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Banff National Park

Alberta, Canada January - December Moderate
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The Canadian Rockies are one of the most beautiful ranges on Earth, and Canada's first national park is nestled among these mountains, glaciers, and forests. It also has some of the world's best skiing.
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Base Town:
Canmore, Canada
Closest Airport:
Edmonton International Airport (YEG); Calgary International Airport (YYC)
When to Go:
January - December
Closest Airport:
Edmonton International Airport (YEG); Calgary International Airport (YYC)
Activity Level:
Moderate
Park Highlights:
Biking Bird-Watching Boating Family Fishing Hiking Horseback Riding Rafting Scenic Drives Stunning Vistas Waterfalls Wild flowers Wildlife Winter Sports Glaciers Lakes/Rivers Mountains Show all
Base Town:
Canmore, Canada
Closest Airport:
Edmonton International Airport (YEG); Calgary International Airport (YYC)
When to Go:
January - December
Activity Level:
Moderate

Glacier Bay

Alaska, USA May - September Easy
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Glacier Bay is home to the continent's largest collection of tidewater glaciers, which can be seen from a cruise ship or on a day boat tour. Migrating humpback whales and occasionally orcas can also be spotted here and it's an excellent place to sea kayak. The park's remote, undeveloped location ensures that travelers in search of quiet repose will not be disappointed.
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Base Town:
Gustavus, AK
Closest Airport:
Gustavus Airport (GST); Juneau International Airport (JNU)
When to Go:
May - September
Closest Airport:
Gustavus Airport (GST); Juneau International Airport (JNU)
Activity Level:
Easy
Park Highlights:
Beach Bird-Watching Boating Day Trip Family Fishing Hiking History Kayaking Stunning Vistas Wildlife Coastal Glaciers Show all
Base Town:
Gustavus, AK
Closest Airport:
Gustavus Airport (GST); Juneau International Airport (JNU)
When to Go:
May - September
Activity Level:
Easy

Glacier National Park

Montana, USA January; May - October; December Active
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The rugged mountains that weave their way through the Continental Divide in northwest Montana are the backbone of Glacier National Park. The park’s Going-to-the-Sun Road is a spectacular drive that crosses the crest of the Continental Divide.
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Base Town:
Bigfork, MT; Whitefish, MT; Columbia Falls, MT
Closest Airport:
Glacier Park International Airport (FCA); Missoula International Airport (MSO)
When to Go:
January; May - October; December
Closest Airport:
Glacier Park International Airport (FCA); Missoula International Airport (MSO)
Activity Level:
Active
Park Highlights:
Biking Boating Climbing Family Fishing Hiking Horseback Riding Rafting Scenic Drives Stunning Vistas Wildlife Winter Sports Glaciers Lakes/Rivers Mountains Show all
Base Town:
Bigfork, MT; Whitefish, MT; Columbia Falls, MT
Closest Airport:
Glacier Park International Airport (FCA); Missoula International Airport (MSO)
When to Go:
January; May - October; December
Activity Level:
Active

Grand Teton National Park

Wyoming, USA May - September Active
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With no foothills, the unimpeded view of the Teton Range rising out of Jackson Hole is stunning. Wildlife from short-tailed weasels to grizzly bears abound.
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Base Town:
Jackson, WY
Closest Airport:
Jackson Hole Airport (JAC)
When to Go:
May - September
Closest Airport:
Jackson Hole Airport (JAC)
Activity Level:
Active
Park Highlights:
Biking Bird-Watching Boating Climbing Family Fishing Hiking History Horseback Riding Kayaking Leaf-Peeping Scenic Drives Stunning Vistas Wild flowers Wildlife Winter Sports Glaciers Lakes/Rivers Mountains Show all
Base Town:
Jackson, WY
Closest Airport:
Jackson Hole Airport (JAC)
When to Go:
May - September
Activity Level:
Active

Jasper National Park

Alberta, Canada April - October Active
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One of the largest protected mountain ecosystems in the world and the largest of the Canadian Rocky Mountain parks, Jasper woos visitors with its lakes, glaciers, waterfalls, and mountains.
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Base Town:
Edmonton, Canada; Calgary, Canada; Hinton, Canada
Closest Airport:
Edmonton International Airport (YEG); Calgary International Airport (YYC)
When to Go:
April - October
Closest Airport:
Edmonton International Airport (YEG); Calgary International Airport (YYC)
Activity Level:
Active
Park Highlights:
Bird-Watching Boating Climbing Family Horseback Riding Rafting Scenic Drives Stunning Vistas Swimming Waterfalls Wild flowers Wildlife Winter Sports Glaciers Lakes/Rivers Mountains Show all
Base Town:
Edmonton, Canada; Calgary, Canada; Hinton, Canada
Closest Airport:
Edmonton International Airport (YEG); Calgary International Airport (YYC)
When to Go:
April - October
Activity Level:
Active

