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9 Things You Have To Do On Your Next Road Trip To Kingston This Year

The adventure of a lifetime.

There is no better thing on this earth than a road trip. That's a fact. I mean, come on, hopping in the car with nothing but the open road and a few friends... what could be better?

Although on a road trip, the key is often the journey rather than the destination... well, that's not always true. When you're going to an amazing place, the destination can hold so many more awesome journeys ahead!

Like Kingston, for example. Not only is the city itself gorgeous, with a breathtaking waterfront view and National Canadian Historical Sites, but it's got awesome dining, a thriving art scene, and much more!


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After your trip on land, head on over to Kingston 1000 Islands Cruises to explore Kingston by its beautiful waterfront.

It's a great way to get to know Kingston in a slightly different way.

Sure, walking and driving through the city is awesome; but discovering Kingston via the glorious waterfront is unbeatable. You can book a dining cruise (where you get to eat dinner on a cruise with the beautiful sunset as a backdrop!) or a sightseeing cruise with 1000 Islands Kingston Cruises, which stops at key Kingston points, like Fort Henry and the Kingston Penitentiary.

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Then head out to Atomica Pizza, and taste their game-changing special Canada 150 Pizza.

This tribute to Canada comes in pizza form, which is the absolute best form anything could ever come in.

Highlighting all the best fresh ingredients the country has to offer (including smoked salmon, fiddleheads, blueberry coulis, and Atomica's signature deliciously crisp and fluffy pizza dough), this meal is something you absolutely have to experience during your stay in Kingston in celebration of the greatest country out there.

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Pop into the Kingston Grand Theatre and enjoy some culture, Kingston style, with some awesome live performances!

Honestly, Kingston's art scene is bumping. They've got art galleries (like Martello Alley, which is a legit alley full of art!), museums, and, of course, theatres.

The Kingston Grand Theatre is possibly the most famous theatre, and they host all kinds of fun shows. This year alone, they've got Kid Koala, Nathan Carter, Jann Arden, and more!

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Music lovers, rejoice: the Canadian Guitar Festival calls Kingston home, and is the perfect road trip stop off.

There is no instrument more soothing out there than the guitar, and that's a fact. From the gentle strums to the rippling melodies, everybody loves a good guitar beat.

Every year, Kingston celebrates the guitar - and guitar music - at the Canadian Guitar Festival. The festival's going down this year on July 28, and brings together guitar lovers, players, and artists (like John Ainsworth and Antoine Dufour) all under one roof.

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Discover the massive Taste of Kingston food festival, and sink your teeth into all the city has to offer.

Foodies, this one's for you. Kingston has a seriously legit dining scene... it might even seem like it's impossible to try all the awesome dishes the city has to offer!

But to make your stay in Kingston that much more enjoyable, the city creates one huge food festival once a year. Going down on July 30, the Taste of Kingston food festival is offering up the best of the best dishes, all under one roof, for you to sample... and definitely fall in love with.

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Stop off at Wolfe Island and enjoy some good vibes and good music at the Wolfe Island Music Festival.

A huge music festival overtaking Wolfe Island, the Wolfe Island Music Festival is making its official comeback on August 11 - 12.

Some awesome artists are set to appear this year, including Said The Whale and Born Ruffians!

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Get yourself to The Toucan for some awesome live music - because TBH, a road trip isn't a road trip without it!

The Toucan is life. Not only does this well-loved Kingston pub offer up awesome drinks and delicious food (like antojitos, tortillas stuffed with cream cheese, cheddar, jalapeños and red peppers!), but they also feature a whole lot of live music throughout the week.

Bonus points for their cozy terrasse, too, and the super warm and welcoming vibes!

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History buffs (and non-history buffs!), check out Fort Henry, and prepare to enter the 19th century.

Honestly, Fort Henry is probably one of the best historical sites in the whole country which allows visitors to enter the realm of 19th century military life.

In fact, it's a National Historic Site of Canada; and not only is it the perfect spot to learn some key history thanks to guided tours, military demonstrations, and live music, but its location on the water makes it one glorious spot to sightsee, too! They also have these incredible sunset ceremonies that happen every single Wednesday from July 5 to August 30. The show features the Fort Henry Guard Drums, Drill Squad, and Artillery Detachments, showcasing a preview of military music, artillery, and drill from the 1860s.

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Throughout July, head on out to AquaTerra, and cap off an awesome road trip with their Canada 150 dinner.

AquaTerra is celebrating Canada in the best way possible: with food!

They've got a specially curated menu, featuring food and wine from Canada (like Alberta bison and Benjamin Bridge Nova Nova Scotian wine), all created so that you can discover our country through gastronomy.

Plus, the welcoming-yet-trendy vibe and beautiful waterfront views make it the perfect spot to start the night, right after heading out of your hotel and prepping for an awesome night out in Kingston.

That's a win in my book!

Kingston is truly a city you need to experience this summer; it's got music festivals, theatres, waterfront views, and a whole lot more! To book your next trip to Kingston, check out the packages right here.