It's officially fall in Alberta and winter is right around the corner. If you're not ready to dive into winter just yet, a little fall road trip might be in order. We've put together a list of last minute Calgary road trip ideas that are less than five hours away from the city.

You don't need to travel far to explore the great outdoors. This list includes golden larch trees, Rocky Mountains, adorable small towns, and so much more. If a little road trip was on your fall bucket list, there's no time better than the present to make it happen.

Some of these destinations are in Alberta, some are in B.C., and one even ventures across the border. The beautiful thing about these road trips is that they're nice and short. Nothing puts a damper on a trip like a long, boring drive. Also, many of us are pressed for time when it comes to fitting a vacation into our schedules. If you only have a weekend for your holiday, you might as well make the most of it and waste as little time in the car as possible. 

Head out after work on a Friday and get home in time on Sunday to avoid that Sunday night stress. Here are six road trips from Calgary that are under five hours. See you on the road!

Golden, BC

Distance From Calgary: 3 hours

Why You Need To Go: Home to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden is a seriously underrated vacation destination. The quaint little town is surrounded by vast forests and rugged mountains. If you're looking to switch up your usual mountain road trips, give Golden a try.

Banff, AB

Distance From Calgary: 1.5 hours

Why You Need To Go: A short but sweet jaunt into the mountains is never a bad idea. If you're aching to get out of the city, you can be on Banff Ave. in just an hour and a half. Enjoy the mountains, the amazing food and nightlife scene, and the extreme coziness of snow-topped mountains and alpine air. 

Revelstoke, BC

Distance From Calgary: 5 hours

Why You Need To Go: If you're a fan of small-town charm, you're going to love it here. Revelstoke is a small ski town in British Columbia that is surrounded by natural beauty and filled with cute cafés and local businesses to get cozy in.

Lake Louise, AB

Distance From Calgary: 2 hours

Why You Need To Go: There is no better feeling than spotting mountain peaks on the drive out of Calgary and into the Rockies. Head to Lake Louise for a day, night, or weekend of fall hiking among golden larch trees.

Whitefish, MT

Distance From Calgary: 5 hours

Why You Need To Go: Whitefish might just be one of the cutest little towns in existence. Surrounded by wild mountain beauty, the little town streets will make you feel like you've stepped back in time. Whether you're looking to adventure in the mountains or cozy up in a café, you're going to love it here.

Radium Hot Springs, BC

Distance From Calgary: 3 hours

Why You Need To Go: It doesn't get any better than viewing stunning fall colours while soaking in a natural hot spring. Between Calgary and Radium Hot Springs is an awe-inspiring drive with winding roads, mountain passages, and a ton of wildlife to be spotted.

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