48 days in Alberta Itinerary

48 days in Alberta Itinerary

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48 days in Alberta Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
Drive:  4 h 15 min
1
Jasper National Park
— 8 nights
Bus:  2 h 45 min
2
Banff National Park
— 9 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
3
Waterton Lakes National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Lethbridge
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Drumheller
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Calgary
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Red Deer
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Edmonton
— 7 nights
End: Edmonton

8
nights
Jasper National Park

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.
Head to Jasper Artists Guild Brush Fire Gallery and Jasper Art Galleryfor some retail therapy. Jasper-Yellowhead Museum & Archives and The Jasper Planetarium are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: cruise along Columbia Ice Field, admire the sheer force of Athabasca Falls, view the masterpieces at Our Native Land, and get a taste of the local shopping with Mountain Galleries.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Jasper National Park online trip itinerary maker .

Edmonton to Jasper National Park is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Edmonton in September, Jasper National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Jasper National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Athabasca Falls ©
Athabasca Falls
Columbia Ice Field ©
Columbia Ice Field
Maligne Canyon ©
Maligne Canyon

9
nights
Banff National Park

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.
Visit Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and Cave and Basin National Historic Site for their historical value. Head to Samson Native Gallery and All In The Wild Galleryfor some retail therapy. Step out of Banff National Park with an excursion to Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park in Canmore--about 1h 10 min away. On the 16th (Mon), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Temple Mountain. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Louise, explore the stunning scenery at Johnston Canyon, look for gifts at Wilsons Mountain Sports, and admire the sheer force of Bow Falls.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Banff National Park trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by bus from Jasper National Park to Banff National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Jasper National Park in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Banff National Park: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Waterton Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park
Highlights from your plan
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise ©
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Moraine Lake ©
Moraine Lake
Johnston Canyon ©
Johnston Canyon

5
nights
Waterton Lakes National Park

Waterton Lakes National Park ©
Established in the 1890s and named after a celebrated Victorian naturalist, Waterton Lakes National Park encompasses a variety of landscapes that include mountains, freshwater wetlands, prairie grasslands, aspen forests, and lakes.
Escape the urban bustle at International Peace Park Hike and Waterton Lakes Golf Course. When in Waterton Lakes National Park, make a side trip to see Cardston Sweet Shop in Cardston, approximately 46 minutes away. Spend the 23rd (Mon) exploring nature at Waterton Lake National Park. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Crypt Lake Trail, make a trip to Waterton Village, hike along Bertha Falls, and head outdoors with Bear's Hump.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Waterton Lakes National Park trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Banff National Park to Waterton Lakes National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Banff National Park in September, you will find days in Waterton Lakes National Park are somewhat warmer (20°C), and nights are about the same (5°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Lethbridge.

Things to do in Waterton Lakes National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Cardston Sweet Shop
Highlights from your plan
Crypt Lake Trail ©
Crypt Lake Trail
Red Rock Canyon ©
Red Rock Canyon
Bertha Lake ©
Bertha Lake

3
nights
Lethbridge

Lethbridge ©
Lethbridge is a city in the province of Alberta, Canada, and the largest city in southern Alberta. Appreciate the collections at Lebel Mansion and The Fort (Museum of the North West Mounted Police). Visiting Evergreen Golf Centre and The Bridges at Claresholm Golf Course will get you outdoors. Step out of Lethbridge with an excursion to Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site in Fort Macleod--about 1 hour away. The adventure continues: pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Old Creamery Antiques, sample the tasty concoctions at Theoretically Brewing Company, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Lethbridge journey planning website .

You can drive from Waterton Lakes National Park to Lethbridge in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. September in Lethbridge sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Drumheller.

