Hello - I've been reading many of the posts here and have my basic itinerary set for my visit to Banff/Lake Louise/Jasper in late July. I'll be arriving in Spokane July 14, spending a week in Glacier Nat'l Park (US), then heading to Banff and Jasper. I currently have 3 nights booked in Banff (arriving from Pincher Creek), followed by 2 nights in Jasper. I am a photographer, and will be mainly focused on photography and shorter hikes. I may also squeeze in a horseback ride during this portion of my trip.
My last night in Jasper is July 24. My flight home leaves Spokane at 12:45PM on July 27. I am looking for suggestions on how to break up the last two nights on my return trip to Spokane. I could add a night to Jasper (meaning a LONG drive the next day towards Spokane), or head back for another night in either Lake Louise or Banff. I could also continue driving south and stay somewhere such as Cranbrook. I had originally booked a night in Revelstoke, but I think that's too far out of the way. I am thinking I will spend the last night (July 26) back in the US, possibly Sandpoint, ID so I can shorten the drive back to Spokane the next morning.
Does anyone have any suggestions on what might be the easiest/best way to spend these last two nights? I'm leaning towards the Banff area (or possibly a splurge at the Chateau LL) for the first night and then a leisurely drive to Sandpoint the last night, but would love to hear thoughts and ideas. Thanks in advance for any suggestions!