My wife and I are resigned to the fact that our vacations this year will be local and so we've booked a week to go to Banff and Jasper, Alberta. Banff is a 75 minute drive from my house and we usually make the trip twice a year. We visit Jasper much less often but love the drive between Lake Louise and Jasper which in my opinion, is one of the 3 most spectacular drives in the world.
Honestly, I 'm pretty familiar with my home province and the things to see, but I thought it might be fun to get an outsider's opinion on the must-see sites, places to stay, eat, etc. that I take for granted.
- We'll be driving to Banff on Monday June 14th and driving home from Jasper on June 20th.
- Budget for hotel is up to $350/night (sadly in the summer around here that's only slightly above average). And we're not campers, so it will be hotels.
- Food is an open budget. I'm perfectly happy with a pub and my wife is perfectly happy spending $100 per person at a fancy place.
- We're not into all-day hikes but have no problem hitting the trails for a 2-3 hour walk.
- Love history-one result of my European travels is that its gotten me more interested in local history; something else that I've always taken for granted.
Pretend that I'm not a local. I'd love to hear your suggestions based on your experiences in the region and what you loved?