28 days in United States, Jasper National Park & Banff National Park Itinerary

28 days in United States, Jasper National Park & Banff National Park Itinerary

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Start: Seattle, United States
Fly:  10 h 15 min
1
Jasper National Park, Canada
— 5 nights
Bus:  2 h 45 min
2
Banff National Park, Canada
— 6 nights
Bus + Fly:  9 h 45 min
3
Salt Lake City, United States
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
4
Jackson Hole, United States
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Yellowstone National Park, United States
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: Seattle, United States

5
nights
Jasper National Park, Canada

Jasper National Park ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Athabasca Glacier and Old Fort Point Loop Trail. Visiting Sunwapta Falls and Marmot Basin Ski Area will get you outdoors. Explore Jasper National Park's surroundings by going to The Beaver Boardwalk (in Hinton), River Rafting & Tubing (in Valemount) and Jackman Flats Provincial Park (in Tete Jaune Cache). And it doesn't end there: trek along Mount Edith Cavell Trail, stroll through Skyline Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Moab Lake, and take in the exciting artwork at Mountain Galleries.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Jasper National Park trip itinerary app.

Seattle, USA to Jasper National Park is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Seattle to Jasper National Park. In May, Jasper National Park is a bit cooler than Seattle - with highs of 63°F and lows of 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can catch the bus to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Jasper National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

The Beaver Boardwalk, River Rafting & Tubing, Jackman Flats Provincial Park
Highlights from your plan
Sunwapta Falls ©
Sunwapta Falls
Mount Edith Cavell Trail ©
Mount Edith Cavell Trail
Mount Edith Cavell ©
Mount Edith Cavell

6
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Natural Bridge and Kootenay National Park. Take a break from the city and head to Bow Lake and Ink Pots Hiking Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Banff National Park: Kicking Horse River (in Field), Golden (Rocky Mountain Buffalo Ranch, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, &more) and Takakkaw Falls (in Yoho National Park). There's lots more to do: hike along Parker Ridge Trail, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, view the masterpieces at Samson Native Gallery, and pause for some photo ops at Big Head Sculpture.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Banff National Park trip planner.

Take a bus from Jasper National Park to Banff National Park in 4.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Jasper National Park in May: highs in Banff National Park hover around 56°F, while lows dip to 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Golden, Yoho National Park, Canmore, Kootenay National Park
Highlights from your plan
Kootenay National Park ©
Kootenay National Park
Takakkaw Falls ©
Takakkaw Falls
Parker Ridge Trail ©
Parker Ridge Trail

4
nights
Salt Lake City, United States

Salt Lake City ©
Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Visiting Big Cottonwood Canyon and Alta Ski Area will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Timpanogos Cave National Monument and Guardsman Pass Scenic Backway. Venture out of the city with trips to Solitude Mountain Resort (in Solitude), Backcountry Snowmobiling (in Coalville) and Utah Lake State Park (in Provo). Next up on the itinerary: cast your line with a fishing tour, fly down the slopes at Powder Mountain, don't miss a visit to Roots of Knowledge, and identify plant and animal life at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Salt Lake City trip itinerary builder site.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Banff National Park to Salt Lake City in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, Salt Lake City is warmer than Banff National Park - with highs of 89°F and lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Park City, Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, Solitude Mountain Resort, Alta Ski Area, Timpanogos Cave National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Big Cottonwood Canyon ©
Big Cottonwood Canyon
Backcountry Snowmobiling ©
Backcountry Snowmobiling
Alta Ski Area ©
Alta Ski Area

6
nights
Jackson Hole, United States

Jackson Hole ©
The Jackson Hole valley is approximately 97 km (60 mi) long and 24 km (15 mi) wide, encompassing the town of Jackson, Teton Village, and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park.
Step off the beaten path and head to 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive and Oxbow Bend. Visiting Laurance Rockefeller Preserve and Bridger Teton National Forest will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jackson Hole: Chapel of the Sacred Heart (in Moose), Mesa Falls (in Ashton) and Grand Teton National Park (String Lake, Potholes Turnout, Grand Teton National Park, &more). The adventure continues: explore the landscape on two wheels at Antelope Flats, make a trip to Antler Arches of Jackson, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rendezvous Mountain, and look for all kinds of wild species at Teton Raptor Center.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Jackson Hole trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Salt Lake City to Jackson Hole takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Salt Lake City in June, you will find days in Jackson Hole are a bit cooler (72°F), and nights are cooler (39°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Grand Teton National Park, Mesa Falls, Bridger Teton National Forest
Highlights from your plan
String Lake ©
String Lake
Laurance Rockefeller Preserve ©
Laurance Rockefeller Preserve
Oxbow Bend ©
Oxbow Bend

5
nights
Yellowstone National Park, United States

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Get in touch with nature at West Thumb Geyser Basin and Artists’ Paintpots. Explore hidden gems such as Mud Volcano and Dragon's Mouth Springs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yellowstone National Park: Yellowstone River (in West Yellowstone) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Gardiner). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Upper Falls of the Yellowstone River, tour the pleasant surroundings at Observation Point Trail, explore the striking landscape at Gibbon Falls, and trek along North Rim Trail.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park online trip maker.

Drive from Jackson Hole to Yellowstone National Park in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Jackson Hole in June, things will get a bit cooler in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 66°F and lows about 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Yellowstone River, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
S Rim Trail ©
S Rim Trail
West Thumb Geyser Basin ©
West Thumb Geyser Basin
Mud Volcano ©
Mud Volcano

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