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While we don’t get that many summer days at this latitude, the days we do get are extra-long — so long that you can actually plan an after-work excursion to the mountains to catch the sunset. Evening mountain excursions to tourist hot spots like Moraine Lake in Banff National Park mean fewer people blocking your view while you take in one of the world’s most stunning scenes.
Level Up: See Moraine at Sunrise
This one is for serious night owls only: head out on the highway just after midnight and settle in at Moraine Lake in time for nautical twilight, the first sign of sunrise, which in the month of July happens between 3:30 and 4:30 a.m. Stay for the big reveal, then find a nice spot to nap in the morning sun.