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banff, victoria, and san juan

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1. Re: banff, victoria, and san juan

Hi,

first of all welcome. I work in Banff all summer doing tours and am there now. You need a good 7 days to see Banff and Jasper National Park and Lake louise. 2-3 days is not realistic at all since you also spend two days coming and going.. Your planning way too much for such a little time. If you want to do Banff then go and prioritize your time there. 2 days in Victoria is perhaps better spent elsewhere and 4 days in Seattle can be whittled down. I still think its too much. I'd perhaps concentrate on the West coast and save the rockies for another time. Airfare to Calgary from Seattle can be as low as $124 each way and a rt/ calgary would give you a better center to do a Rockies trip than Bellingham

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2. Re: banff, victoria, and san juan

Coatty, your trip is insane. You have developed one of the worst cases of see-it-all-itis ever to appear on these boards! Only ruthless surgery on your trip plan can save you now. It is not too late; cut back and save yourself.

Write back for post-surgical followup instructions.

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3. Re: banff, victoria, and san juan

Not do-able.

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4. Re: banff, victoria, and san juan

kaleburg! Brillant response! Will copy and reuse as needed. :>

coatty - its impossible to figure out from your post what you are trying to do. As noted, the plan as listed is impossible, so I'm unsure if you have left out several pieces of critical information about your plan that would help us to understand and assist, or if you just haven't done any research at all and have no clue what you are talking about.

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5. Re: banff, victoria, and san juan

Do you have 11 nights to do this journey?

Bellingham > Banff > Victoria > San Juan > Seattle/Bellingham

would be about the same driving times as

Lincoln > Memphis > Minneapolis > Watertown SD > Lincoln

Then you would probably want to stay in the locations and experience them. Your 11 nights would evaporate in driving. So you do need to pare down. Maybe leave off Banff.

Arrive Bellingham before noon

Leave right away north to Canada and west to Victoria (about 4.5 hours, including an hour wait for the ferry. But there can be additional border crossing delays of up to 3 hours to be prepared for.)

3 nights Victoria

WA State ferry to Friday Harbour

3 nights in the Islands

WA State ferry to Seattle

3 nights Seattle

1 night might be needed in Bellingham before flight out, or not depending if you can get an evening flight out.

Depart Bellingham

Map for this suggestion: http://goo.gl/maps/f20Fe

On the other hand, if the Rockies matter more than anything, you could fly into Calgary and make a very nice loop out of Calgary for 11 nights. But that itinerary question is for the Canadian Rockies Forum.

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