Banff, Alberta makes the National Geographic Traveler magazine’s Best of the World travel destination list for 2017.
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The list highlights 21 must-see places to visit in 2017 and Banff is the only Canadian destination named to the list, making the magazine’s cover with a photo of the iconic glacial-fed Moraine Lake situated in the Valley of the Ten Peaks within Banff National Park.
Giving shot outs to Banff’s most iconic activities, the list points out its rugged peaks, meadowed valleys, and turquoise-blue lakes, and says Banff offers everything from mountain hikes and horseback excursions to hot spring soaks and luxury accommodations.
“It’s no secret that 2017 marks Canada’s sesquicentennial celebration of cool. But we love Canada for little reasons as much as landmarks and milestones,” said George Stone, National Geographic Traveler editor-in-chief.
“Our story is about how an outward journey to Banff leads to an inner sense of happiness. The magic comes from person-to-person interactions with big-hearted Canadians, from First Nations community leaders to horse-packing cowboy guides to park rangers to some of the country’s newer citizens, who hail from foreign lands but find a happy home in Canada.”
“We aimed to honor the inclusive feeling of Canada, a warm embrace that brings a human-scale equivalent to those majestic landscapes.”
The 2017 issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine will be available on newsstands starting November 29, and online now at NatGeoTravel.com/BestTrips2017.