Rocky Mountain Parks Tour
18 Days / 17 Nights
2943 Miles/4709 KM
Highlights of Rocky Mountain Parks Tour
Some of the highlights on this tour include: Waterton National Park, Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Canadian Glacier National, Jasper National Park, Banff National Park, Yoho National Park, Okanogan Valley, Columbia Ice Fields, Lake Louise, Calgary Stampede, Beartooth Pass, Buffalo Bill Museum.
The Rocky Mountain Parks Tour is an 18 day tour that criss-crosses the Rocky Mountains many times, covers two provinces and two states. We visit an incredible 8 National parks on this route. It is a tour we like to call “all you can eat Rocky Mountains” All the bases are covered on this trip. There isn’t a day that goes by that our guests don’t ask what can you do to top that day. Each day is incredible! High Rocky Peaks, crystal clear glacier fed lakes, steaming geysers, and plenty of wildlife along with smooth roads with loads of twisties.
This tour will leave you with amazing views and memories to last a lifetime.
DAY 1 — Calgary AB — 0 miles / 0 km
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 Dupyer MT — 289 miles / 463 km
Leaving Calgary and heading south we pass through ranching country at its finest. Green grass, rolling hills, a Ranchers' Paradise. In the distance, the Rockies seem as thou they are watching you. Their beauty is magnificent even from a distance. Day 3 also brings us to the first National Park out of six which we will be visiting. Waterton National Park has its own identity as they all do, the tall mountain peaks and crystal clear lakes. This particular park also boasts its one and only hotel 'Prince of Wales'. What a gem as it sits on a high hill overlooking Waterton Lake. It has its own bit of history which our guide will explain. Our day then continues down HWY 89 and ends in a small town with an amazing hidden gem of its own.
Day 4 — Dupyer MT to Gardiner MT — 316 miles / 505 km
Continuing south on our way to Yellowstone National Park we travel along the stunning Missouri River, watching all the fisherman trying to catch their dinner using a fly rod while either floating or waist deep in the fast running current. The river and the rocky backdrop paint a gorgeous picture. A favorite windy road takes us to the state capital Helena MT. Continuing travelling southeast refreshes your mind in remembering this is how Montana got its claim as 'Big Sky Country'. Our day stops in eyes view of the North Gate of Yellowstone National Park.
Day 5 — Gardiner MT to Cody WY — 233 miles / 372 km
On this day we visit our second National Park, Yellowstone. It is the flagship of the National Park Service and a favorite to millions of visitors each year. It also boasts being the First National Park, 2,219,789 acres. Don't plan on just spending one day visiting. With its size one could spend a week trying to see all there is to see... It is truly a showpiece.
Words cannot explain, and then add the Beartooth Pass at just shy of 11,000 ft. and the scenic Chief Joseph Highway. You have had quite a day! That's all we're saying.
Day 6 — Cody WY
Our first non riding day. Lots to see and do in Cody WY. A old western town that takes you a step back in time. Visiting the Buffalo Bill Museum is a must but try not to spend all day there if you can. Follow that with Dinner at the Irma Hotel with its incredible mouth watering prime rib. A great town will coax you to make a return trip someday.
Day 7 — Cody WY to Jackson WY — 248 miles / 396 km
Our second day in Yellowstone is spent touring the lower half. Geysers, buffalo, rivers and streams were the order of the day. We can now stroke “Old Faithfull” this wonder of the world off our bucket list. It is a mere few miles south to our 3rd National Park of the tour, Grand Teton. Each park has its own characteristics as her mountain peaks reaching 13,775 ft. in the air and 310,000 acres in area it is host to 2.5 million visitors annually. It is a full day of unbelievable sites. How can one surpass a 240 mile day like that.
Day 8 — Jackson WY to Butte MT — 261 miles / 418 km
wish you had brought your to go cup of coffee along. At 8,431 ft., the early morning air is fresh and the road is a great ride. The small towns along the way carry a lot of history with evidence of mining equipment everywhere you look. The locals will help you out with no hesitation when asked where the best breakfast is served. As we head back north we stop at a waterfalls that drops 10 stories creating its own rainbow.
The sound and the mist in the air are a special effect worth experiencing.
Day 9 — Butte MT to Kalispell MT — 225 miles / 360 km
Big sweeping curves that every biker looks for is what we encounter today. Lots of lakeshore driving and a delicious dinner on a dock on Flathead Lake. Gazing out across the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi sets a great atmosphere for dinner with guests discussing the tour and sharing other biker adventures together.
Just another day enjoyed by RidinwithStyle Motorcycle Tours.
Day 10 — Glacier National Park — 200 miles / 320 km
Today we visit our 4th National Park, Glacier is one of RidinwithStyle favorite rides. 'Road to the Sun' highway will wow you indeed. Leaving Kalispell we make the 206 mile loop. The Looking Glass highway is included in the loop making for an amazing day. A highlight day for the National Parks Tour. You won’t be able to wait until you can return and ride it the other direction it’s so good!
Day 11 — Kalispell MT to Kaslo BC — 291 miles / 465 km
Heading north back into Canada, we travel along some crystal clear lakes and ride the longest free ferry in the world across Kootenay Lake. The scenery is breathtaking and views are gorgeous. We settle in a small town with an amazing hotel which was built in 1896 overlooking Kootenay Lake. The dinner on the deck overlooking the lake sets a beautiful evening atmosphere.
Day 12 — Kaslo BC to Kelowna BC — 208 miles / 332 km
Today we do more of the same, breakfast on a deck overlooking a beautiful lake at a historic hotel designated to be the oldest operating hotel in British Columbia. The Leland Hotel overlooks the Arrow Lake and many mountain ranges including the famous Saddleback Mountain. We then cross a pass in the Monashee Mountains then descend into the northern tip of the Okanogan Valley before ending our day in Kamloops, many orchards can be seen crossing the valley.
Day 13 — Kelowna BC
Rest day in the Okanogan Valley. Justice would not be served not to spend some time here to relax and enjoy the sights and the sounds of the Valley. We will be taking a wine tour visiting some unique wineries all with their own story to tell. Great tasting wine also, I might add. Finishing off the day with a walk along the downtown marina with an excellent atmosphere.
Day 14 — Kelowna BC to Golden BC — 214 miles / 342 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 - they are at home in Canada’s Glacier National Park which is also penetrated by Rogers Pass. A beautiful day in the Rocky Mountains.
Day 15 — 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 16 — 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 17 — Jasper AB to Calgary AB — 266 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 18 — Calgary AB — 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!