What’s not to love about a 400-year-old French-speaking city with sidewalk cafés, 204 miles of biking paths, and hiking, fishing, mountain biking, climbing, and paddling in every direction? The fact that it’s just a 1.5-hour flight from New York City doesn’t hurt, either. Stay at Auberge Saint Antoine (doubles from US $189) in the city’s Old Port. Rent a touring, hybrid, or road bike from Cyclo Services (US $35 to US $50 per day), which drops off and picks up bikes from the hotel, and explore. A good place to start: the Corridor du Littoral, a 32-mile paved trail that runs along the St. Lawrence River.