Favorite Spots on Earth #4

Favorite Spots on Earth #4

#4

Banff, Alberta, Canada

 There are beautiful places on Earth and then there is Banff.  Wow!  Just unbelievable natural beauty...The city of Banff is located entirely within the Banff National Park so every hotel, every restaurant, every shop, everything is within the park and its beautiful.  The town is perfectly situated in a bowl in the Canadian Rockies and you just get the feeling that heaven must look something like Banff.  The water is clean and there is wildlife just walking around town.  Glacier fed lakes offer crystal clear fishing but no swimming because the water is just above the freezing point.  I think one of the real wonders of the place is that NOTHING can be owned by anyone whose not a permanent resident.  So EVERYTHING has local ownership.

Banff is a ski village in the winter and an amazing place the rest of the time.  The ski lifts stay open year round and I got snowed on in July at the top of the mountain.  The Banff Springs hotel is one of the most beautiful hotels in the world and even if you can't afford to stay there, and I sure can't, its a great place to tour.  If you ever meet anyone whose been to Banff or its sister city Lake Louise they just light up.  Obviously the mountains have played a big part in my top 10 as WinterPark, Sweetwaters, Cotopaxi, and now Banff are all mountainous...."Lead me to the rock that is higher than I..."

So there you go with spot #4...Banff...my pick as the most naturally beautiful place in North America.

 

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