Kenai Fjords National Park

Alaska, USA June - September Easy
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From hiking to canoeing, Kenai Fjords National Park has world-class recreation activities. Wildlife abounds in the icy waters and dense coastal forests, while glaciers meet the sea at the Harding Icefield.
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Base Town:
Seward, AK
Closest Airport:
Kenai Municipal Airport (ENA)
When to Go:
June - September
Closest Airport:
Kenai Municipal Airport (ENA)
Activity Level:
Easy
Park Highlights:
Bird-Watching Boating Day Trip Family Fishing Hiking Kayaking Stunning Vistas Wildlife Coastal Glaciers Show all
Base Town:
Seward, AK
Closest Airport:
Kenai Municipal Airport (ENA)
When to Go:
June - September
Activity Level:
Easy

Mount Rainier National Park

Washington, USA April - October Active
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The fifth-highest mountain in the Lower 48, Mt. Rainier is so massive that the summit is rarely visible, but when conditions are right, the image of the entire mountain is unforgettable. Hikes cover temperate rainforest, old-growth forests of hemlock and fir, high meadows, and tundra—not to mention hot springs, glaciers, lakes, and waterfalls.
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Base Town:
Ashford, WA
Closest Airport:
Seattle-Tacoma Intl Airport (SEA)
When to Go:
April - October
Closest Airport:
Seattle-Tacoma Intl Airport (SEA)
Activity Level:
Active
Park Highlights:
Bird-Watching Climbing Day Trip Family Hiking Scenic Drives Stunning Vistas Waterfalls Wild flowers Wildlife Winter Sports Forests Glaciers Lakes/Rivers Mountains Volcanoes Show all
Base Town:
Ashford, WA
Closest Airport:
Seattle-Tacoma Intl Airport (SEA)
When to Go:
April - October
Activity Level:
Active

North Cascades National Park

Washington, USA May - October Active
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Hiking on a real glacier is a memorable experience—especially if you add in marmots, golden eagles, and coyotes—and North Cascades is home to several hundred of them.
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Base Town:
Newhalem, WA
Closest Airport:
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
When to Go:
May - October
Closest Airport:
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
Activity Level:
Active
Park Highlights:
Biking Bird-Watching Boating Climbing Day Trip Hiking History Horseback Riding Kayaking Rafting Scenic Drives Stunning Vistas Wild flowers Wildlife Winter Sports Canyons Glaciers Lakes/Rivers Mountains Show all
Base Town:
Newhalem, WA
Closest Airport:
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
When to Go:
May - October
Activity Level:
Active

Waterton Lakes National Park

Alberta, Canada May - October Active
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This Canadian national park is the meeting of two worlds: the flatlands of the prairie and the abrupt upthrust of the mountains.
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Base Town:
Cardston, Canada
Closest Airport:
Calgary International Airport (YYC)
When to Go:
May - October
Closest Airport:
Calgary International Airport (YYC)
Activity Level:
Active
Park Highlights:
Biking Bird-Watching Boating Climbing Hiking Horseback Riding Scenic Drives Stunning Vistas Swimming Wildlife Glaciers Lakes/Rivers Mountains Show all
Base Town:
Cardston, Canada
Closest Airport:
Calgary International Airport (YYC)
When to Go:
May - October
Activity Level:
Active

Yosemite National Park

California, USA January - December Moderate
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Dozens of famed features, from the soaring granite monoliths of Half Dome and El Capitan, to shimmering waterfalls like Yosemite Falls and Bridalveil Fall, like within reach in the Yosemite Valley.
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Base Town:
Mariposa, CA; Lee Vining, CA; Oakhurst, CA
Closest Airport:
Fresno-Yosemite International (FAT); San Francisco Airport (SFO)
When to Go:
January - December
Closest Airport:
Fresno-Yosemite International (FAT); San Francisco Airport (SFO)
Activity Level:
Moderate
Park Highlights:
Biking Bird-Watching Climbing Family Hiking History Horseback Riding Rafting Scenic Drives Stunning Vistas Swimming Waterfalls Wild flowers Wildlife Winter Sports Forests Glaciers Lakes/Rivers Mountains Show all
Base Town:
Mariposa, CA; Lee Vining, CA; Oakhurst, CA
Closest Airport:
Fresno-Yosemite International (FAT); San Francisco Airport (SFO)
When to Go:
January - December
Activity Level:
Moderate
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