Top Ten Budget Honeymoon Vacations

Canadian Rockies
Canadian Rocky Mountains
Canadian Rockies (Canadian Outback Adventure Company)

8. Canadian Rockies
If beaches just aren't your thing, you're not alone. Many honeymooners prefer to spend their inaugural days as newlyweds in the clear mountain air rather than the tropical humidity. Nestled between British Columbia and Alberta, the Canadian Rockies are one of North America's most stunning natural wonders and, thus, the perfect spot for a little romance.

A summer trip promises hiking among the forests and waterfalls and canoeing atop Lake Louise's placid and glassy waters, while wintertime allows for downhill skiing, ice-skating upon the lake, and glacier treks through the Columbia Icefields. Split your time between the laid-back ski town of Banff, which emits an Aspen vibe with less pretension, and Lake Louise, just an hour up the road, and its iconic chateau, which you can visit and enjoy even if you aren't a guest. To get a full appreciation for the mountain range in its entirety, consider a trip on the Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver to Banff, which allows you a fully panoramic view, via a glass-domed train car, of gushing rivers, craggy mountains, verdant meadows, and plenty of wildlife such as long-horned sheep, deer, elk, moose, and even bears.

While you might be wise to spring for a night or two at one of the Fairmont's palatial properties—like the Chateau Lake Louise or Banff Springs—you'll be perfectly comfortable spending the remainder of your nights at any of the area's other cozy stays, like the Fox Hotel & Suites, the Ptarmigan Inn, or the Hidden Resort Lodge.
Banff Travel Guide

Published: 2 Dec 2009 | Last Updated: 24 May 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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