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A country builds its reputation a number of different ways. Many factors come into play, from the nation's government and economy to its environment and general atmosphere. Earlier this month, the Reputation Institute, a consulting firm based in New York and Copenhagen, released its picks for the countries with the best reputation. Though many European countries made the list, Canada beat them all. The Great White North came in at No. 1, and any time spend on a tour of Canada will surely convince you why.
If the rankings were based purely on natural beauty, Canada would have probably landed in the top spot by an even wider margin. There is a long list of unspoiled landscapes for you to explore, with stunning views and challenging hikes aplenty. It can certainly be hard to choose where to go, especially in the western portion of the country, but it's hard to go wrong with a visit to Jasper National Park. Canada's largest national park, Jasper is located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, and there are plenty of highlights throughout its expansive grounds, including the famous Pyramid Lake.
It's not just the natural beauty in Canada that has helped it earn the best reputation in the world, the nation is also home to several compelling cities. For instance, Montreal offers one of the most unique urban experiences in North America. With the French influence evident around every corner, there are certain spots in Montreal where it feels like you're on the other side of the Atlantic. It is also among the most historic cities in Canada, and a walk through Vieux-Montréal - Old Montreal - is a testament to that.
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As you enjoy a sumptuous lunch in the heritage dining car of the century-old Napa Valley Wine Train, a dreamscape of lush undulating vineyards and fertile farmland lull you into a deep sense of serenity.
As your helicopter glides over west Maui’s soaring network of 17 cascading waterfalls known as the ‘Wall of Tears’ and gaze out over the island’s lush volcanic interior, you’ll know that Maui has much more to offer than world-famous beaches.
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