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Introduction to Banff

With American Airlines flights to Banff, experiencing the breathtaking natural splendor of Canada is easy and worry-free. Charge the batteries on the camera and get ready to recharge all of your senses with the many beautiful and relaxing things to do in Banff -- not the least of which is spending time in Banff National Park.

Things To Do In Banff

Most people who travel to this part of Canada are here for one of the most popular activities in Banff, and that's visiting Banff National Park. It's located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies and it's been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It covers over 2,500 square miles of mountains, glaciers, forests and natural hot mineral springs. In fact, it was the discovery of these hot springs by Canadian Pacific Railway workers in 1883 that led to the formation of the park -- the first national park in Canada. Plan to visit Lake Louise, as it's easily one of the most beautiful natural settings on earth. You'll also want to drive under the peaks of Icefields Parkway, with views of glistening, snow-capped domes as far as you can see. And wherever you go in the park, keep your eyes open for wildlife such as grizzly bears, caribou, wolves and bison.

Depending on what time of year you visit, and how active you like to be, there are many adventurous things to do in Banff. Biking, backpacking, hiking, mountain climbing, rafting, bird watching, canoeing, fishing and, of course, skiing are all options. And if you'd like to see all of the outdoor splendor in a more relaxed way, choose the Banff City Sightseeing Tour. Over three hours, you'll see it all during a guided tour and have the chance to ride a gondola for even more amazing views.

The town itself offers many activities in Banff. You can visit museums, including the Canadian Ski Museum West and Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum. There are also many art galleries in Banff, along with a thriving performing arts scene. And since Banff National Park was founded after the discovery of natural hot springs, there are of course a number of spas and wellness centers designed to relax and rejuvenate you after a long day of sightseeing or outdoor adventure.

It's so beautiful here that American Airlines has made it easy to fly to Banff so you can marvel at it firsthand. Take a look at flights and start planning to your retreat into unbelievable natural beauty now.

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