Canada (Rocky Mountains)

Soaring mountains, emerald green lakes, prolific wildlife, and world-class hiking define the Canadian Rockies, which straddle British Columbia and Alberta so majestically.

Surely one of the most scenic places on earth, this region offers endless opportunities to road bike, mountain bike, hike, and explore. At the end of each day, fine cuisine and superb hotels can be found at the Fairmont Banff Springs, Moraine Lake Lodge, and Post Hotel. Further afield lies the Cathedral Mountain Lodge in Yoho National Park, and the exclusive wilderness retreat Nipika Mountain Resort in Kootenay National Park.

Summer is the peak time to visit, with the best possibility of great weather. But we like the shoulder months of May, June, September, and October, when the human crowds thin but the wild ones remain—and the natural beauty is at its most dramatic.