Rocky Mountain Adventure
14 Days / 13 Nights
2450 miles / 3942 km
Highlights of Rocky Mountain Adventure
Highlights include Waterton National Park, Glacier National Park, Canadian Glacier National, Jasper National Park, Banff National Park, Revelstoke National Park, Yoho National Park, Okanogan Valley, Athabasca Falls, Columbia Ice Fields, Lake Louise, Calgary Stampede, Water Rafting experience, Jasper Skytram.
The Rocky Mountain adventure tour is a 14 day trip that criss-crosses the Rocky Mountains several times, covers 2 provinces and 2 states and includes some amazing excursions like River Rafting, Okanogan Wine tours and the Jasper Sky Tram . From the foothills to the highest peaks, the Rockies offer unimaginable scenery and breathtaking beauty. Sit back, squeeze the throttle and breathe the fresh mountain air. We start our 2450 mile journey leaving Calgary AB travelling south across the border into the USA, crossing two national parks and the “Road to the Sun”. Through the west half of Montana and across into Idaho where we then encounter the Lolo pass - another highlight of the trip. The route then turns North through the amazing Coeur D'Alene area with lakes and crystal clear waters. We return back to Canada via the province of British Columbia. The Kootenay lakes and the Okanagan are only of a few of the major scenic attractions BC has to offer. After a rest day in the Okanagan taking an interesting wine tour we point the bikes north and head to Alberta to visit the well-known Jasper/Banff areas. The Columbia Ice fields and the Glacier Parks Hwy will leave you speechless. Then back to our starting point "Cow Town". An amazing 14 days!
DAY 1 — Calgary AB — Arrival
Day 1 is your arrival day in beautiful Calgary, Alberta, Canada (Airport YYC). Calgary has a perfect combination of western cowboy country trails to a modern culture that boasts a high occupancy of the provinces' large corporate head offices that make the downtown core their home. With lots to do and offer Calgary is a stone's throw away from the Rocky Mountains, where our tour winds through for a full motorcycle adventure. Upon arrival you will hop on the hotel shuttle and have the day to enjoy all there is to do in the city, or just relax in the hotel pool until the group meets in the hotel ballroom, to enjoy a welcoming meal compliments of Ridinwithstyle. We will introduce ourselves and do an orientation for the upcoming trip.
Day 2 — Calgary Stampede
You are in for a treat today as we will be going to experience the “Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth” the Calgary Stampede. This spectacle is the longest running outdoor rodeo in the world. Participants travel from all over the world to participate with over 2 million dollars in money divided amongst winners. The afternoon performance is an amazing display of cowboy talent followed by the Chuck wagon Races which are full of excitement and will leave you with a western experience and lasting memory.
Day 3 — Calgary AB to Waterton National Park — 155 miles / 248 km
Day three begins with breakfast then a shuttle to the HD dealership to pick up the bikes and get all the paperwork out of the way. Once we're fitted and ready to go, it's head south on Hwy 22x. This highway runs parallel with the Rockies and boasts a beautiful view while travelling up and down over the foothills just teasing us is the Rocky Mountain range to our right. Our first stop is to grab some fresh made famous jerky from Longview AB. As we travel south we soon see the large wind farms standing in the horizon. They are a major characteristic in this rural area. As we travel along you might want to check the batteries in your camera as we will be traveling into one of the most scenic stretches - Waterton National Park. Tucked into SW corner of the province of Alberta it is a breath taking part of Western Canada. We will call it home for day 3.
Day 4 — Waterton National Park to Kalispell MT — 129 miles / 206 km
As we leave this morning we are about to enter on of the most sought after trails in all of North America. After crossing into the USA we hit the "Road to the Sun" which crosses the continental divide at 7000 ft through the Logan's Pass. It take crews 2 months to clear the 8' to 10' high snow banks which line the road. The route travels through Glacier National Park and will leave you wondering how can we top that on the remainder of the trip. Guess you will have to come along to see for yourself.
Day 5 — Kalispell MT to Missoula MT — 117 miles / 187 km
We awake this morning to take on our first excursion of the trip with a Rafting Adventure. These highly experienced guides will narrate an awesome drift down the wild and scenic river that flows thru Glacier National Park. The experience is top notch. After drying off and changing into our riding gear we make a beautiful evening ride to Missoula MT.
