We are travelling through the Canadian Rockies in early October & need some help! We are a couple 25 & 30 we like to do scenic driving we are not so much into hiking however happy to do short walks, lookouts etc. We are short on time as we are in the US/Canada doing a 3 week trip & this is our 5th trip to the states & 2nd to Canada (last time we did East Coast) we are used to moving quite quick from destination to destination. Basically we like to see the main sights & move on.
We are undecided whether we should stay in Lake Louise & Banff or whether we should substitute Banff for Calgary which would make the day we drive to Glacier National Park - Kalispell shorter by 90 mins which is the next day. Wondering if we will miss out on anything by not staying at the Fairmont Banff, we are flexible we can drive from Banff straight through to GNP however it would be an easier drive if we went through to Calgary instead of overnighting in Banff.
Our proposed itinerary is below:
29 Sep 2014 Afternoon drive from Vancouver to Kamloops (3.5 hrs) & Overnight: Holiday Inn
30 Sep 2014 Early Morning Drive from Kamloops to Jasper (5 hrs)
Afternoon – Jasper
Overnight: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Overnight: Fairmont Lake Louise
2 Oct 2014 Drive to Banff (40 mins)
Gondola & Boat Ride
Overnight: Fairmont Banff Springs or Calgary?
Look forward to your replies!