After checking in and spending some time strolling the shops and restaurants of downtown Banff, start your journey in the beautiful Rocky Mountains at the Banff Gondola. This is the classic Rockies experience—Banff's #1 attraction. Just a short distance from your downtown hotel, the iconic Banff Gondola has taken visitors and locals of all ages on a memorable ride to the top of Sulphur mountain for many successful years. You can hop on the free shuttle to get their quickly and easily.
Contemporary and modern, not only is the Banff Gondola a safe and secure eight-minute ride to the most incredible mountain views, it has a beautiful interpretive boardwalk trail and plenty of places to rest and revel in the six mountain ranges visible from the boardwalk.
To add to your experience, the Gondola’s new Upper Terminal has a fantastic 360-degree observation deck, an interpretive centre and theatre, a café and two great restaurants. So, enjoy a delicious meal as the sun sets and toast your first perfect day in the Rockies. This is the perfect place for the ultimate dinner with a view. And follow up your meal with some time enjoying the Sunset Festival. Cheers to day 1!
Once the sun has dropped behind the peaks, head back to the Mount Royal Hotel and call it a night—you've got an early start tomorrow!