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Vancouver, one of the most magical places in British Columbia. The atmosphere is fantastic due its very close relationship with nature. Forests and mountains surround the city walls while, the Pacific Ocean lies on its very doorstep. The outdoors are not just exploring sights but the Canadian lifestyle nevertheless, it is also a modern city waiting to be discovered. Canadian tourism often requires big bucks, especially in the ultra-modern metropolis of Vancouver. Typical lists of top free things to do in Vancouver are loggers’ ideas of a party which actually sucks! Until you want to enjoy a picnic on the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge keep reading for the actual fun and free things to do.

  • First of all, visiting Canada is a great opportunity to meet some of your favorite celebrities. Vancouver is a really famous place for filming blockbuster movies and TV shows, there is at least one film set positioned any time of the year. Most of these sets hinder daily transportation by locating at public places, this is the place where you get to show your stalker skills! Instead of playing the person annoyed by the blocked road, be the bothersome fan instead. Search online for the movies that currently being shot, show up on the set and make it your foremost duty to obtain an autograph! Keep the autograph if you want as a memorabilia or sell it online and make some cash.

 

  • The Vancouver Art Gallery is home to the most striking exhibits, any art connoisseur would love to have a tour. While, for broke art enthusiasts there are Tuesday evenings from 5pm-9pm to enjoy a free tour at the VAG. Examine some really creative work by renowned and aspiring painters, click a photo with their grand ambiance as your backdrop or even donate (whatever loose change you have) to the museums welfare.

 

  • Moving on to the drinking and partying part, everyone’s favorite. Drinks are not cheap, until you are a girl and can dress nicely enough to hag drinks from desperate boys. There are some pretty cool bars in Vancouver that provide free entry for girls, so dress up the best you can and grind to the beat at someone else’s expense. However, if you think you cannot pull a stunt like that but would still love a free drink, try free tasting events arranged by private liquor stores. The Everything Wine Stores provides free samples from 2pm-6pm daily, a little bit early to get smashed but… meh. (You can always crash a wedding instead and get free food too, Canadians won’t even notice!)

Now for the atonement of all the unethical and weird stuff that you do on this trip volunteer at the Downtown Eastside. Instead of stumbling around looking for loose ends try and actually help someone. Downtown Eastside neighborhood is thick with drug addicts, destitute and people with actual bad mental health. In contrast, it has an even number of moral population that is trying to make a change, helping the needy. There are sufficient openings for volunteering available there so go on help people so you don’t feel as bad for the free stuff.

The musical heritage of United States has been the influence of multi-ethic population who have performed in varied styles and accents from the mid-20th century till the modern day. America has been the birthplace of Rock n Roll, Pop, Blues and Soul in the early 1940s to 1960s from which countless other genres were derived such as hip-hop. America has seen some great artists some and go such as Madonna, Janis Joplin, Frank Sinatra, Elvis (Costello and Presley), Elton John, Billy Joel, Steven Tyler, Bob Dylan and many more than you can’t even begin to name! Nonetheless, there is a list of must visit cities in US that has to this day kept the traditional soul of music alive by their vintage record store cafes, theatres and music galleries.

Memphis
The largest city of Tennessee where the shadow of “The King” still menaces. The Graceland Mansion which was owned by Elvis “The King” Presley is also his burial. To this day, 41 years after the pop-rock singer’s death people come to pay homage to the deceased singer whose blues have rendered him immortal. At the East McLemore Avenue stands the Stax Museum which holds revolting exhibits such as vintage instruments, labels, costumes and records belonging to the Soul Music of America.

New York
New York has been the nurturing grounds to legendary artists. Bob Dylan commenced his otherworldly songs in the early sixties in folk taverns of Greenwich Village. The Blondies, Velvet Underground, Strokes and Talking Head all emerged from the streets of NYC. The National Museum of Jazz in New York is great storyteller of many legends, especially Charlie Parker. While, there are clubs in scattered parts of Manhattan where Dylan used to play that still play songs in tribute to man who showed us how to knock on heaven’s door.

Los Angeles
Los Angeles has a vast musical heritage that can be traced from hard rock Metallica and Guns N’ Roses to the rappers of Compton. The Rainbow Bar and Grill on Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood has been the rathskeller for a multitude of heavy metal and hard rock bands. The stage has been warmed by prodigious icons including Axl Rose, The Hot Chili Peppers. While, the Troubadour on Santa Monica Boulevard has presented symbolic artists like Elton John and the Radiohead. Not to forget trips conducted to Compton, the origin of hip-hop and rappers like Easy-E, Dr. Dre and Ice Cube!