These are mountains the way a kid would draw them. Get ready to be super jealous of your future self, checking out those alpine meadows, turquoise lakes, waterfalls and wildlife. Go hard: You’re going to want to do everything, and who could blame you? There are frozen waterfalls just begging to be climbed. Chill out: After all that adventurous sweating, get revved up again with dinner and drinks in a nearby mountain town, like Canmore, Banff, Lake Louise or Jasper. Hollywood loves Southern Alberta. Why? It'll be obvious when you get here. Brace yourself for beautiful mountains, forests, prairies, canyons, Canadian Badlands and foothills. All in one place. Get worldly: Three of Alberta’s five UNESCO World Heritage sites are in Southern Alberta: Dinosaur Provincial Park, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump and Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. Visit any of them when you want to get deeper during your travels. Prehistoric: The dinosaurs are long-gone, but the land they once roamed is now prime road-trip territory. Drive the Drumheller Valley route from Calgary to the Dinosaur and Hoodoo trails. Definitely plan to stop for photos and a hike through a veritable moonscape. If bears could design their own backyards, they’d make them look like northern Alberta. Leave the human-designed towns and head into the vast boreal forest to learn what outdoors really means. Rare sights: At Wood Buffalo National Park, the earth is crawling with wild bison and the sky is teeming with the northern lights. Winter: Drive an ice road, snowmobile, ice fish, ski and skate. You’ll run out of time before you run out of new experiences. Summer days: The sun doesn’t set until nearly midnight, so live it up fishing or golfing until the last light. Then, sit around a fire until the sun starts to rise again.