The Foothills of southwest Alberta are full of scenic stretches of highway, with breath-taking views of the world-famous Rocky Mountains and rolling prairies. Take a day to cruise through these amazing vistas. There are always places to take a break from the road, in the small towns that dot the area.

Start the day out on Highway 22 (Cowboy Trail), south of Calgary and stop for breakfast at the Chuckwagon Café in Turner Valley, then walk off that breakfast by strolling down main street in Black Diamond where you can check out local art galleries like Bluerock. If you start out late, head for lunch at Marv’s Classic Soda Shop in Black Diamond or Motoburrito, a Mexican-style food truck in Turner Valley.

Head back out on the open road via Highway 22 following the signs for the Bar U Ranch. Or take a cruise to Nanton and check out the Bomber Command Museum of Canada.

Make the route a loop by turning onto Highway 540 at the Bar U, and head towards Hwy #2. Stop in High River to check out some unique local shops then grab a bite to eat in Okotoks at the Royal Duke Pub. At 215 km, this ride is a leisurely, easy day trip.

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