If visiting the Banff on a touristy trip, be sure to visit Bow Falls, just a short drive from the Banff townsite. Bow Falls are a regular attraction for visitors, due to its close proximity to the town and amenities. The falls are quite beautiful, flowing just Southeast of the townsite and with a backdrop of trees and mountains. The falls aren’t incredibly high, but will provide some great photos. Parking is literally a step away from the lookoff, so getting to see them shouldn’t be a problem. The Banff Springs Hotel is also just a hop and skip away.
To get to Bow Falls, head to the Bow River bridge at the south end of town. Go east on Spray Avenue and take a left onto Rundle Ave. The falls are at the bottom of the hill and to the left. Several hiking trails also lead off from this location, be sure to check them out.