St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada

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Dating back to the 16th century, its long heritage is reflected in some well-preserved historic buildings. As it is right by the easternmost point (Cape Spear) of North America, it has always been a busy port with many ships and travellers passing through. There is a real pioneer spirit about the place. In the winter, temperatures can fall to 40F below - hard to believe as you bask in the warmth of the summer or autumn sun. The surrounding country is exceptionally scenic and you can enjoy some spectacular walks, particularly around Cape Spear and nearby Petty Harbour.