(Photo: Banff Lake Louise Tourism/Paul Zizka)
Location: 80 miles west of Calgary
Cozy log cabins, black skies alive with stars, absolute silence broken only by the call of a wolf—it's so worth turning off your cell phone for this. Inside Banff National Park, the town of Banff wins hearts with its dashing natural beauty and jagged peaks in every direction. You can soak outdoors in hot springs rimmed with snow, hit the slopes, or skim across vast uninhabited expanses in a sleigh or dogsled. One of the best places to sip a cocktail with a view is in the bistro at the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel, where you can skate on an outdoor rink and go snowshoeing. Thinking of popping the question? You've got eight minutes' worth of gorgeous Canadian Rockies backdrop on a Sulphur Mountain Gondola ride.