Calgary/Banff, Canada

Located in south central Alberta, near the foothills of the Canadian Rockies, Calgary is one of the great eclectic cities of North America to explore. It is home also to the annual Calgary Stampede rodeo as well as summer blues, jazz, and folk music festivals - and to the nearby quiet beauty of glacial lakes and the Columbia Icefields.

Browse boutiques downtown or picnic at Prince's Island Park. Canada Olympic Park provides a winter ski hill and snowboard run right in the center of town, against a snow-covered mountain backdrop. In summer, head out of the city to discover Banff National Park, the Athabasca Glacier, Lake Louise, and Moraine Lake. The Bow River is a great for kayaking.

Back in the city, savor coastal shellfish and a just-picked salad at River Cafe, a pioneer in Calgary's sustainable food movement. Have a local chef take a small group of you on a culinary treasure hunt through the amazing Calgary Farmer's Market. Take an urban hike into the 17th Ave. shopping district for Indian cuisine at Moti Mahal. Sip an Asian-inspired cocktail in the Raw Bar at Hotel Arts.