If you are ready to do more than take a boat cruise this vacation, sign up for a Rocky Mountain road trip. The Rocky Mountains are an ideal place to visit any time of the year, especially if you love the great outdoors. From a backdrop of majestic mountains to quaint surrounding towns, you will have a road trip to remember - which road trip will you take?
Canadian Rockies in Alberta
One of the most scenic routes in the western part of Canada, the drive between the national parks of Jasper and Banff goes on for close to 300 miles. Take a day or two to explore Jasper, stopping for a relaxing dip in the Miette Hot Springs and hiking in Maligne Canyon. Then, head south toward the pristine waters of Lake Louise and end your trip in Banff, where you can take a gondola right up to Sulphur Mountain's peak and canoe your way down Bow River. If you make this trip in the winter, you may even get to see the Northern Lights - if you're in the right place at the right time.
Going-to-the-Sun Road in Montana
The 50-mile Going-to-the-Sun Road, located in Montana, is a must-do drive when you go to Montana's Glacier National Park. This route takes about three days and winds around mountains, offering you incredible views of glacial waters, green peaks and cloud-covered peaks before you hit Logan's Pass and cross the Continental Divide. This is definitely a trip you will want to make during the summer, as the winter brings hazardous conditions that close large portions of the road and can throw your trip timetable right out of the window.