An Alberta town has made it into the top ten places to visit come this February. According to a list compiled by The U.S. News & World Report travel rankings, Banff, Alberta is number 7 on the list of world travel destinations. The list was compiled ahead of Valentine's Day, a time when couples are scouring for romantic getaways during a rather bleak month.

While Phuket, Thailand landed in the first place, Alberta's beloved mountain town was lauded for its breathtaking mountain views, as well as being a premiere ski destination.

"Its location in the Canadian Rockies within Banff National Park means it offers plenty of opportunities for wildlife viewing. You'll find 50-plus mammal species and more than 260 kinds of birds here. When you're ready to hit the slopes, head to Banff Sunshine Village, Mount Norquay Ski Resort or the Lake Louise Ski Resort. Then, warm up in the famous Banff Upper Hot Springs," the report stated.

The list also gives a breakdown of some of the best hotels in the area, as well as the best sites to visit. Moraine Lake was in the top three places to see in and around Banff, while Banff Sunshine Village sat atop number one. However, for travellers from the United States, as well as local tourists, it should be noted that just recently Parks Canada announced that there will be parking restrictions at Morraine Lake all year-round. 

Rounding out the list of the top destinations for February was Fiordland National Park,  on New Zealand's South Island in the 15th and last spot, while Torres del Paine National Park in Chile beat out Banff to take number 6.

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