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Take a road trip through some of the world’s most dramatic scenery – the immense majesty of the Canadian and American Rockies. You’ll find soaring, snow capped peaks, cascading waterfalls, glacial lakes, thermal springs and geysers, as well as the vast Great Plains of cowboy country.

Explore the national parks of Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Banff and Jasper. Look for grizzly bears, wolves, bison, coyotes, elk and moose. This is a pristine wilderness like no other.

Duration: 25 days

Holiday Type:
Independent Motorhome Tour

Price from:
£3,999  per person

Departure dates:

  • Year round
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Highlights

  • Calgary – Home to the greatest outdoor show on earth
  • Waterton Lakes National Park
  • Glacier National Park
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Salmon/North Fork for a taste of the old west
  • Kootenay National Park
  • Banff National Park
  • The Icefields Parkway and the Columbia Icefields
  • Jasper and Maligne Lake
  • Rocky Mountain House

Route Map

What's Included

  • International flights to Calgary
  • Airport transfer on arrival
  • Transfers to and from the motorhome depot
  • 2 nights in a centrally located hotel in Calgary including breakfast
  • 21 nights pre-booked campsites
  • Fraserway C-Medium RV hire for 22 days, including:
  • Full Inclusive Package including Convenience Kits, Preparation Fee, CDR and unlimited km’s
  • Collision Damage Waiver
  • Kitchen Equipment, linen and bedding
  • Reversing camera
  • Camping chairs
  • Road maps
  • Personalised road book with travel tips and day-to-day driving itinerary with local area information
  • Mobile itinerary app with offline maps and real time itinerary updates

Itinerary

Days 1 - 2: Calgary

The trip starts in Calgary, a modern, breezy city with great eateries, vibrant music scene and a rich western heritage as Canada’s ‘Cowtown’ and home to the ‘Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth’: the annual 10 day Calgary Stampede.

Get to know the bustling downtown with its western stores and amazing views from the 191 metre high Calgary Tower Observation Deck. At the Heritage Park Historical Village the buildings dates from 1915 or earlier. Ride a steam train, visit the old shops, post office, church and school and get a real feel for frontier life in times past.

Days 3 - 4: Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada

Distance: 268km (167miles)

Pick up your motorhome and after a familiarisation session you’ll be heading off through the rolling hills to Waterton Lakes. This is cattle country where the Rocky Mountains descend and merge with the vast prairies.

Take a drive to Redrock Canyon, watching out for bears along the way. Hike up to Blakiston Falls, enjoy a Shoreline Cruise along the lake or follow the Akamina Parkway to Cameron Lake where you can hire a canoe for some magnificent views from on the water.

Days 5 - 6: Glacier National Park, USA

Distance: 157km (98miles)

Cross the border with the USA and climb up to Montana’s Glacier National Park where the surrounding scenery is sensational: craggy mountain peaks, tranquil lakes, lush meadows and dense forests. There are 700 miles of hiking trails to suit all levels of ability, so immerse yourself in this spectacular wilderness preserve.

Wildlife is abundant, if shy, so you might be lucky and spot grizzly bears, cougars, wolves, mountain goats and the distinctive bighorn sheep. For a showcase of the park’s stunning views, snow-capped peaks and mirror-like lakes follow the popular Going-to-the-Sun Road along a 50 mile stretch. Alternatively take it easy and watch the goats at the Goat Lick or paddle a canoe on idyllic Lake McDonald.

Day 7: Deer Lodge, USA

Distance: 340km (211miles)

This is a day for driving through epic Big Sky Country. With Flathead Lake to your right, you’ll follow the Seeley-Swan scenic drive south from Swan Lake to Seeley Lake with mountains rising up on either side. This is real cowboy country with vast herds grazing the wide open spaces of the Great Plains.

Days 8 - 10: Yellowstone National Park, USA

Distance: 296km (184miles)

Pick up the road south to Yellowstone National Park where you will be awe-struck by the natural surroundings and the bewildering variety of wildlife. Moose, bear, bison, wolves, elk, river otters, bighorn sheep roam this epic wilderness and the park is home to the largest concentration of geysers and hot pools in the world. Driving around is easy, thanks to a straightforward loop road with plenty of places to pull over and hike from on foot. Take the Upper Loop through the park, leading past Mammoth Hot Springs, Tower Falls and Upper Falls.

Allow a full day to really explore Yellowstone with all its beauty spots and natural thermal features in all their myriad iridescent colours (Grand Prismatic Spring is a highlight). Take the Lower Loop in order to witness Old Faithful, the world’s most famous geyser shooting 42 metres in to the sky every 78 minutes, and Yellowstone Lake.

Just to the south in Wyoming lies Grand Teton National Park, an idyllic area with plenty of opportunities for hiking, canoeing and swimming amid spectacular scenery. The Tetons are one of the world’s most dramatic mountain ranges, rising up from the Jackson Hole valley floor. Some of North America’s most talismanic creatures live here, including bears, bald eagles and elk. Take a boat trip across Jenny Lake to Hidden Falls, where water cascades down 100 feet or so amongst tall trees.

