World's Most Underrated Cities
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Best known for hosting the 1988 Winter Olympics (when the Jamaican bobsled team made headlines) and the Calgary Stampede (the world’s most famous rodeo) for 10 days each July, Alberta’s largest city effortlessly mixes skyscrapers and spurs. With a population of 1.07 million, this city of glass and steel built on cattle and oil exudes urban-cowboy confidence within easy driving distance of pristine wilderness. Attractions include Stephen Avenue Walk, a promenade lined with restored early 20th-century sandstone buildings, and a buzzing Chinatown anchored by the Chinese Cultural Centre. More local flavor is on tap at cowboy bars like Ranchman’s.
Don’t Miss: Take it all in from the observation deck of the 525-foot Calgary Tower, which served as the world’s tallest Olympic torch.