Montreal

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Flying To Montreal With American Airlines

See French and English culture collide when you book one of American's flights to Montréal. Explore the romantic alleyways of old Montréal, escape the cold in the Underground City and peek into a bug's life at the Insectarium when you fly to Montréal with American Airlines.

Step inside Basilique Notre-Dame, a stunning Catholic church from the mid-1800s.

Its Gothic Revival towers rise 225 ft., but the building must be entered to take in the best features: the ornamentation of the pulpit, the supple sculptures in the altar and the verticality of the design that rises straight to the arched ceiling. If you're lucky, your visit will coincide with an organ rehearsal, played on pipes more than a hundred years old.

Meander through the streets of Vieux-Montréal for a romantic look at the city's historic quarter.

Get near the action at Place Jacques-Cartier, take a horse-drawn carriage down a cobblestone street, or linger on an outdoor terrace or indoor lounge for cinq a sept (happy hour) drinks-the old-time architecture and atmosphere will move you.

Shop in the Underground City (or, more formally, RÉSO)

An ingenious way to keep warm in winter months, starting back in the 1960s, passageways were constructed below street level to connect major hubs downtown. These days, the tunnels extend past downtown's borders, with most of the space taken up by minimalls-navigating the mazelike shopping mall is just as fun as browsing.

View paintings at the Musee des Beaux Arts.

The main museum in town is particularly strong in Canadian artists and holds some notable works by European masters like Rembrandt, Sisley and Cezanne, but it might be best known for its temporary exhibits. You never know when you might see something from an obscure Bauhaus artist or a home-country favorite such as Emily Carr.

Take the family to meet creepy crawlies of the Insectarium.

Want to see bees hard at work? Or step inside the humid wonderland of a butterfly vivarium? The Insectarium's mix of live creatures from beetles to butterflies will both teach and wow kids and parents alike. It shares grounds with the Jardin Botanique, whose neary 200 acres of lush gardens contain plants from around the world.

Book your flight to Montréal with American Airlines today to see some of Montréal's best attractions.

More Things To Do In Montreal

Follow American Airlines as we go off the beaten path to discover more great things to do in Montréal. Ski and snowboard at Mont Tremblant, visit the hip Plateau neighborhood for cool shops and vibrant nightlife, and get active on the shores or in the waters of the Lachine Canal. American will be with you every step of the way.

Shop and bar hop on the Main, Plateau Mont-Royal's internationally flavored street.

Boulevard Saint-Laurent, as it's more formally known, teems with hip local boutiques, plenty of dining options, bars and clubs like Divan Orange, which thrums into late night with live jazz and world music. Paralleling the Main to the north, rue St-Denis offers a slightly funkier version of the same.

Scale Mont Tremblant

The main area destination for winter sports enthusiasts. In summer, the mountain has family, food and music festivals, a highly rated golf course, hiking trails and other outdoor activities, but it's the winter snow and ski park that draws the most raves for—and visitors to—the highest peak in the Laurentian Mountans.

Sample Montréal specialties like poutine and smoked meat.

Poutine—essentially French fries with gravy and cheese curds—is a favorite late-night snack, though if you want it at a refined place, try to get a table at renowned Au Pied de Cochon. For smoked meat, a north-of-the-border alternative to pastrami, perpetually crowded Schwartz's is your best bet.

Skim the surface of the Lachine Canal, west Montréal's historic waterway.

Riding a bike on the canal-side paths or visiting the Fur Trade at Lachine National Historic Site gives wonderful views of the sparkling canal, but getting on the water itself, whether on a kayak, canoe or guided canal boat, provides a different perspective.

Cross the water to Île Ste-Hélène, a family-friendly and nearly car-free part of Parc Jean Drapeau.

The La Ronde amusement park has serious thrill rides like Le Vampire, while La Biosphère is a Buckminster Fuller-designed, eco-friendly geodesic dome left over from the Expo 67 World's Fair, now converted into an environmental museum. There's even a summertime beach and casino.

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