By Jay Lloyd

TORONTO, Ont. (CBS) — In case you haven’t been paying attention to the recent rise of the American greenback, it translates into really big getaway bargains.

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The US dollar has been flexing its muscles lately, and that means significant savings for travel to almost anywhere else.

But one of the best bets for a winter odyssey to a world-class city is within an eight-hour drive:  Toronto, Canada.

What’s there in winter, you ask?

Well, for starters, you can watch winning basketball, and a legendary (although not so hot) hockey crew in a downtown setting, surrounded by world-class restaurants and a historic theater.

And most visitors to Toronto seek out the heights of the CN Tower (top photo), “and seeing Toronto in its full beauty,” as one visitor put it.

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The stunning space needle, topped by an eyefilling eatery, offers a unique perch for sipping an evening martini.

Now, by spending US dollars north of the border, we automatically score a 20-percent discount on everything from hotels to that uniquely Canadian treat: poutine.

(Poutine is french fries topped with cheese curds and gravy.  Photo by Jay Lloyd)

(Poutine is french fries topped with cheese curds and gravy. Photo by Jay Lloyd)

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