The 5 most iconic roads in Alberta

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It's a road-tripper's paradise!

Emily MacKinnon

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Road-Tripper's Paradise

Alberta is a road-trippers paradise! The variety of terrain and roads is unbeatable and it’s peppered with more hidden gems than you’ll know what to do with. From mountains to desert and everything in-between, there is no shortage of adventures to be had. Here's our list of the top five most iconic road trips in Alberta–they're sure to stick with you:

Icefields Parkway

The Icefields Parkway between the towns of Banff and Jasper is a drive you’ll never forget. It feels much more off the beaten track compared to main thoroughfares like the Trans-Canada Highway, and offers riveting views of mountain peaks, glaciers, and wildlife. The hard part is deciding whether or not to stop off at all the viewpoints!

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Cowboy Trail

The Cowboy Trail truly brings Alberta’s Western spirit to life. This road runs North to South in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies from Mayerthorpe all the way to Lundbreck. On one side is the first range of the Rockies and on the other is long stretches of golden hills, wind farms, and ranches—it’s stunning.

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The stretches of road around Drumheller feature some of the most stunning scenery in Alberta. As you approach Drumheller, the prairie begins to drop away and turn into striped badlands around a flourishing green river bed. You’ll feel as though you’ve been transported up to Mars or back to the Jurassic period.

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Smith Dorrien Trail

The Smith Dorrien Trail is not a fast drive, but the breathtaking views and unlimited picnic spots are worth it. This road is often washboarded, making it bumpy and difficult to drive at any great speed, which could be perfect if you’re just looking to sit back, relax, and cruise.

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David Thompson Highway

David Thompson highway rolls around the edge of Abraham Lake and into the Rocky Mountains just West of Red Deer. This drive delivers picturesque views down the North Saskatchewan River valley that will have you coming back for seconds.

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