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Avg high in July: 70°F
With snow-dusted mountains only 30 minutes away, many Vancouverites can wake up and ski, and be at the beach by the afternoon. With additional outdoor activities like mountain biking, hiking, and kayaking, there’s plenty to keep you busy here. If adventure sports aren’t your thing, tuck into some fresh Pacific Northwest seafood or head to one of the many parks for some live music to while the evening away. Canada’s largest port, Vancouver is one of the busiest centers of industry in the country. Development in the software, aerospace, and biotechnology sectors have spurred even further growth in this already thriving city. A solid creative and media base rounds out the diversified economy of Canada’s western city.
Avg high in August: 81°F
Montréal is a little bit of Europe, but nestled in the New World. With over 90 festivals a year and 250+ theater and dance companies, the natives certainly know how to celebrate. On top of the festivities, some of Canada’s most renowned chefs and restaurants call Montréal their home – so come with an appetite. The second largest economy in Canada, Montréal has just about every sort of industry imaginable – finance, technology, manufacturing, research and development, education, and more. The rail hub of Canada, Montréal is one of the largest inland ports, and sees many travelers both for business and tourism.
New York, USA
Avg high in September: 75°F
The Big Apple. There’s one thing that every person seems to remember about New York City: The energy. People everywhere, nightlife till the wee hours, more restaurants and activities than you can shake a stick at – New York is an experience as much as it is a place. The center of countless films and TV shows, New York holds a place in everyone’s imagination – come see if it fits yours. More than just the largest metropolitan economy of the United States, New York is one of the largest in the world. Considered the premier worldwide financial center, the city has its fingers in almost every industry you can imagine – particularly in the services industry. Mass media, healthcare, and creative and digital industries are all anchors of the city’s economy.
San Diego, USA
Avg high in October: 75°F
Sunny smiles on every passerby, and a climate to make all your friends jealous – there’s a reason San Diego dubbed itself “America’s Finest City”. Despite being one of America’s ten largest cities, the chilled out vibe here seems to belong to a sleepy beach town. With plenty of bars and beaches to visit, there’s no lack of activities to keep one occupied. Of course, you’ll be missing out if you don’t try surfing here at least once! Don’t be fooled by its quiet demeanor, San Diego is a large center of international trade due to its position on the US / Mexico border. San Diego also houses the largest naval fleet in the world – so military services and contractors provide many jobs in the area. As a nexus for the telecommunications and health care industries, San Diego has also expanded into a large biotech hub in recent decades.
Avg high in November: 70°F
“Keep Austin Weird” is a refrain you’ll see posted all over the capital city of Texas. Although it may have lost some of its hippy and quirky vibe, Austin still has plenty to keep it unique. In the midst of a couple decade-old tech boom, Austin remains the live music capital of world – walk down 6th or Rainey Streets any night of the week and you are sure to hear tunes from bands of all stripes filtering out of the bars and patios. Well known as a world-wide center of high tech, Austin is one of the top spots in the country for recent graduates due to the plethora of jobs available. More than just the “Silicon Hills”, Austin also has a strong presence of pharmaceuticals and biotech companies, along with a robust grouping local and independent businesses.
Mexico City, Mexico
Avg high in December: 70°F
With an exploding culinary scene, a proliferation of new public spaces, and a booming arts movement, Mexico City is experiencing a bit of a renaissance right now. With a contemporary and cultured edge, the city still retains much of its storied history and colonial architecture. Go check out one of the many murals, or drop by an old-school cantina when you have some free time. One of the most important financial centers in the Americas, Mexico City is the eighth richest metropolitan area worldwide. It is one of the fastest growing cities and its GDP is set to double by 2020. The city keeps a diverse business portfolio, with a strong presence in tourism, transportation, consumer products, and exporting industries.