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Icefields Parkway

Address: Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Type: Scenic Drives, Outdoor Activities, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Driving, Biking
Owner description: Scenic highway cutting through breathtakingly beautiful mountain...
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Type: Scenic Drives, Outdoor Activities, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Driving, Biking
Owner description: Scenic highway cutting through breathtakingly beautiful mountain passes.
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Anchorage, Alaska
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46 reviews 46 reviews
26 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

We have been on this highway once before going from Banff to Jasper. We reversed it this time and we were not disappointed. The day we traveled there were clear skies and all the mountains were out and ready to be admired. This is a beautiful trip and lets you enjoy the beautiful areas of this park in Canada. This... More 

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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71 reviews 71 reviews
31 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

This trip was overblown. the journey to the ice field is done on a strange big wheeled bus specially made to do the trip and you are taken to this bus via a standard coach. But the icefield journey does not seem worth all the effort! Standing on an ice pack only half way up a snow slope and able... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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133 reviews 133 reviews
90 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

There are just so many stunning natural attractions and places to stop along the Icefields Parkway it's almost difficult to understand it's all natural and not some manmade tourist strip. How you can just drive along an almost straight road and have so many beautiful attractions on both sides of the road the whole way is mind-blowing. The road itself... More 

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Manchester
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

We couldn't imagine how this drive could possibly live up to the hype, and as we drove it at the end of our 15 day trip we thought we'd already seen the best scenery the area had to offer. The drive completely surpassed our expectations - it is absolutely spectacular and we loved every minute. Given that it was August... More 

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Pecatonica, Illinois
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245 reviews 245 reviews
86 attraction reviews
159 helpful votes 159 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

You really can't explain how spectaular this drive is, but it is scenery to enjoy and treasure. Don't rush it, and stop often to view, hike, and savor. The day we drove from Calgary to Jasper, views were foggy and there was lots of rain. The next day, we saw turquoise lakes, snow capped mountains, bears, and amazing scenery. This... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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65 reviews 65 reviews
24 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

It's just one beautiful lake after beautiful mountain after beautiful river, etc. Plan for numerous stops.

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Cheshire
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93 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

I know the presenters of the BBC's Top Gear show are always prattling on about the best roads to drive but they are more concerned about the 'big-boy-toys' they are driving rather than the scenery. This road is absolutely fabulous but one that you should take your time with and enjoy the myriad of changing panorama's that flood your senses.... More 

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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Around every corner is another magnificent vista. We took the time to stop at Honeymoon lake as well a to take many photos. I remember commenting at the end of the day that I thought my eyes were hurting from all the staring at the magnificent mountains, lakes and glaciers. Highly recommended! Got the last of the good weather I... More 

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

A must do because you are there but overall I'm not sure. The huge ice going bus to get up there was cool. Some of the slopes that we tackled were incredibly steep. But very little time on the ice and I kind of expected more.

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Toccoa, Georgia
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87 reviews 87 reviews
17 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

We decided to make a trek from Calgary to Banff to Jasper in a one day round trip due to time restrictions. We wish we could have three days to take in all the beauty. The many mountain views, roaring streams, bears, quietness were just beyond words. You must make sure you have a full tank of gas before starting... More 

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