National Parks Tour

15 Days / 14 Nights

2936 Miles / 4725 KM

Highlights of National Parks Tour

Below you can see some of the beautiful scenes and places to visit along the National Parks Tour. Some of the highlights include Waterton National Park, Logan's Pass, the "Road to the Sun" and Flathead Lake.

  • Waterton Lake National Park

Description

The National Parks Tour is a route that visits six National Parks in Canada and the Northwestern USA. We will cover 2900 miles of scenic beauty and breathtaking sites of some of North America's stunning Parks. This trip has some similarities to the Rocky Mountain Adventure in that we depart from Calgary, AB and head to the USA but this trip has its own unique winds and twists as we loop thru Waterton, brush by Glacier, and ride the Beartooth Pass at nearly 12,000 feet above sea level. This pass is a bikers' paradise. We then continue along the outskirts of Yellowstone and down to Jackson, WY which doubles as a famous ski resort in the winter months, and is home to Grand Tetom National Park. This picturesque tourist town has many sites and sounds to share. We then head back north through the west half of Yellowstone, and do a complete tour of Glaciers' "Road to the Sun". The trip wouldn't be complete without a pass through the Kootenay Lake area followed by visiting Canada's most famous Jasper/Banff National Park. This trip is full of moments that will leave you speechless as you view the beauty it has to offer.

DAY 1 — Calgary AB — 0 miles / 0 km

Day 1 is your arrival day in beautiful Calgary, Alberta, Canada (Airport YYC). Calgary is known for the longest running outdoor rodeo the Stampede. Participants travel from all over the world to participate with large prize money divided amongst winners. This is where it gets its slang handle 'Cow Town'. Don't let that fool you, 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 then introduce ourselves and do an orientation for the upcoming trip.

Day 2 — Calgary AB to Dupuyer MT — 309 miles / 497 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 2 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 3 — Dupuyer MT to Gardiner MT — 367 miles / 590 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 4 — Gardiner MT to Cody WY — 235 miles / 378 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 5 — Cody WY — 0 miles / 0 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 to Jackson WY — 240 miles / 386 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 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.

Stay tuned, there are 3 more parks remaining.

Day 7 — Jackson WY to Butte MT — 248 miles / 399 km

Starting the day travelling over the Teton Pass might make you 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.

Another great day of riding.

Day 8 — Butte MT to Kalispell MT — 256 miles / 412 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 Bike Tours.

Day 9 — Tour of Glacier National Park — 206 miles / 331 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 gotta do it!

Day 10 — Kalispell MT to Kaslo BC — 294 miles / 473 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 11 — Kaslo BC — 0 miles / 0 km

After breakfast we take a short drive south to take in the Ainsworth Hot Springs for the day. A nice relaxing day in the mineral waters where water enters the caves from the roof and creates a soothing natural steam bath. It features a 150 ft. horseshoe cave, a large lounging pool and a streamed-fed cold plunge. A great refreshing experience after 10 days on the road.

Day 12 — Kaslo BC to Kamloops BC — 250 miles / 402 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 — Kamloops BC to Jasper AB — 275 miles / 442 km

Nearing the end of the tour some of the best is still yet to come. Sit back, relax and let the fresh BC air fill your lungs. We stop for a visit at Canada's highest peak, Mount Robson. Let's hope it is clearly visible as it is one of the most photographed features along this route. Our day ends staying the night in Jasper at some remarkable chalets along the Athabasca River. There will be time to head downtown to pick up some sought after souvenirs in one of Alberta's most visited tourist towns.

Day 14 — Jasper AB to Calgary AB — 256 miles / 412 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 15 day adventure.

Day 15 — Calgary AB — 0 miles / 0 km

Departure day and a safe trip home with a lifetime worth of stories to tell. A shuttle to the airport to send you on your way.



Next Tour: July 7th to July 21st, 2018

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