26 days in Canada & United States Itinerary

26 days in Canada & United States Itinerary

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26 days in Canada & United States Itinerary

Start: Waterloo, Canada
Drive:  17​h 30​min
1
Thunder Bay, Canada
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 30​min
2
Winnipeg, Canada
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h 30​min
3
Edmonton, Canada
— 2 nights
4
Jasper National Park, Canada
— 2 nights
5
Banff National Park, Canada
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
6
Kelowna, Canada
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + subway + foot + bus:  2​h
7
Whistler, Canada
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Vancouver, Canada
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
9
Victoria, Canada
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
10
Ucluelet, Canada
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 30​min
11
Seattle, United States
— 2 nights
Drive:  13​h 30​min
12
Yellowstone National Park, United States
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h 30​min
13
Keystone, United States
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​h
14
Chicago, United States
— 2 nights
Drive:  10​h
End: Waterloo, Canada


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Thunder Bay, Canada

Thunder Bay
A welcome breath of civilization for travelers crossing the vast Canadian landscape between the two oceans, Thunder Bay represents a transportation hub linking the country's sprawling agricultural interior with the rest of the world.
For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Thunder Bay travel route planner .

Waterloo to Thunder Bay is an approximately 6-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July in Thunder Bay, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 13°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Mon) before leaving for Winnipeg.

Things to do in Thunder Bay

Parks Outdoors Nature
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1
night
Winnipeg, Canada

Winnipeg
At the confluence of two rivers, Winnipeg started out as a small trading post in an area inhabited by indigenous tribes for thousands of years before the European arrival.
For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Winnipeg online holiday planner .

You can fly from Thunder Bay to Winnipeg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Thunder Bay to Winnipeg due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Winnipeg when traveling from Thunder Bay in July, with lows around 18°C. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Edmonton.

Things to do in Winnipeg

Outdoors Parks Fun & Games
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2
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Edmonton, Canada

Edmonton ©
Though it suffers from frigid temperatures for much of the year, Edmonton offers a range of tourist activities for all four seasons.
You've now added West Edmonton Mall to your itinerary.

Make your Edmonton itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by flight from Winnipeg to Edmonton takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Winnipeg in July, expect little chillier with lows of 15°C in Edmonton. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Jasper National Park.

Things to do in Edmonton

Shopping
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West Edmonton Mall ©
West Edmonton Mall

2
nights
Jasper National Park, Canada

Jasper National Park ©
The largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, sprawling Jasper National Park encompasses more than 10,000 sq km (4,200 sq mi) of largely unspoiled mountain wilderness.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Athabasca Falls, Candy Bears' Lair, Maligne Canyon, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Skyline Trail and then stop by Candy Bears' Lair. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Maligne Canyon.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Jasper National Park vacation planning site .

Drive from Edmonton to Jasper National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Edmonton in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Jasper National Park, with lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Jasper National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Skyline Trail ©
Skyline Trail
Athabasca Glacier ©
Athabasca Glacier
Maligne Canyon ©
Maligne Canyon

3
nights
Banff National Park, Canada

Banff National Park ©
Among the world's oldest national parks, Banff National Park serves as a World Heritage-listed mecca for cyclists, hikers, skiers, bird-watchers, mountain climbers, and anyone else with a passion for exploring vast untouched wildernesses.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Banff Trail Riders as well as Canmore Cave Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): take a pleasant ride with Banff Trail Riders, then explore the activities along Lake Louise, and then explore the activities along Emerald Lake.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Banff National Park trip planner .

Getting from Jasper National Park to Banff National Park by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Jasper National Park in July, you will find days in Banff National Park are a bit cooler (25°C), and nights are about the same (6°C). You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Kelowna.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Canmore Cave Tours, Emerald Lake
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 23:
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Lake Louise ©
Lake Louise
Canmore Cave Tours ©
Canmore Cave Tours
Emerald Lake ©
Emerald Lake

2
nights
Kelowna, Canada

Kelowna ©
At the heart of British Columbia's wine country, Kelowna is at once both urban and rural, featuring a modern downtown encircled by picturesque hills carpeted with vineyards and orchards.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mission Hill Family Estate Winery as well as Gyro Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kelowna trip website .

Getting from Banff National Park to Kelowna by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Banff National Park to Kelowna, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Whistler.