Day 11: Salmon/North Fork, USA

Distance: 381km (237miles)

Eastern Idaho offers a pristine paradise and a chance to savour the Rocky Mountains in all their glory and the Snake River Plain below. Head from Island Park with its 15 mile volcanic basin to Mesa Falls where the viewing platform gives amazing views of the powerful ten storey waterfall. Then on to the distinctive Menan Buttes, two of the world’s largest volcanic cones, and finally to Salmon and North Fork where you step back into Old West.

Days 12 - 13: Missoula, USA

Distance: 225km (140miles)

Turning due north, you’ll enjoy a scenic drive through ancient Native American territories, once frequented by explorers, fur trappers and miners seeking their fortunes.

Missoula is highly rated as a favourite small city by many travellers. With attractive early 20thcentury buildings, excellent dining, arts and shopping, it’s a thoroughly pleasant urban environment. It’s easy to walk around the low-rise centre and no surprise it’s known as the ‘Garden City’ for its verdant surroundings (five valleys converge here with three major rivers nearby).

The University of Montana ensures a lively, entertaining ambience and there’s a readiness to enjoy the outdoor life with farmers markets, outdoor concerts and cinema in the park. Clark Fork River offers paddle boarding, fly fishing and plenty of hiking trails.

Day 14: Newport, USA

Distance: 336km (210miles)

From Missoula head west and pass towering peaks, picturesque valleys and dark, shimmering lakes before stopping overnight in Newport. This is a small town on the Washington/Idaho border beside the Pend Oreille River, popular for hiking, boating and fishing.

Days 15 - 16: Cranbrook (Fort Steele), Canada

Distance: 228km (142miles)

Before re-entering Canada today you’ll have the chance to discover the natural charms of Sandpoint on the shore of Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho’s largest lake. Further north are the Moyie Falls on the Moyie River, cutting through one of Idaho’s most dramatic canyons.

Cranbrook lies in Canada, between the Kootenay National Park and the Purcell Mountains. Nearby is Fort Steele Heritage Town, complete with 98 historical buildings, heavy horses and rare breed livestock. You can take a steam train ride, watch the working forge and leather craftsmen and even pan for gold.

Days 17 - 18: Banff National Park

Distance: 262km (163miles)

A highlight of Kootenay National Park, north of Cranbrook, is Sinclair Canyon. It’s a gorgeous spot, with the Juniper Trail from the Hot Springs parking lot being a popular option. In fact there are numerous amazing viewpoints so do explore: Olive Lake and Kootenay Valley Viewpoint are exceptional, and a stop at Numa Falls and Marble Canyon is a must.

Take time to get to know Banff: Lake Minnewanka, the Vermillion Lakes, Johnston Canyon and Sulphur Mountain – take a dip in the hot pools and take the leisurely gondola to the top of the mountain for breathtaking wraparound vistas.

Days 19 - 20: Jasper, Canada

Distance: 288km (180miles)

Prepare for a truly memorable day. The Icefields Parkway is often considered the world’s most spectacular road. Running 230 km from Lake Louise to Jasper, it features the best of Rocky Mountain scenery, with cascading rivers, high mountain passes, alpine glaciers, snowy peaks and crystal clear turquoise lakes. Along the way keep an eye open for black bears, deer and coyotes. Stop whenever you can and drink in the views – highlights include the Crowfoot Glacier, Peyto Lake and Lake Louise. Maybe find time to take a glacier tour at the Columbia Icefields?

Jasper National Park is jaw droppingly wild and beautiful. More rugged than its utterly beautiful southerly sister Banff, it is immense in every sense. With unique wildlife, vast icefields and desolate expanses you can quickly find yourself a long way from civilisation. Cruise along the Maligne Lake, admire the alpine meadows and Mount Edith Cavell glacier, a carpet of colourful wildflowers in spring. Follow hiking trails on Mount Whistler or even slip into the warm embrace of the waters at historic Miette Hot springs.

Days 21 - 22: Rocky Mountain House, Canada

Distance: 412km (256miles)

Rocky Mountain House dates back to the 18th century when explorers and trappers were in search of the elusive passage west to the Pacific. It’s been a convenient resting place for travellers ever since.

Day 23: Kananaskis, Canada

Distance: 213km (133miles)

Head south along the iconic Highway 22, often known as the Cowboy Trail. Studded with ranches, rodeos and wranglers, the road runs through attractive agricultural country in the shadow of the Rockies.

Days 24 - 25: Calgary

Return to the depot to hand back your motorhome. Then it’s time to transfer back to the airport before heading for home with a suitcase full of memories to last a lifetime.

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Price per person is based on two people sharing, prices for solo travellers are available on request.

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