Banff & Jasper is known for beautiful serene views, gorgeous turquoise lakes, glaciers, wildlife and waterfalls. We did a week trip of 6 nights and 7 day trip to both these places. The number of days totally depends on the type of activities you would want to explore at these places.
Travel by Air : You can fly to Calgary and Banff is approximately 1.5 hours from Calgary airport. However the price is anywhere between 350 $ to 400 $ if travelling from north west of US. You may be able to get a cheaper price if you book in advance but I could not find lesser than 300 $.
Travel by Car: For those living in the north west region, it takes around 9-10 hours of travel time to Banff. You might need to consider break time into your travel plan.
Travel Route from Seattle to Banff
Go via I-90 East (if needed take a break in Spokane)
At Exit 12, take US-95 North
Highway 95/Highway-3 (For radium hot springs)
From Radium hot springs, road name changes to HWY-93
HWY-1 East takes you to Banff
Travel Route from Jasper to Seattle
Park Entry Fees
There is an entry fee associated with the rocky mountain parks and you do not need to purchase a separate pass for every park. The fees will cover access to Banff, Kootenay, Yoho and Jasper National parks. It’s a flat entry fee on the number of days that you will be inside these parks. For a seven day trip, the entry fee is approximately
Where to Stay in Banff & Jasper ?
I would recommend to book your lodging at these places at least 3 months in advance. If you are visiting in summer, the reservations to many of the hotels get filled up pretty fast. Accommodations in the Banff region is slightly expensive. Canmore is ~ 1 hour from Banff and has plenty of lodging options that is economical when compared to Banff.