Things to do in Kelowna

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Mission Hill Family Estate Winery
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Gyro Beach ©
Gyro Beach
Mission Hill Family Estate Winery ©
Mission Hill Family Estate Winery

2
nights
Whistler, Canada

Whistler ©
Home to one of the largest ski areas in North America, former logging town of Whistler provides activities and entertainment for avid nature lovers and adrenaline seekers.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Peak 2 Peak Gondola as well as Whistler Sliding Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour or see a game at Whistler Sliding Centre and then get around town with Peak 2 Peak Gondola.

To find out how to plan a trip to Whistler, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Kelowna to Whistler by combination of flight and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in July, and nighttime lows around 14°C. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Vancouver.

Things to do in Whistler

Transportation Outdoors Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Peak 2 Peak Gondola ©
Peak 2 Peak Gondola
Whistler Sliding Centre ©
Whistler Sliding Centre

1
night
Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver ©
Known as "Hollywood North," Vancouver boasts one of the largest film/television industries in the world, second only to Los Angeles and New York.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Stanley Park as well as Vancouver Aquarium. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): observe the fascinating underwater world at Vancouver Aquarium, stroll around Stanley Park, then take in the dramatic natural features at Vancouver Seawall, then admire all the interesting features of Lighthouse Park, and finally make a trip to Granville Island.

To see photos and tourist information, read Vancouver trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Whistler to Vancouver in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Vancouver can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Victoria.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trip

Lighthouse Park
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Stanley Park ©
Stanley Park
Granville Island ©
Granville Island
Vancouver Seawall
Vancouver Seawall

1
night
Victoria, Canada

Victoria
Many urban centers call themselves "Garden City," but thanks to its many manicured parks filled with native and exotic plants, Victoria probably deserves than moniker more than most.
You've now added Craigdarroch Castle to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): take an unorthodox tour of Craigdarroch Castle.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Victoria itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Vancouver to Victoria takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Vancouver in July, expect nights in Victoria to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Mon) before leaving for Tofino.

Things to do in Victoria

Outdoors Tours Parks
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2
nights
Ucluelet, Canada

Ucluelet ©
A haven for surfers on Canada's west coast, the small town of Ucluelet offers rugged, rocky scenery to complement the powerful waves that crash against its shores.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Long Beach as well as Ocean Outfitters. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): visit a coastal fixture at Amphitrite Point Lighthouse. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Long Beach and then see majestic marine mammals with Ocean Outfitters.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Ucluelet journey maker website .

Getting from Victoria to Ucluelet by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Ucluelet can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 31st (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Seattle.

Things to do in Ucluelet

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Tofino
Find places to stay Jul 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Amphitrite Point Lighthouse ©
Amphitrite Point Lighthouse
Ocean Outfitters ©
Ocean Outfitters
Long Beach ©
Long Beach

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nights
Seattle, United States

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
You've added Space Needle, Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle Free Walking Tours, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 31st (Wed), don't miss a visit to Space Needle.

Planning Seattle trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Ucluelet to Seattle with the Route module. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Ucluelet in July; daily highs in Seattle reach 30°C and lows reach 18°C. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Fri) before leaving for Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 2:
Highlights from your plan
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle

2
nights
Yellowstone National Park, United States

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Old Faithful, Grand Prismatic Spring and Firehole Canyon Drive.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park travel route planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Seattle to Yellowstone National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Seattle to Yellowstone National Park. When traveling from Seattle in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Yellowstone National Park, with highs around 24°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Keystone.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Firehole Canyon Drive ©
Firehole Canyon Drive
Artist Point ©
Artist Point
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

2
nights
Keystone, United States

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Crazy Horse Memorial has been added to your itinerary.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Keystone trip builder tool .

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Keystone by combination of car and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Keystone: highs are around 29°C and lows about 12°C. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Chicago.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Crazy Horse Memorial
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Crazy Horse Memorial ©
Crazy Horse Memorial

2
nights
Chicago, United States

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Chicago Architecture Center, Chicago River Boat Architecture Tours, Crown Fountain, and other attractions.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Chicago trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Keystone to Chicago in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Keystone to Chicago, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Keystone in August: high temperatures in Chicago hover around 33°C and lows are around 22°C. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Albanese Candy Factory
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Shoreline Sightseeing ©
Shoreline Sightseeing

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