Calgary is a great base from which to explore Southern and Western Alberta or plunge into the Rocky Mountains. Banff and Jasper National Parks are two of North America’s most beautiful natural areas, and the Icefields Parkway connecting them is one of the continent’s most scenic drives. They’re great ski areas but also have plenty to experience year-round. Kananaskis and Canmore are also good mountain destinations.
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is an immense graveyard of bison bones left by Plains Indians over 10,000 years. They discovered an ingenious way to hunt the bison by driving them over a cliff to their deaths. The interpretive center is fantastic.
Dinosaur Provincial Park is the site of one of the best dinosaur fossil beds in the world. The Royal Tyrell Museum in Drumheller houses many of the specimens that have been found in Alberta.