Day 6 — Missoula MT to Harrison ID — 288 miles / 463 km
After we warm the bikes it's off again to another amazing pass in the state of Idaho. The Lolo pass route covers one of the most beautiful sections of the Lewis & Clark Trail as it winds again through the Rockies. Numerous steaming Hot Springs flowing down the slopes along the way. Wildlife is abundant with deer and mountain goats making their homes in the hills. With little traffic and a road sign that states "curves next 99 miles"... one of the best motorcycle roads in the country!!! 288 miles puts us in Harrison, ID. Stroke the Lolo Pass off your bucket list. You will have enjoyed the twisties today!
Day 7 — Harrison ID to Kaslo BC — 223 miles / 357 km
As we leave Harrison, we follow along the shoreline of the Coeur D'Alene Lake it would be hard to repeat the last 3 days but with many miles ahead the journey continues, and new roads are yet to come. The route today takes us off the beaten trail and makes a turn on Hwy 6 with stunning views around each corner. The ride along the shores of Coeur D'Alene Lake is remarkable to say the least. The area is surrounded by 55 lakes but none more scenic that Lake Coeur D'Alene. The route then leaves Coeur D'Alene northward to Sandpoint, ID home of the Idaho's largest Lake of Pend Oreille stretching 43 miles. Travelling north we cross back into Canada at Creston, BC and winding on the eastern side of the Kootenay Lake and a short Ferry ride before reaching our stay at the Kaslo Hotel. You will enjoy a stroll down the streets to visit the unique shops. Then relax on the outdoor patio overlooking Arrow Lakes. The atmosphere simply incredible and so is the food.
Day 8 — Kaslo BC to Kelowna BC — 202 miles / 323 km
The ride today will be full of curves and great roads - no different than any other day. The route between Kaslo and Nakusp is likely the most unknown motorcycle highway in British Columbia to Motorcycle tourists. The smooth pavement and well-banked corners make a biker smile from ear to ear. Next we pull into Nakusp for brunch at the Leland Hotel which is the oldest operated Hotel in BC. The stunning view from the tree shaded patio overlooking Arrow Lake is amazing and the food equally as good. As we leave Nakusp, travelling south for a short ride then cross over Arrow lake on the Needles Ferry. We then find ourselves crossing another pass - the Monashee pass elevating at 3953 ft. Many twists and turns as we near Vernon and south to Kelowna, the beginning of the famous Okanagan Valley - home to orchards, wineries and fabulous lakes and beaches.
Day 9 — Kelowna BC
Non-riding day in the Okanagan Valley. With the route taking us through the Okanagan valley we just couldn't do it justice to pass through and not take time to relax and enjoy this wonder of the world. We will be taking a wine tour with a very well educated guide to many of the popular vineyards in the Valley. It will be a very relaxing day topped off by a walk downtown and a stop in the best draft brewery around to sample some local beer or some not so local.
Day 10 — Kelowna BC to Golden BC — 209 miles / 334 km
After a day of rest from riding, the smile crosses our face as we jump back on the bikes for Day 14. As we travel Hwy 97, we pass through Sicamous, the houseboat capital of Canada. The lake contains 341 km of shoreline. It’s many fingers make it a perfect lake for houseboating. As we head east, we come to Revelstoke, a city situated on the banks of the Columbia River just south of the Revelstoke Dam. A stop to visit Mount Revelstoke National Park offers a mountain experience for most every visitor. Heading east, the Selkirk Mountains are in perfect view.
Day 11 — Golden BC to Jasper AB — 192 miles / 307 km
We awake in the town of Golden, BC. It’s history is tied into the Canadian Pacific Railway and the logging industry. A town that’s economy still relies heavily on those two influences today. Our route today takes us north up the Columbia Icefields Parkway to Jasper. Lots to see and do along this path.
Day 12 — Jasper AB
Jasper – an alpine town in the province of Alberta, is the commercial center of Jasper National Park. It boosts many snow-capped mountains and glacier fed lakes. Our excursions today include the Jasper Skytram, a trip out to Maligne Lake and some time to browse for some souvenirs in the many shops Jasper has to offer.
Day 13 — Jasper AB to Calgary AB — 226 miles / 426 km
This is it, the last day of riding will be another scenic overdose. South down Highway 93 towards Calgary stopping in Banff, at the Columbia glacier and so much more. Highway 93, also known as the 'Ice fields Parkway' was identified by travellers magazine as one of the 20 most 'drives of a lifetime', with its jaw dropping scenery as it parallels the continental divide, traversing the rugged landscape of the Canadian Rockies. You couldn't ask for a more perfect roadway to end an awesome 18 day adventure.
Day 14 — Calgary — Departure
Departure day and a safe trip home. A shuttle to the airport to send you on your way.
Thanks for sharing this adventure with Ridinwithstyle Motorcycle Tours. Come back and see us again - ya hear!