15 days in Alaska, British Columbia & Alberta Itinerary

15 days in Alaska, British Columbia & Alberta Itinerary

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Anchorage, United States
— 2 nights
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Vancouver, Canada
— 3 nights
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Whistler, Canada
— 2 nights
Bus to Vancouver, BC - Burrard Skytrain Station, Fly to Sun Peaks
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Sun Peaks, Canada
— 1 night
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Jasper National Park, Canada
— 2 nights
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Banff National Park, Canada
— 3 nights
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Calgary, Canada
— 1 night
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Anchorage, United States

— 2 nights

The City of Lights and Flowers

Home to nearly half of Alaska's population, the port city of Anchorage covers a staggering area of over 4,900 sq km (1,900 sq mi) surrounded by mountains.
Spend the 1st (Sat) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. Spend the 3rd (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Alaska Zoo, explore the landscape on two wheels at Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Anchorage driving holiday tool.

New York City to Anchorage is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time, which is usually a -4 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in January, things will get slightly colder in Anchorage: highs are around 26°F and lows about 15°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to fly to Vancouver.

Things to do in Anchorage

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Vancouver, Canada

— 3 nights

Hollywood North

Known as "Hollywood North," Vancouver boasts one of the largest film/television industries in the world, second only to Los Angeles and New York.
Vancouver is known for parks, nature, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Stanley Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Kitsilano Beach, meet the residents at Vancouver Aquarium, and don't miss a visit to Granville Island.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Vancouver trip maker tool.

You can fly from Anchorage to Vancouver in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train. The time zone difference moving from Alaska Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Anchorage in January, you will find days in Vancouver are a bit warmer (45°F), and nights are much warmer (37°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Whistler.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Whistler, Canada

— 2 nights
Home to one of the largest ski areas in North America, former logging town of Whistler provides activities and entertainment for avid nature lovers and adrenaline seekers.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): see Off-Road Tours, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): glide through natural beauty at Whistler Blackcomb and then take in the exciting artwork at Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Whistler trip website.

Traveling by car from Vancouver to Whistler takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Vancouver in January, expect Whistler to be a bit cooler, temps between 34°F and 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sun Peaks.

Things to do in Whistler

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Tours · Parks

Sun Peaks, Canada

— 1 night
Sun Peaks is a mountain resort municipality in British Columbia, Canada. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at Sun Peaks Spa and then get outside with Mountain Man Dog Sled Adventures.

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You can do a combination of bus and flight from Whistler to Sun Peaks in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 33°F in January, and nighttime lows around 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Jasper National Park.

Things to do in Sun Peaks

Wildlife · Outdoors · Spas · Tours

Jasper National Park, Canada

— 2 nights
The largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, sprawling Jasper National Park encompasses more than 10,000 sq km (4,200 sq mi) of largely unspoiled mountain wilderness.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): stop by Experience Gourmet Living, cast your line with On-Line Sport & Tackle, indulge in some personalized pampering at Summit Massage Therapy and Wellness, then head outdoors with Lac Beauvert, and finally sample some tasty brews at Jasper Food Tours. Keep things going the next day: explore the stunning scenery at Maligne Canyon, then get a taste of the local shopping with Jasper Art Gallery, then hit the slopes at Marmot Basin Ski Area, and finally get outside with Old Fort Point.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Jasper National Park day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Sun Peaks to Jasper National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Sun Peaks in January, Jasper National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 8°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Jasper National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wineries

Banff National Park, Canada

— 3 nights
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.
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To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Banff National Park sightseeing site.

You can drive from Jasper National Park to Banff National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Jasper National Park in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Banff National Park, with highs around 20°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Calgary.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Calgary, Canada

— 1 night

Stampede City

Known as the "Stampede City" thanks to its world-famous annual rodeo, Calgary remains a tale of two cities.
On the 15th (Sat), glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Calgary trip planner.

You can drive from Banff National Park to Calgary in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Banff National Park in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Calgary: temperatures range from 33°F by day to 12°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Calgary

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure
Highlights from your trip

Alaska travel guide

4.5
Dolphin & Whale Watching · Geologic Formations · Bodies of Water
The Last Frontier
The country's largest state, Alaska is also its least densely populated. America's final frontier, the state lies on the Arctic Circle and features some of the highest mountains in the United States. Today, several million people flock annually to the state's pristine wilderness areas, which shelter a diverse plant and animal life and offer a great selection of things to do. Tailor-made for adventurous types wishing to leave civilization behind, Alaska can also be an extremely expensive vacation destination, with few transportation options and much of its land accessible only by plane or helicopter.

British Columbia travel guide

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Parks · Dolphin & Whale Watching · Wineries & Vineyards
Approximately four times as large as Great Britain, the westernmost Canadian province of British Columbia remains a sparsely populated land of soaring mountains, picture-perfect coastlines, and dense forests filled with a diverse wildlife. Ideal for active and adventurous vacationers, British Columbia holidays usually include a blend of wilderness experiences and tours of urban attractions. Most visitors come here to kayak, whale watch, ski, snowboard, golf, fish, surf, and hike through 4 national parks and 140 ecological reserves. For a comprehensive British Columbia tour, make sure your visit includes stops in Vancouver and Victoria, two big cities packed with modern attractions and perfectly positioned for exploring this part of North America.

Alberta travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Parks · Waterfalls
Home to two of the world's oldest national parks, Alberta draws millions of visitors with its scenic landscapes ideal for skiing, hiking, and camping. Few leave this western Canadian province without a visit to Lake Louise, arguably the biggest attraction in Alberta. The pristine area around this glacial body of water offers some of the world's finest trails for mountain biking and horseback riding, while a nearby ski resort provides runs for alpine and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, and heli-skiing. If you get sated of all those picture-perfect natural landscapes, add Calgary or Edmonton to your Alberta trip itinerary. Both offer good tourist infrastructure and host renowned festivals, celebrating everything from the country's ranching culture to folk music.