15 days in Banff National Park & Glacier National Park Itinerary

15 days in Banff National Park & Glacier National Park Itinerary

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15 days in Banff National Park & Glacier National Park Itinerary

Washington DC, United States
Drive:  15​h
Banff National Park, Canada
— 6 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
Glacier National Park, United States
— 8 nights
taxi + Fly:  9​h 30​min
Washington DC, United States

5
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Banff National Park, Canada

Banff National Park ©
Among the world's oldest national parks, Banff National Park serves as a World Heritage-listed mecca for cyclists, hikers, skiers, bird-watchers, mountain climbers, and anyone else with a passion for exploring vast untouched wildernesses.
Escape the urban bustle at Bow Glacier Falls and Tunnel Mountain Trail. Explore hidden gems such as Plain of Six Glaciers and Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Agnes, stroll through Bow Valley Parkway, explore the stunning scenery at Johnston Canyon, and get to know the fascinating history of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Banff National Park tour planner.

Washington DC, USA to Banff National Park is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. In July, Banff National Park is colder than Washington DC - with highs of 68°F and lows of 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Glacier National Park.

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Natural Bridge
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Lake Louise ©
Lake Louise
Lake Agnes ©
Lake Agnes
Natural Bridge ©
Natural Bridge

7
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Glacier National Park, United States

Glacier National Park ©
The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
Take a break from the city and head to Running Eagle Falls and Swiftcurrent Lake. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Virginia Falls and Iceberg Lake Trail. When in Glacier National Park, make a side trip to see River Rafting & Tubing in West Glacier, approximately 54 minutes away. Spend the 12th (Wed) exploring nature at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. And it doesn't end there: hike along Trail of the Cedars, contemplate the waterfront views at Two Medicine Lake, admire the sheer force of St.Mary Falls, and explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Glacier National Park travel planner.

Traveling by car from Banff National Park to Glacier National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Banff National Park in July; daily highs in Glacier National Park reach 84°F and lows reach 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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West Glacier
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Swiftcurrent Lake ©
Swiftcurrent Lake
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail
River Rafting & Tubing

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