Osoyoos, British Columbia
Stretching up from the US, the Great Basin Desert ends in Osoyoos, a small town just north of the border. Picture blissfully humid-free summers and dry weekends, and you’ll understand why it’s a perfect vacation spot. Golf is a year-round attraction, as is the Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa, a luxurious escape for anyone looking to unwind. Taste an award-winning Chardonnay nearby at Nk’Mip Cellars, the continent’s first Aboriginal winery. Outdoorsy types can opt for surf or turf adventures. At Lake Osoyoos, throw in a line or indulge in a leisurely kayak ride. Environmentally-minded tourists can join Great Horned Owl Eco-Tours for birdwatching, a visit to an abandoned gold mine, or a hike.