<p class="p1"><i>This list first appeared in the book </i><a href="http://shop.nationalgeographic.com/ngs/product/books/travel-and-adventure/travel-best-sellers/world-s-best-travel-experiences" target="_blank">World's Best Travel Experiences</a>.</p> <p class="p1">Surrounded by six glaciers, this icy blue lake in Banff National Park beckons ice-skaters in winter, paddlers in summer, and visitors year-round who stand on the pine-lined shore mesmerized by the Canadian Rockies’ backdrop. See it all from 6,850 feet (2,088 m) by riding the Lake Louise Gondola (May–September). Get more info: <a href="http://www.discoverlakelouise.com/" target="_blank">www.discoverlakelouise.com</a>.</p>

Lake Louise, Banff, Canada

This list first appeared in the book World's Best Travel Experiences.

Surrounded by six glaciers, this icy blue lake in Banff National Park beckons ice-skaters in winter, paddlers in summer, and visitors year-round who stand on the pine-lined shore mesmerized by the Canadian Rockies’ backdrop. See it all from 6,850 feet (2,088 m) by riding the Lake Louise Gondola (May–September). Get more info: www.discoverlakelouise.com.

Photograph by Andreas Hub, laif/Redux

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