6 days in Seattle and Banff. Any suggestions?

Old Dec 27th, 2017, 02:27 PM
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6 days in Seattle and Banff. Any suggestions?

We are planning to visit Seattle in June or July but I also want to visit Alberta Canada. We are looking for suggestions of what to do in Seattle, things to see and transportation. Also what is the best way to get from Seattle to Alberta Canada? Are there things we need to see in between? Is there a train?
In Alberta Canada what should we see and where should we stay? And again what’s the best transportation there to be able to see and do everything we want to do?
We are going the last week of June 1 week of July. Going to Seattle until 30th June then to Banff. We like activity and beautiful sites. I love taking pictures We are not avid hikers but don’t mind a little bit. We just want to see and experience as much as we can. We are in our 50s and probably won’t get this opportunity again
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Old Dec 27th, 2017, 02:42 PM
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Seattle is such a beautiful city but combining it with Alberta is a lot to cover in two weeks. better to combine Alberta with Vancouver, BC. Or Seattle to Vancouver by train. Spend some time in beautiful Vancouver. Take the beautiful scenic train ride from Vancouver to Alberta and the Canadian Rockies, Jasper and Banff. Fly home from Calgary.
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Old Dec 28th, 2017, 03:51 PM
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6 days is too short for the trip as you describe it.
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Old Dec 29th, 2017, 10:05 PM
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Consider this:
Seattle to Victoria BC, to Vancouver BC
often referred to as the Golden Triangle
Seattle tomVictoria by boat, Victoria ( great example of Canadian city) then on to Vancouver by ferry( beautiful trip)
There is a train from Vancouver to Seattle..
Logically flying into and out of Seattle...make a lot of sense..
Also lodging at airport (Seatac)is much cheaper than downtown..
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Old Dec 30th, 2017, 02:10 PM
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Turns out (from the other threads) there's TWO weeks total. One week for Seattle & one week for Banff.
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Old Dec 30th, 2017, 10:25 PM
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You can definitely see Seattle and Banff if you have close to a week for Banff. Your best bet is to fly from Seattle to Calgary (1 hr 45 min). The car rental is right across the street from Baggage Claim at the Calgary airport, and then the drive to Banff area is a bit over an hour - very nice freeway driving. There is so much to see and do! You will definitely need a car to enjoy the area. We had a decent room at Banff Park Lodge in Banff and used nearby picnic tables for take-out meals. We also had a cabin near Lake Louise and also one in Jasper, but you could easily stay in one place. Canmore might have less expensive rooms, but it was a crowded area when we visited.

Check out a guidebook to plan your visit. Modest walks are aplenty. Moraine Lake and Lake Louise are truly lovely with flat trails around the lakes if you prefer to avoid mountain hiking. Canoes are also available for rent. In Banff you can take the gondola up to the top of Sulpher Mountain for some spectacular views. It's a grand area and I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
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Old Dec 31st, 2017, 04:40 AM
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There are scenic trains from Vancouver to Jasper and IIRC a luxury route through southern BC to Banff. Tomfuller the train guy should leap on this.

I agree that a trip to Banff is going to involve renting a car and driving to Jasper, whether you fly from Seattle or not. Maybe fly into Calgary and out of Edmonton. The drive is dead easy, parkway rather than clinging to the side of cliffs, and there is just about enough to see in Banff and Jasper for a couple of days each with another day for the drive and sights in between.

Calgary is farther than I expected from Banff; Edmonton may be farther from Edmonton than I think.
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Old Dec 31st, 2017, 01:57 PM
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Sounds wonderful! Can’t wait
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There’s a pub in Banff called St. James that serves a to-die-for soup — Guinness, cheddar, crab and artichoke. My mouth is watering thinking about it. I wish I could have gotten them to share the recipe but they wouldn’t.
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If you are driving in Banff, this can be a very pleasant and instructive guide. (now an ap; when we did the trip, it wasa Garmen-type plug in module for our car)

https://gypsyguide.com/tour/canadian-rockies/
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Spammer posting on a lot of threads.
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starrs, who is a spammer? rncheryl certainly is not.
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There was a spammer who posted on dozens of threads. The spammer is now gone, along with all of the posts.
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Thanks - starrs post didn't make sense to me, but now it does.
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They were removed without the usual note left behind, so it is confusing.
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I agree the lack of a note about the deletion does make it confusing. I'm wondering if this has to do with the move to the new format.
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I don't know but that spammer was ALL over the place. So I'm guessing a number of threads are not making sense now!
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