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Sample itineraries
In Canada and the U.S.

Sample winter itinerary

  • Orlando
  • Washington, D.C.
    (by airline from Orlando to Washington/Baltimore or Dulles airports or by overnight train)
  • New York
    (via Amtrak train)
  • Phoenix and Scottsdale
    (via JetBlue or another budget airline from JFK Airport. Then, rent a car at Phoenix airport to access following places. If you do not wish to drive, all these are reachable via Greyhound or Open Road coaches. There are cheap flights on Southwest from Phoenix or Tucson to Vegas.)
  • Las Vegas
    (see Route 66 pages for directions to Grand Canyon, etc.)
  • Grand Canyon
    (South Rim)
  • Sedona
  • Tucson
  • Phoenix and Scottsdale
  • Los Angeles and Orange County
    (via budget flight on Southwest Airlines, etc.), overnight Amtrak train, or Greyhound coach)

Sample summer itinerary

  • Calgary
    (Immediate transfer by Brewster airporter coach to Banff or stay just one night in Calgary if arrive late in day)
  • Banff National Park
  • Jasper National Park
    (via Brewster bus or coach tour via Lake Louise)
  • Vancouver
    (via Greyhound Canada coach or Via Rail Canada train)
  • Seattle
    (via Amtrak (best) or Greyhound from Vancouver)
    (At Seattle, rent a car to drive the coastal route to San Francisco via the Oregon coast, Redwood Highway, and California State Highway One).
  • San Francisco
  • Las Vegas
    (Either continue by car from San Francisco to Las Vegas via Carmel, Big Sur, and the back road through Yosemite National Park, or fly nonstop from San Francisco/Oakland Airport to Las Vegas on Southwest or another airline.)
  • Zion, Bryce, and Grand Canyon (north rim) national parks (optional via rental car)
  • Grand Canyon (South Rim) and Flagstaff (via rental car or by coach from Las Vegas)
  • Flagstaff and Sedona
  • Santa Fe (Lamy Station) and Taos
    (via Amtrak; take a tour or rent a car once there, or continue to use the car you rented in Seattle)
  • Denver
    (via rental car or by TNM&O coach from Santa Fe. Either drive or take Gray Line of Denver tours to Rocky Mountain National Park, the Garden of the Gods, and Pikes Peak.)
  • New York City
    (via a budget airline such as JetBlue or Frontier from Denver)
  • Niagara Falls
    (via Amtrak train)
  • Toronto
    (via Amtrak train)

These are just examples.

Calgary, by the way, has nonstop regular and charter flights from Europe and direct connections from Asian and Australasian points.

Thus, starting or ending a trip in fabulously beautiful Banff National Park, less than two hours away, makes an ideal choice.

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