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Banff (CAN) and Glacier National Park (USA)
« on: April 03, 2017, 11:40:09 AM »
Sheri and I, along with another couple, are looking to take a week vacation to check out this area.  On a high level, we're thinking of flying into Calgary, spending a few days/nights around Banff (perhaps Lake Louise to avoid some crowds), and also spend some time around the CAN/USA border to see Glacier.


More specifically, we would be looking to do some hiking and paddling (flat water), drive Going to the Sun Road, and eat a good places.


Any thoughts on lodging, thinks not to miss, and places to eat?


Has anyone stayed at the Prince Of Wales Hotel? 


What time of year is best?


« Last Edit: April 03, 2017, 04:22:58 PM by R Doug »
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Re: Banff (CAN) and Glacier National Park (USA)
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2017, 12:30:35 PM »
Flying into Calgary - thus renting transport (assumption) - can you take a rental car across the border (for Going to the Sun road / Glacier National)?

Consider driving up to Jasper from Lake Louise (if you've not traveled the stretch).

Aside from questioning international car rental, no recommendation for places to eat/sleep, sorry.

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Re: Banff (CAN) and Glacier National Park (USA)
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2017, 12:40:17 PM »
If you don't stay at POW, at least dine there.  There view is amazing.  Rooms were good, worthwhile experience but it's not a 5 star resort.  Maybe akin to the North Rim Lodge or the one at Crater Lake. 

Recommend the Grizzly House in Banff.  & Johnston canyon is high on my list.  Also enjoyed the historic town in Calgary.  There are so many great hiking trails.  What made one of our favorites was stumbling into a herd of mountain goats, and your experience will differ.  Hard to  pick a bad one though.
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Re: Banff (CAN) and Glacier National Park (USA)
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2017, 04:25:00 PM »
Good feedback so far, thank you.

As for driving, we do plan to pick up a rental car in Canada.  Thanks for making me think of this detail, as it could be an issue I wasn't expecting. 

A quick internet search shows that as long as you have proper documentation, all is good to drive back and forth across the border.  But, you'll need to check with your rental company first to see if they allow it.
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Re: Banff (CAN) and Glacier National Park (USA)
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2017, 05:14:59 PM »
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