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Roadtrip to Beautiful Banff, Alberta: 21 Photos

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We love Banff. And the best way to get the full Rocky Mountain experience is with a road trip. Follow along as we journey from Vancouver to Banff National Park:

In This Banff Photo Essay You Will Discover:

  • Trees that Turn Gold
  • Stunning Mountain Ranges
  • Glacial Lakes Under Fresh Snow
  • And More!

Banff is Canada’s most-loved, most-visited and most-famous national park. It only takes a minute to see why—simply put, it’s stunning. From top to bottom; edge to edge. No debate.

I recently drove there in an on-loan 2016 Chevrolet Trax to take in the Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival. I’m covering the event in the Winter 2015 issue of Explore magazine. Check out the social media story on Instagram & Twitter by searching #ExploreMagBanff. (Or by clicking those previous links.)

The magazine will be out in a few days. Until then, enjoy these photos—starting with a couple of Vines to show the dramatic change in scenery in just a few hours.

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You can have your maples. The larch offers fall’s best leaf show.

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Banff: A photo op in every direction.

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Mount Rundle is the signature peak of Banff townsite.

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Lake Louise with a fresh snowfall. Perfection.

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On our way to have lunch at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise—one of the nicest restaurant views in Canada.

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Louise—Canada’s prettiest lake.

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Snow absorbs ambient sound. That’s why it’s so peaceful when it snows.

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Nobody visits Lake Louise without snapping a selfie.

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The world’s prettiest mountains? I’d say, yes.

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Thirty minutes’ hike in Banff offers up better views than half the day-hikes on the planet.

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As part of the Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival, reps from National Geographic hosted a “photo walk” where photogs could chat with NatGeo sharpshooters to step up their game.

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Hiking up Tunnel Mountain, with Rundle beyond.

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Strolling the shops of Banff Avenue like a real tourist.

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Bow River with Cascade Mountain beyond.

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“Love is as strong as death. Rivers cannot wash it away.” One of the most powerful epitaphs I’ve seen.

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Gold against green in the Rocky Mountains… funny enough, the shot was taken near the town of Golden, BC.

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We made this trek in a 2016 Chevrolet Trax LT AWD. Nice little SUV! And the onboard wi-fi was slick for sure.

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About the author: David Webb is a Vancouver, BC-based travel writer, photographer and magazine editor.

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