If you want to experience the most European city outside of Europe without leaving the continent, brush up on your French and grab your passporte. Québec City might just be the place for you. French is the official language spoken in the city -- and approximately 80% of residents are Francophone or French-speaking. This, combined with immutable old world charm, make it easy to forget you’re still in North America. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes -- this enchanting city has winding cobblestone streets and hills to climb, with breathtaking views at every turn.


1. Snap a selfie at the Château Frontenac

This opulent five-star hotel and coveted crown jewel of the Québec City skyline holds the Guinness World Record for “Most Photographed Hotel in the World,” and it’s easy to see why. With its instantly recognizable verdigris copper roof, the 120-year-old castle has 18 floors, six wings, and scores of ornate gables and dormers.

You don’t have to book one of the stately castle’s 611 rooms to enjoy its luxuries. Savor fine French cuisine prepared by a top chef in the Champlain, sip a cocktail in the cozy wood paneled 1608 Wine & Cheese Bar, grab a bite in Bistro Le Sam or have afternoon tea at Place Dufferin.

Frontenac Castle in Old Quebec City in the beautiful sunrise light


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