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A Rocky Mountain Road Trip

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Colorado, USA
Hike, bike, or ride at your leisure up through Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Colorado. For photographers, I recommend taking Trail Ridge Road for its vast opportunity to stop off and take pictures of beautiful views. The trip begins in the...
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Moraine Lake, Improvement District No. 9, AB T0L, Canada
Nestled at the base of the Valley of the 10 Peaks, Moraine Lake boasts turquoise waters that change color throughout the day as sunlight refracts off the minuscule particles of glacier-ground rock suspended within. Though it has a B-list rating...
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Banff, AB, Canada
If you ever have a chance of visiting Western Alberta, in Canada, make sure to drive to Lake Louise and hike up to Lake Anges, which is no less spectacular than the picture of Lake Louise I have attached (I used color swap on my camera to bring...
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Banff, AB, Canada
In Banff, there are lots of ways to feel like you're being a rugged outdoorsperson without actually having to be rugged. Floating the Bow River was my favorite of these. The water is clear, you're surrounded by snowy peaks, and you don't have to...
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Improvement District No. 9, AB T0L, Canada
Mountains are awesome, in every sense of the word. There’s no better way to experience the full glory of the Canadian Rockies than by taking an eight-minute ride up Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola. Just a short drive from the center of...
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Cave Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1K2, Canada
We spent an afternoon at the Cascade Gardens, recharging and enjoying the views of nearby Mount Rundle. Flowers of every color and terraced lawn covered in shade provided a perfect setting to enjoy the quieter side to this adventure village.
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405 Spray Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1J4, Canada
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel was the brainchild of Sir William Cornelius Van Horne, president of the Canadian Pacific Railway. On arrival at Banff, the tourism visionary made the canny observation, "Since we can’t export the scenery, we'll...
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100 Mountain Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1B2, Canada
This is another fun adventure that's not strenuous in Banff. Take a gondola up Mt. Sulphur. That building in the photo is where the gondola comes in. Then you can walk along a boardwalk up to the summit, from where you have panoramic views of the...
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Banff Ave, Alberta, Canada
Any trip to the historic mountain town of Banff must include a leisurely stroll up and down Banff Avenue. Majestic mountains loom at either end of the street, and in between you’ll find restaurants, bars, and shops that sell everything from...
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Tunnel Mountain Rd, Banff, AB T0L, Canada
Camping at Tunnel Mountain Village was my first experience as an adult staying in a Parks Canada campground, and I have to say: Canada, I'm impressed. Even though it's a large campground with 618 sites, it was still a very positive camping...
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Johnson Creek, III, WV, USA
A beautiful, albeit popular, canyon walk along exciting catwalks with two waterfalls and jewel colored pools to look forward to along the way. Go early for smaller crowds and enjoy the beautiful colors of Johnston Canyon.
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629 10 St, Canmore, AB T1W 2A2, Canada
What I have been looking for since I crossed the border. An IPA with substantial hoppy delights. "To Hop or not to Hop? There is no question!". Straight from the packaging but never more true. Thanks @ yukonbeer
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Magog, Lake, East Kootenay G, BC V0A 1E0, Canada
For those enchanted with alpine meadows, Bryan Creek Trail to Lake Magog is a great hike in Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, located on the Great Divide (the British Columbia and Alberta Border) and is one of the seven parks of the UNESCO listed...
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Lake Louise, AB, Canada
Lake Louise is one of the star attractions in Banff National Park. I actually had to set up my tripod in the water for this shot to get away from the many tourists visiting the lake. If you go, be one of the 1%...the ranger described the 1% as...
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British Columbia V0A, Canada
Often overlooked by it's more famous neighbors, there are oodles of beautiful things to see and do in Kootenay National Park - just the drive down Highway 93 alone is absolutely breathtaking. The short hike to the paint pots is an easy trail to...
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Lake Louise, AB T0L, Canada
When you visit Banff. Take a good hike above Lake Louise until you reach Lake Agnes Tea House. Great Tea, Hot Chocolate and Scones! Keep Exploring...
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Radium Hot Springs, BC, Canada
Only the serious hiker goes much beyond this four-wheel drive up to the Bugaboo maintain range in British Columbia. Pick up a local map at the tourist office in nearby Radium Hot Springs and pack your lunch and camera. After you leave the main...
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Lake Louise, AB, Canada
When you enter Banff National Park, you are immediately struck by its vastness. In the winter, the mountains tower above with their snow-covered peaks and the snowy pines go on like an endless, seemingly impenetrable sea. During my visit to Lake...
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200 Sentinel Rd, Lake Louise, AB T0L 1E0, Canada
I have always had a fascination with train stations, especially historic ones. The train might be my favorite mode of transportation because it often takes you to places remote—but slowly, affording you the time to absorb what you're seeing. This...
