This road trip holiday to the Northwest takes in some of the most scenic parts of America and Canada as you travel through lush green National Parks, the rugged, majestic beauty of the Canadian Rockies, the vibrant cities of Seattle and Vancouver, the geological wonderland of Yellowstone, the historic Oregon trail to name just a few.
Your holiday will begin in Seattle, nicknamed the Emerald City situated at the foot of beautiful Mt Rainier. You’ll pick up your hire car at the airport and spend your first night in Seattle before getting on the road the next day for Vancouver. Your journey through Canada will take you along the path of the prospectors that went up the Fraser River Canyon to Kamloops and into the Canadian Rockies. Follow the famous Yellowhead Highway by Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, before reaching Jasper National Park. Visit the icefields of Banff National Park and take in the stunning views on offer in Glacier National Park.
You’ll then return back to the USA, through western Montana as you visit Yellowstone National Park which is certainly one for the bucket list and then onto the Grand Tetons, before driving into Idaho where Craters of the Moon, Twin Falls and Boise National Forest will provide the spectacular backdrop to your route. Returning to Washington State, a visit to Mt Rainier will be a real highlight of your trip before arriving back in Seattle.
Arrive in Seattle
Seattle - Vancouver
Vancouver - Fraser River Canyon - Kamloops
Kamloops - Jasper National Park
Jasper National Park - Banff
Banff - Calgary
Calgary - Waterton Lakes - Glacier National Park - Kalispell
Kalispell - Yellowstone
Yellowstone - Grand Teton - Jackson
Jackson - Craters of the Moon - Twin Falls
Twin Falls - Oregon Trial - Boise - Pendleton
Pendleton - Mt. Rainier - Yakima
Yakima - Seattle
Day 1 Arrive in Seattle
Arrive at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, pick up your car and proceed to your hotel. Discover some of the Emerald City's attractions tonight.
Day 2 Seattle - Vancouver
Drive north to Vancouver, Canada's spectacular western gateway. Discover this stunning picturesque city in the afternoon. We suggest riding the tramway to the summit of Grouse Mountain or perhaps renting a bike to tour Stanley Park.
Day 3 Vancouver
A full day at leisure in Vancouver, or we suggest a trip to the quaint provincial capital of Victoria on Vancouver Island and the famed Butchart Gardens. Return to Vancouver in the early evening.
Day 4 Vancouver - Fraser River Canyon - Kamloops
Today follow the path of the prospectors that went up the Fraser River Canyon on their way to the gold of the Cariboo region. In the afternoon, continue your journey through the interior of British Columbia along the Thompson River, named after the famous trapper and explorer David Thompson. Reach the rugged interior town of Kamloops by late afternoon.
Day 5 Kamloops - Jasper National Park
Continue north, where the beauty of Western Canada's wilderness is apparent in the region of the Monashee Mountains. Travel famous Yellowhead Highway by Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, before reaching Jasper National Park.
Day 6 Jasper National Park - Banff
The Icefields Parkway runs along the ridge of the Rockies. See the Columbia Icefield, the largest body of ice south of the Arctic Circle. Visit Lake Louise before arriving in Banff.
Day 7 Banff - Calgary
You will have time for a leisurely stroll in Banff before continuing through the Bow River Valley to Calgary. In the afternoon, we suggest a visit to the 1988 Winter Olympics sites.
Day 8 Calgary - Waterton Lakes - Glacier National Park - Kalispell
Drive south to beautiful Waterton Lakes National Park that shares the international boundary with Montana's Glacier National Park. This geological wonderland encompasses 1,600 square miles of Rocky Mountain peaks, offering spectacular vistas at every twist of the road. Drive the Going-to-the-Sun Road (weather permitting) before continuing to Kalispell.
Day 9 Kalispell - Yellowstone
Travel past Flathead Lake and cross the Continental Divide through the Big Sky country of western Montana, where the Blackfoot and bison co-existed for centuries before America's great westward expansion. Yellowstone, America's first National Park, is today's destination.
Day 10 Yellowstone - Grand Teton - Jackson
See the dramatic peaks of the Grand Teton mountains as you drive to the rustic town of Jackson.
Day 11 Jackson - Craters of the Moon - Twin Falls
Today drive west and visit the lunar landscape of Craters of the Moon National Monument, which boasts one of the nation's highest concentrations of volcanic features. Continue to the awe-inspiring cascade of Shoshone Falls, called the Niagara of the West, to Twin Falls, Idaho.
Day 12 Twin Falls - Oregon Trial - Boise - Pendleton
Drive through the vast Boise National Forest, where a segment of the historic Oregon Trail can be seen. Continue to Boise, The City of Trees, and Idaho's state capital. In Baker City, we suggest a visit to the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, which focuses on life along the Trail (admission not included). Continue to Pendleton, home of the yearly Pendleton Round-Up-Rodeo.
Day 13 Pendleton - Mt. Rainier - Yakima
Continue northwest to Yakima. This important agricultural region produces apples, cherries, pears, peaches, and apricots which are shipped to markets all around the world. Continue to Mt. Rainier National Park, an ice-clad extinct volcano towering above its surroundings. Overnight in nearby Yakima.
Day 14 Yakima - Seattle
This morning, continue to Seattle with Mt. Rainer an ever present spectacle. Arrive in the early afternoon with ample time for last minute shopping, experiencing 360-degree views from the Space Needle, or discovering the Explore Music Project Museum, a leading-edge, nonprofit museum, dedicated to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel contemporary popular culture.
Day 15 Seattle Departure
Return your hire car at the airport and board your flight home.