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The best ways to see The Rocky Mountains
The Rocky Mountains, also known as The Rockies, are a major mountain range in western North America. Boasting over 3,000 miles of separate mountain ranges from British Columbia in the north, all the way down to New Mexico in the south, The Rockies are so extensive that they boast several (and incredibly beautiful) national parks. In this article we’ll be talking about the best of them all – The Canadian Rocky Mountains. Think sweeping mountain views (obviously), sparkling lakes, bears, waterfalls and incredible views upon incredible views. But what’s the best way to see The Rockies? Sure, you could just rock up (pardon the pun) and see where the wind takes you, or you could delve into some research and really make the most of your time there. But who has time to do that? That’s where we come in. From the flexibility of self-drive to scenic train journeys, we’ll be giving you the low-down on the best ways to see the breath-taking Rocky Mountains and by the end of this article, you’ll be well on your way to creating your dream Rocky Mountains holiday, we promise.
With an abundance of Canadian Rockies packages to choose from, why not choose the most flexible of them all? Yep, we’re talking about the holy self-drive. Opting for a self-drive Canadian Rockies package will give you the best of both worlds – you’ll have everything from your hotel, meals and experiences ready and waiting for you when you arrive but you’ll have the flexibility that comes with having your own car and you’ll be able to see what The Rocky Mountains has to offer from the comfort of your own space. So, with this in mind, we set out on a mission to create the ultimate self-drive itinerary to ensure you can see the best bits of The Rockies without the need for a tour operator or a strict schedule to follow. Introducing the Rocky Road Trip. This unforgettable 5-stop, 10-day Rocky Road Trip package will see you drive through the cosmo meets cowboy culture of Calgary through to the jaw-dropping sights of Banff and Jasper National parks and onto the picturesque Sun Peaks and skyscraper skyline of Vancouver.
Your first day will begin by exploring the cosmopolitan city of Calgary. Known for its abundance of chic restaurants, boutiques and bars, Calgary is more famously known as the gateway to the postcard perfect Banff and Jasper National Parks. After you pick up your car, you’ll be ready for the first leg of your incredible journey across The Rocky Mountains as you venture into Canada’s oldest national park and possibly one of the most beautiful places on earth: Banff National Park. It’s here that once you park your car, it’ll be all about the turquoise glacial lake that is Lake Louise, the picture-perfect town centre and the abundance of wildlife that can be found across the park. And the best thing about booking Canadian Rockies packages with us? All of your incredible experiences will be ready and waiting for you when you get there – did someone say scenic Gondola Ride up the mountain?! Next up, you’ll drive from Banff to Jasper National Park across the awe-inspiring Icefields Parkway, famous for its glass-like lakes, fairy-tale forests and thick pine pathways – yep, this is the Canadian self-drive package that seems to get better and better as it goes on.
When you’ve had your fill of turquoise lakes and mountains, it’ll be time to hop in the car again. We won’t blame you if you irrationally decide that you’re going to quit your job, set up camp and stay here forever, but of course we’ll encourage you to carry on because you’ve got the magnificent drive to Sun Peaks next on your itinerary and this one is definitely not to be missed. Sun Peaks is known for its snow-blanketed peaks in winter and its landscape of wildflower colour in the summer making it the ideal and most beautiful stopover before you head into the hustle and bustle of Vancouver. Oh and if that’s not enough for you, you can always opt to add a trip to quaint Victoria and skiing hub Whistler. You’re welcome.
Self-drive and train
If you don’t trust your navigation skills or simply want to leave the driving to someone else, another unforgettable way to see The Rockies is by train. The Rocky Mountaineer Train offers the unique opportunity to hop on a train at Jasper National Park and venture towards Vancouver with an overnight stop in mountainous Kamloops (or the reverse). If you’re looking for a relaxing and unique experience, this is one of the best Canadian Rockies packages to pick because you’ll discover unique and beautiful sights that are only accessible by rail.
While The Rocky Mountaineer Train is a must-do when exploring The Rockies, we simply couldn’t book you on to one of our packages without sending you to up-and-coming Calgary and picture perfect Banff so we simply added it on and created our Rocky Mountaineer Explorer itinerary. This itinerary will see you begin your journey in Calgary and as before, you’ll have the flexibility to drive yourself to Banff and onto Jasper where, this time, you’ll leave your car and hop onto the Rocky Mountaineer Train. From this point on, all you’ll have to do is sit back and enjoy the views.
As you depart from Jasper you’ll pass by a number of notable and breath-taking scenic points. First, you’ll pass by the magnificent Mount Robson, the tallest peak in the Canadian Rockies before passing by the enchanting Pyramid Falls which is a point only accessible by rail. When you begin the end of your first leg into Kamloops trust us, you’ll know about it – you’ll enter an enchanting desert-like landscape, different from anything else you’ve encountered in The Rockies so far before hopping off and staying in a cosy hotel overnight. After a comfortable night’s sleep and perhaps a couple of river walks in Kamloops, you’ll hop back on the train and complete your final leg of your journey into vibrant Vancouver. And the best part? You’ll enjoy the luxury of both breakfast, lunch and refreshments on board the train because seriously, how will you appreciate the views on an empty stomach?
So, whether you opt for a more flexible Rocky Road Trip or a more relaxed Rocky Mountaineer Explorer train experience, one thing’s for sure and that’s the gawking at the breath-taking scenery that’ll take place at every single leg of your journey through The Rockies. Trust us, it’s a truly unforgettable road trip.