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Lake Louise, AB, Canada
I was in Calgary for the wedding of a friend, and after several days of mani-pedi parties, bridal teas, and logistical rehearsals, I desperately needed a break. So, I rented a car and fled to Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies, just a...
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Lake Louise, AB T0L, Canada
Built in 1924 by Swiss guides employed by the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse was meant as refuge for mountaineers attempting to summit the peaks behind Lake Louise, namely Mount Victoria and Mount Lefroy. Today,...
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5420 BC-93, Radium Hot Springs, BC V0A 1M0, Canada
Just beyond the south west entrance to Kootenay National Forest are the Radium Hot Springs, perfect for a rest before continuing on to Banff or the surrounding regions. Fed by a natural hot spring, this facility has a cool (84 degrees) and a hot...
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111 Lake Louise Dr, Lake Louise, AB T0L 1E0, Canada
One of Canada’s most iconic hotels, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is cradled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, surrounded by towering peaks and fully immersed in the protected pristine wilderness of Banff National Park. In the...
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Field, BC V0A 1G0, Canada
Beginning in a shutdown campground, which was incredibly fascinating to wander through - think abandoned places where nature is reclaiming the land, the hike meanders softly along the degrading road and over a river. Then, the switchbacks begin -...
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Lake Louise, AB, Canada
Near Banff there are several spectacular glacier lakes. The most famous is Lake Louise but make sure you visit the others as well. The water in some of them has a hard to believe turquiose color.
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Montana, USA
We stopped to take in the view before wandering through the Trail of the Cedars in Glacier. This river was so quiet and peaceful below one of the many beautiful mountains in the park and during a busy family trip it was a moment of calm.
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Logan Pass, Montana 59936, USA
An easy and highly rewarding hike in Glacier National Park from Logan Pass is to the Hidden Lake Overlook. It covers 1.5 miles with a 460-foot elevation gain. Along the way, you might even run across a mama goat and her kid as we did.
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Montana, USA
Midway through one of our day hikes in Glacier National Park, we came across a herd of goats. As they stood on a rocky outcropping, eying all below them, they took off, scampering down the hill and out of site. A wonderful moment with great...
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Going-to-the-Sun Rd, Montana, USA
They don't call Glacier National Park the Switzerland of the U.S. for nothing. "Going to the sun" road, which goes through the park and reaches more than 9,000 ft at some point provides many vistas and some adrenaline for the driver.
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Grinnell Glacier, Montana 59417, USA
From Many Glacier Hotel, we traveled by boat across Swiftcurrent and Josephine Lakes to begin our hike up Grinnell Glacier Trail. From the shore of Josephine, the hike to the top covers about four miles with an elevation gain of 1,600 feet. The...
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Going-To-The-Sun Point, Montana 59417, USA
A view of St. Mary Lake from Sun Point at the beginning of the Going-to-the-Sun Road (which is closed if you go too early in the summer, we found out). My family stopped and ate lunch here while we watched the clouds make shadows in the unreal...
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Kalispell, MT, MT, USA
After an hour's drive down a dirt road from the tiny town of Polebridge, Montana, we did a steep one-mile climb to our home for the night--the Hornet Peak Fire Lookout Tower. Before modern technology, Forest Service employees lived in towers like...
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Kalispell, MT, MT, USA
I heard about Polebridge from an Australian-Indonesian man named Wayne. He's the owner of the Backpacker's Hostel in Bozeman, Montana. "There are only two hostels in the world that I rave about," he said, gushing. "The Hostel in the Forest in...
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288 Lake Mcdonald Lodge Loop, West Glacier, MT 59936, USA
Before 2007, I had never been to Montana nor seen my buddy in 7 years. I thought it was about time and booked my trip. We discussed going to Glacier, Grand Tetons, and Yellowstone NPs. As I arrived in Great Falls airport, my buddy met me and...
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1 Rte 3, Browning, MT 59417, USA
Forget about setting the alarm. The view from your lakeside window at Many Glacier Hotel is enough reward to lure you out of bed in the mornings. What makes this five-story Swiss chalet extra special besides its tremendous views from the shore of...
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AB-5, Waterton Park, AB T0K 2M0, Canada
The stunning view of the town of Waterton and Emerald Bay from the Prince of Wales Hotel in Waterton/Glacier National Park.
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Icefields Pkwy, Jasper, AB, Canada
Not sure where to go from Glacier National Park, we decided to follow the advice of two Canadian residents whom we just met at a hostel in Montana. They insisted we follow Icefields Parkway from Banff to Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada....