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If you buy a souvenir magnet from Banff National Park, there's a 70 percent chance it'll feature an image from Vermilion Lakes. (Yes, that's a made-up statistic—but you get the point: this spot is beautiful!) Located just 2.4-kilometers (1.5 -miles) from the town of Banff, the lakes' roadway is lined with a series of gorgeous views and docks that jut into the lush wetlands. Behold the tranquil reflection of Mount Rundle on the surface of the lakes, then stay until dusk to watch the sky change colors. Stay even later, and you can catch the aurora borealis during the darkest hours of the night.