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Waterton Lakes National Park
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Waterton Lakes National Park

Alberta

Do you love Glacier National Park but hate the throngs? A mere 30 miles north sits Waterton Lakes, where you'll enjoy the same glacial lakes, thundering waterfalls, and mind-expanding Rocky Mountain vistas — with barely 600,000 visitors a year, compared with more than 2 million at Glacier. The park encompasses 195 square miles, with 125 miles of hiking trails. Our favorite: the nail-biting Crypt Lake trail, which snakes along exposed ledges to four towering waterfalls and a glistening alpine lake.

Getting There

Fly to Calgary, drive south 175 miles, about three hours.

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