Cascade Mountain, Banff, Alberta, Canada

Banff, Alberta, Canada

It is the massive Alberta Rockies that bring tourists to Banff year after year. However, this year Alberta is motivated to attract more tourism since there has been a 6.5 percent drop in visitors over the last few years due to the world's economic climate.

Styled after a Scottish Baronial Castle in the heart of Banff National Park, the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel is offering reduced rates this summer. A room that normally costs $353 is now $265 a night.

Take the Banff Gondola ride for a spectacular view of the Banff National Park. Entrance into the National park is inexpensive at just about $10 for each adult. There are lots of specialty shops in the alpine village of Banff such as the "Bear and the Butterfly" a wonderful shop devoted to the Banff National park.

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