A Glacier and Banff Road Trip

Summer of 2016, we took our second big road trip. We flew to Calgary, rented a brand new car, and headed back into the States to visit Glacier National Park in Montana. After five nights in Glacier, we headed back up to meet my brother and sister-in-law in Canmore, right outside of Banff for another four nights. If our 2015 road trip through Colorado and Utah wasn't enough to get us hooked on travel, this was. 

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Banff and Glacier are both popular summer vacation destinations. This trip allowed us to see both regions for the first time. Our planned trip involved only about 11 1/2 hours of driving, showing just how easy it is to connect these two stunning locations into one road trip. 


Truthfully, you could spend a month in each area and never grow tired of the sights or bored of the opportunities for hiking and exploring. So know that most trips out here will barely scratch the surface. For us, we learned that Glacier National Park is our favorite and that we should have planned to spend more time in Jasper National Park north of Banff. There were loads of amazing places we barely got to see and even more we completely missed. 

Still, we had an amazing time. We saw mountain goats, glaciers, wildflowers, brown bears, moose, colorful river rocks, sunsets, sunrises, alpine lakes, waterfalls, canyons, beavers, and a fox. Follow along over the next week as I share photos and tips from our trip. When all is said and done, I'll do a wrap-up post listing everything we did in one place.