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

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

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Jasper National Park, Canada
— 2 nights
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Banff National Park, Canada
— 3 nights
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Glacier National Park, United States
— 2 nights
4
Yellowstone National Park, United States
— 3 nights
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Grand Teton National Park, United States
— 2 nights
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Salt Lake City, United States
— 1 night
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Zion National Park, United States
— 1 night
8
Lake Powell, United States
— 1 day
9
Grand Canyon National Park, United States
— 3 nights

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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.
On the 4th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Pyramid and Patricia Lakes, head off the coast to Spirit Island, stroll through Bald Hills, then stroll through Cavell Meadows Trail, then take in breathtaking views at Maligne Canyon, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Athabasca River. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Moab Lake, then admire all the interesting features of Highway 93A, then get engrossed in the history at Jasper-Yellowhead Museum & Archives, and finally stroll through Old Fort Point Loop Trail.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Jasper National Park trip planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Jasper National Park is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Philadelphia to Jasper National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Philadelphia in September, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Jasper National Park: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Jasper National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature
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Spirit Island ©
Spirit Island
Maligne Canyon ©
Maligne Canyon
Bald Hills ©
Bald Hills

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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.
Visiting Moraine Lake and Emerald Lake will get you outdoors. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and Cave and Basin National Historic Site. Go for a jaunt from Banff National Park to Yoho National Park to see Natural Bridge about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: hike along Plain of Six Glaciers, take a memorable drive along Bow Valley Parkway, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sentinel Pass, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Agnes.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Banff National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Jasper National Park to Banff National Park takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Jasper National Park in September, you will find days in Banff National Park are slightly colder (56°F), and nights are about the same (36°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Yoho National Park
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Plain of Six Glaciers ©
Plain of Six Glaciers
Moraine Lake ©
Moraine Lake
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise ©
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

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Glacier National Park, United States

Glacier National Park ©
The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
On the 9th (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier, then admire the verdant scenery at Logan Pass, and then take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls, then hike along Iceberg Lake Trail, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Avalanche Lake.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Glacier National Park online journey planner.

Drive from Banff National Park to Glacier National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Banff National Park in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Glacier National Park, with highs around 70°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 10:
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Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail

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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 Old Faithful and Upper Geyser Basin. Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Lone Star Geyser, admire the sheer force of Mystic Falls Trail, contemplate the geological forces at Monument Geyser Basin, and trek along North Rim Trail.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Yellowstone National Park takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. In September, Yellowstone National Park is a bit cooler than Glacier National Park - with highs of 60°F and lows of 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
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Lone Star Geyser ©
Lone Star Geyser
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

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Grand Teton National Park, United States

Grand Teton National Park ©
The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
On the 14th (Mon), cruise along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive, stroll through Jenny Lake Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Inspiration Point, then explore the stunning scenery at Cascade Canyon, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of the Transfiguration.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, go to the Grand Teton National Park day trip planning website.

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September, you will find days in Grand Teton National Park are somewhat warmer (68°F), and nights are about the same (38°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 15:
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Jenny Lake Trail ©
Jenny Lake Trail
Chapel of the Transfiguration ©
Chapel of the Transfiguration
Cascade Canyon ©
Cascade Canyon

1
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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.
On the 15th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Salt Lake Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Square, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Tabernacle, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Madeleine, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Big Cottonwood Canyon.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Salt Lake City trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Grand Teton National Park to Salt Lake City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, Salt Lake City is somewhat warmer than Grand Teton National Park - with highs of 81°F and lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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Temple Square ©
Temple Square
Salt Lake Temple ©
Salt Lake Temple
The Tabernacle ©
The Tabernacle

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Zion National Park, United States

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): cruise along Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway, take a memorable drive along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, then trek along Angel's Landing, and finally explore and take pictures at Zion Shuttle.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Zion National Park trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Salt Lake City to Zion National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Salt Lake City in September since evenings lows in Zion National Park dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Lake Powell.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 17:
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Zion Canyon Scenic Drive ©
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive
Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing
Zion Shuttle ©
Zion Shuttle

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Lake Powell, United States

Lake Powell
Lake Powell serves as the playground for the town of Page, drawing nearly three million visitors annually.
On the 17th (Thu), take in breathtaking views at Ticaboo Canyon and then hike along Rainbow Bridge Trail.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Lake Powell travel route planning website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Zion National Park to Lake Powell. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Zion National Park in September since evenings lows in Lake Powell dip to 63°F. On the 17th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Lake Powell

Parks · Outdoors · Nature
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Grand Canyon National Park, United States

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): trek along North Kaibab Trail, then trek along South Kaibab Trail, and then admire all the interesting features of Point Imperial Drive. On the next day, make a trip to Grand Canyon Village, then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lake Powell to Grand Canyon National Park takes 7 hours. Traveling from Lake Powell in September, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be colder, around 43°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 20:
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
North Kaibab Trail ©
North Kaibab Trail

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