Things to do in Lethbridge

Outdoors Golf Museums

Side Trips

Fort Macleod, Lebel Mansion, The Old Creamery Antiques, The Bridges at Claresholm Golf Course
Highlights from your plan

4
nights
Drumheller

Drumheller ©
Keep an eye out for prehistoric beasts lurking in dark corners during your trip to Drumheller.
Get in touch with nature at Dinosaur Provincial Park and Three Hills Golf Club. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Royal Tyrrell Museum and Trekcetera Museum. Step out of Drumheller with an excursion to Hanna Pioneer Museum & Village in Hanna--about 1 hour away. There's much more to do: tee off at Dinosaur Trail Golf & Country Club, contemplate the long history of Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site, examine the collection at East Coulee School Museum, and stop by The Sage Shoppe.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Drumheller trip itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Lethbridge to Drumheller in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. September in Drumheller sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Calgary.

Things to do in Drumheller

Outdoors Golf Museums

Side Trips

Three Hills Golf Club, Dinosaur Provincial Park, Hanna Pioneer Museum & Village
Highlights from your plan
Royal Tyrrell Museum ©
Royal Tyrrell Museum
Dinosaur Provincial Park ©
Dinosaur Provincial Park
Hanna Pioneer Museum & Village ©
Hanna Pioneer Museum & Village

7
nights
Calgary

Calgary ©
Known as the "Stampede City" thanks to its world-famous annual rodeo, Calgary remains a tale of two cities.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Stephen Avenue Walk and Bar U Ranch National Historic Site. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Heritage Park Historical Village and Bluerock Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Calgary: Millarville Farmers Market (in Millarville), Muk-Luk Magpies Stained Glass Emporium (in Airdrie) and Studio West Bronze Foundry & Art Gallery (in Cochrane). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Glenbow Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at CrossIron Mills, enjoy breathtaking views from Calgary Tower, and steep yourself in history at Fort Calgary.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Calgary trip planner .

You can drive from Drumheller to Calgary in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in October, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Red Deer.

Things to do in Calgary

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lineham House Galleries, CrossIron Mills, Studio West Bronze Foundry & Art Gallery, Kananaskis Country Golf Course, Muk-Luk Magpies Stained Glass Emporium
Highlights from your plan
Stephen Avenue Walk ©
Stephen Avenue Walk
Heritage Park Historical Village ©
Heritage Park Historical Village
Glenbow Museum ©
Glenbow Museum

3
nights
Red Deer

Red Deer ©
Red Deer is a city in Central Alberta, Canada. You'll get in some beach time at Aspen Beach Provincial Park and Tail Creek Park. Escape the urban bustle at Ponoka Golf Club and Pine Hills Golf Club. Get out of town with these interesting Red Deer side-trips: Double Tree Village Museum (in Spruce View) and Pandora's Boox & Tea (in Olds).

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Red Deer trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Calgary to Red Deer in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Calgary in October, Red Deer is a bit cooler at night with lows of -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Edmonton.

Things to do in Red Deer

Outdoors Golf Beaches

Side Trips

Pandora's Boox & Tea, Pine Hills Golf Club, Aspen Beach Provincial Park, Ponoka Golf Club, Double Tree Village Museum
Highlights from your plan
Pine Hills Golf Club ©
Pine Hills Golf Club
Pandora's Boox & Tea ©
Pandora's Boox & Tea

7
nights
Edmonton

Edmonton ©
Though it suffers from frigid temperatures for much of the year, Edmonton offers a range of tourist activities for all four seasons.
Get some cultural insight at Old Strathcona and Fort Edmonton Park. Take a break from the city and head to Blackhawk Golf Club and Clifford E. Lee Nature Sanctuary. Explore Edmonton's surroundings by going to Big Rig Craft Distillery (in Nisku) and The Painted Door on Main (in Beaumont). The adventure continues: buy something for everyone on your list at West Edmonton Mall, look and learn at TELUS World of Science - Edmonton, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of Alberta, and tee off at Cougar Creek Golf Resort.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Edmonton trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Red Deer to Edmonton takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Red Deer in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Edmonton, with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Edmonton

Shopping Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Spruce Grove, Big Rig Craft Distillery, The Painted Door on Main
Highlights from your plan
West Edmonton Mall ©
West Edmonton Mall
Old Strathcona ©
Old Strathcona
Fort Edmonton Park ©
Fort Edmonton Park

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