Humble hostess of princesses and cowboys, Alberta shines with jaw dropping landscapes and a trove of fossils, including the best-preserved nodosaur in the world.
The Canadian province has evolved into a fresh aspen forest and a snowy Rocky Mountain range now known for winter adventures and dark sky experiences.
From world-class shopping in the capital of Edmonton, to the amazing culinary scene in Calgary and craft beer scene, plus snowshoeing beneath the aurora borealis in Jasper, Alberta’s 250,000 square miles and five UNESCO World Heritage Sites offer abundant activities for every type of traveler. Not to mention Banff, Alberta was coined one of National Geographic Travel’s Best Annual Trips in 2017.
Cait Etherton is a Virginia-based writer and frequent contributor to National Geographic Travel. Follow her journey on Twitter.