You want to hit the city’s no­table land­marks, but you also want to have fun and see things “off the beaten track” — af­ter all, that’s where you get the best sto­ries from any va­ca­tion.

Put on some com­fort­able walk­ing shoes and grab your cam­era, be­cause you’re go­ing to need it.

When your cruise ship drops an­chor in St. John’s, N.L., here are a few ways you might want to spend your time...

If you don’t want to miss out...

Sig­nal Hill is pretty much a must-see if you’re in St. John’s. It’s been a huge part of the prov­ince’s his­tory and you’re go­ing to kick your­self if you miss it — re­ally.

Make sure to visit Cabot Tower, lo­cated at the top of the hill, to learn more about Guglielmo Mar­coni -- the in­ven­tor who fa­mously used a kite aerial on Sig­nal Hill for re­cep­tion dur­ing the first Transat­lantic wire­less sig­nal.

If you want to stand on the edge of North Amer­ica...

Head to the Cape Spear Light­house for the rare chance to stand on the eastern­most point of North Amer­ica. When the sun rises, you’re among the very first peo­ple in the con­ti­nent to see it — pretty cool, right?

Vis­i­tors de­scribe it as“al­most like be­ing in­side a paint­ing,”and give rave re­views even if it’s a cold or windy day, so it’s def­i­nitely worth a trip.

If you want some ex­er­cise...

Lace up your hik­ing shoes and hit the East Coast Trail.there are 26 dif­fer­ent paths — some easy, some stren­u­ous — so you can choose one that works for you, based on how much time you have and how much you want to sweat.

If you want a lit­tle cul­ture...

The Rooms is New­found­land and Labrador’s largest pub­lic, cul­tural space. It stores more than 7,000 works of art, more than a mil­lion nat­u­ral his­tory spec­i­mens and more than a mil­lion ar­ti­facts that con­nect New­found­land’s past to its present and fu­ture.

If you want a photo opp...

The fa­mous “Jelly­bean Row Houses” of St. John’s make a beau­ti­ful photo — or a fun selfie! The bright, fun colours of the dif­fer­ent houses make the per­fect “New­found­land back­ground” for your next hol­i­day card.

If you want to party...

Ge­orge Street is the en­ter­tain­ment cen­tre of St. John’s, with tons of pubs, clubs and bars all lined up in a row. In fact, there are more bars per square foot of any street in all of North Amer­ica.there’s live mu­sic in most of the venues, and the road is closed off to ve­hi­cles, so you can roam around safely.

Stop by for a drink (or sev­eral) and you can even be­come an hon­ourary New­found­lan­der at cer­tain pubs by be­ing“screeched in.” If you can suc­cess­fully speak like a New­found­lan­der, eat like a New­found­lan­der, drink like a New­found­lan­der and “kiss the cod,” you’ll earn your­self a cer­tifi­cate to take home.

It can be dif­fi­cult to know how to spend your time in a brand-new city, es­pe­cially if you only have a few hours there. Get Screeched In! Visit a lo­cal pub to be­come an honorary “New­found­lan­der” Kiss the cod and long may your big jib draw!

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