful alpine scenery as you have backdrops of snow-capped peaks all around. Just a short trip into the countryside and you’ll find emerald lakes and unique natural hot springs. Out of town, you and your buddies can journey into the heart of one of the world’s largest non-polar glaciers. Read more…


    Jasper, Alberta

    A splendid trip through a glacial playground

    Jasper is a hive of outdoor fun in Alberta where you can don your hiking boots to discover some of the Canadian province’s stunning wilderness. Among its icons is the Icefields Parkway, where you and your buddies can opt for a scenic 3-hour drive through a winter wonderland.

    You can also consider taking the 7-minute ride on the Jasper Skytram, the highest and longest aerial tramway in the country, which takes you to the top of Whistlers Mountain. Alternatively, take in the heights and some cool wefies with your feet placed firmly on the 1-km-long glass-floored platform of the Glacier Skywalk.


    Barcelona, Spain

    Festive Spanish vibes best shared with friends

    Barcelona is an exciting city where friends travelling together can share the cool Spanish beach life with rich historical sightseeing and outstanding Mediterranean culinary adventures. Sure, the city’s well known among soccer friends for its football club, but its eclectic choices make it an overall great city break.

    Walk down the famous Las Ramblas strip to Barceloneta Beach and spend a few hours taking in the Mediterranean coastline. Don’t miss standout landmarks like the iconic Art Noveau masterpiece known as the Sagrada Familia church, with its towering spires. In the Gothic District, drop by any of the friendly bodegas for some local flavours. Read more…


    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    From cool windmills to places to chill or thrill

    Amsterdam is a city that brims with fun and sometimes quirky things to see and do for friends travelling together. Once you’ve ticked all the top coffeeshops and the famous Red Light District off your shared list, more discoveries await.

    You can do as the locals do and explore the city’s highlights on 2 wheels. You can even reach the charming countryside along some of the many cycling trails, with riverside windmills as cool wefie backdrops. The city is known for its abundant music, food, and cultural festivals, and you’ll have a whole lot on the calendar to choose from. On any other evening, Amsterdam’s eclectic clubbing scene is sure to thrill. Read more…

    Ari Gunadi | Compulsive Traveler

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