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advice on our outline itinerary

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advice on our outline itinerary

Hi there,

we're doing a road trip June 2013 and in early planning stages. We don't want to hammer the driving, want lots of good stops to enjoy the scenery/activities/beauty, and are looking at a mixture of hotel/camping/motel accommodation to ease costs.

So far, this is the basic plan:

1 nght Calgary to recover from flight and acclimatise

4 nights based in Banff, trips out around from there, walks, white water etc.

1 night staying along icefields parkway (?glacier view inn)

2 nights based in Jasper

1 night Lake Louise (possibly camping here)

Then heading off for vancouver: 1 night revelstoke, i night Kamloops, finishing off the trip with 4 nights based in vancouver.

I'm getting dizzy with all the other possibilities, I know its all down to personal choice, but can you guys see any glaring errors/omissions with this as a basic itinerary of stops?

More questions later.....no doubt!

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1. Re: advice on our outline itinerary

Welcome to the TripAdvisor forums, Caroline!

Just a couple of thoughts on your itinerary. I'm not sure why you're planning on staying overnight on the Icefields Parkway. If you're planning to take in some hiking in the area, or want to take an early or late Glacier Experience trip, that can be a good idea. Otherwise, accommodations and food on the Icefields Parkway are pricy and unimpressive. Since you're coming in June, you have more than 12 hours of daylight to drive the Icefields Parkway from Banff to Jasper. That's a 4-hour drive non-stop, so you can take your time at every little scenic pullout and viewpoint and really enjoy the trip. Make sure to get a box lunch and top off your fuel before you leave Banff so that you're not forced to stop at the same bottlenecks that the tourists stop at. (There are only 4 places to eat, and 1 gas station, between Lake Louise and Jasper.)

You might also reconsider the number of days you're spending in Vancouver; it's a lovely city, with many attractions, but people rarely complain that they spent too *much* time in the Rockies.

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2. Re: advice on our outline itinerary

I agree with C_W. Why stay along the IP? Add that day to Jasper. Also you might consider other routes to Vancouver other than to stay at Kamloops. Have you considered heading down into the Okanagan region via Kelowna, although I would not stay in Kelowna but in a smaller town nearby, like Penticton.

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