16 Day Canadian Rockies
Today is our get-acquainted day. We meet our fellow travelers and are greeted by our escort and driver as we begin our journey through the Bluegrass State of Kentucky. After lunch we will be crossing the Ohio River into Cincinnati, the Queen City of the West, as we continue throughIndianapolis to our final destination for the night in Champaign, Illinois.
We enter the state of Wisconsin “America’s Dairyland”. We continue through the capital city of Madison enroute to an area of deep gorges along the Wisconsin River known as the Wisconsin Dells. Here we will take a boat tour of the Upper Dells with time for browsing through this resort town. Overnight in the Wisconsin Dells area. In the evening we enjoy a home cooked dinner, hayride and show with the Dickinson Family on their farm.
This morning our journey takes us across the “Bread and Butter” state of Minnesota and into the state of North Dakota where accommodations await us for the night in Fargo. Fargo was named after George Fargo of the Wells Fargo Express.
Our destination for tonight is Winnipeg, the capital of the Prairie Province of Manitoba. We will have an early afternoon arrival in Winnipeg with time for a brief tour and shopping in the downtown area. Colorful eatingplaces, hotels, entertainment spots and fine Canadian department stores arescattered throughout the city.
After a good night’s rest, we will continue to Regina, the capital of Saskatchewan. Here you can imagine the buffalo that once roamed freely. This is also the area where the mounted police brought peace to the west. Regina, “Home of the Mounties”, is our destination for tonight. We will visit the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Museum.
We continue today through Saskatchewan to Saskatoon crossing the Saskatchewan River before entering Alberta at Lloydminster. Our destination for the night is Edmonton, the provincial capital of Alberta, sits on the North Saskatchewan River.
Today we enter the magnificent Canadian Rockies as we continue westthrough Alberta along Trans-Canada Highway 16 which becomes the Yellowhead Highway through Edson and Hinton. We enter Jasper National Park, the largest park in Canada’s Rocky Mountains. We will visit Mount Robson the most prominent mountain in North America’s Rocky Mountain range; it is also the highest point in the Canadian Rockies. The south face of Mount Robson is clearly visible from the Yellowhead Highway 16, and is commonly photographed along this route. Accommodations await us for the night in town of Jasper, nestled in the midst of Jasper National Park.
Jasper National Park is ours to enjoy today. This park is a vast region of majestic peaks, deep canyons, beautiful lakes and thick forests. We will also see the Columbia Ice fields, which consist of Ice-Age glaciers which cover nearly 100 square miles. Our spirits will soar to an exciting snowmobile ride over Athabasca Glacier in the Ice fields. We continue along the Ice fields Parkway to Banff / Lake Louise, Alberta area, where accommodations await us for two nights.
We will spend the day sightseeing in Banff National Park, the oldest park in Canada’s Rocky Mountains and one of North America’s largest natural areas of awe-inspiring scenic splendor in the Canadian Rock- ies. A buffet lunch is included at Banff Springs Hotel. After lunch and time for exploring the hotel and area, we continue to Moraine Lake and the Valley of Ten Peaks and world-famous Lake Louise—a breathtaking experience. This sky-blue lake formed by the melting Victoria Glacier is one of the most photographed sights in Canada. We return to Banff for our last night.
The state of Montana awaits us today as we re-enter the United States, traveling to Kalispell, Montana, near the West entrance of Glacier National Park for a two night stay.
The spectacular Going-To-The-Sun-Road, widely acclaimed as one of the outstanding scenic roadways of the world, connects the east and west sections of Glacier National Park, crossing the Continental Divide through Logan Pass at an altitude of 6,664 feet. After lunch included, we board one of the Park’s vehicles for the “Going to the Sun Road” tour which is approximately 50 miles starting at East Glacier Park Lodge and running through some of Glacier Park’s loveliest sections ending at Lake McDonald Lodge. Our motorcoach will meet us at Lake McDonald Lodge for our return trip to Kalispell.
We bid farewell to the beauty of Glacier National Park as we continue through the Montana Plains to Billings, Montana. Here accommodations await us for the night where the rimrocks rise 400 feet above the Yellowstone Valley northeast of the city.
We depart Billings this morning traveling south across the Big Horn Mountain Range into South Dakota bypassing Rapid City; making a quick stop at Wall Drug Store before continuing to Murdo, South Dakota for overnight.
This morning we depart Murdo traveling through Mitchell, making a photo stop at the Corn Palace before continuing into Iowa through Sioux Falls and Sioux City, and arriving at Coralville, Iowa for our next overnight.
Our journey continues today across Iowa into the Quad Cities of Iowa and Illinois that rest on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi River—Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa and Moline/East Moline and Rock Island, Illinois. We make a stop at Moline to visit the John Deere Pavilion, an impressive showcase of vintage and modern-day farm equipment. Lunch included at the Machine Shed Restaurant in Walcott, Iowa. We continue to Champaign, Illinois for our last night.
We are homeward bound today with many fascinating experiences to share with family and friends. You get the best when you travel with Knoxville Tours.