For Americans who want to get to know their neighbors to the north, Ottawa, Canada's capital and the second-biggest city in Ontario, is a top destination. Consistently ranked as one of the cleanest cities in the world, Ottawa boasts a compact and easily walkable downtown core, making it the perfect place to visit during a quick weekend trip. Take a guided tour of Canada's Parliament on weekends and get a first-hand look at the building's stunning architecture and the country's rich history. In the evening, go for a stroll down the Rideau Canal and enjoy its serene, natural beauty. As Ottawa is home to the NHL's Senators, you can check out a live hockey game, or don some skates yourself on the Rideau Canal, which becomes the world's largest skating rink in winter. At the end of your weekend break, visit the iconic BeaverTails shop, where you can enjoy a tasty fried dough pastry as you plan your next getaway to Ottawa.