North by Northwest Fly Drive Holiday Itinerary
Arrive at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, pick up your car and proceed to your hotel. Discover some of the Emerald City’s attractions tonight.
Day 02: Driving Distance: 140 mi / 224 km
Seattle – Vancouver
Drive north to Vancouver, Canada’s spectacular western gateway. Discover this stunning picturesque city in the afternoon. We suggest riding the tramway to the summit of Grouse Mountain or perhaps rent a bike to tour Stanley Park.
A full day at leisure in Vancouver, or we suggest a trip to the quaint provincial capital of Victoria on Vancouver Island and the famed Butchart Gardens. Return to Vancouver in the early evening.
Day 04: Driving Distance: 268 mi / 429 km
Vancouver – Fraser River Canyon – Kamloops
Today follow the path of the prospectors that went up the Fraser River Canyon on their way to the gold of the Cariboo region. In the afternoon, continue your journey through the interior of British Columbia along the Thompson River, named after the famous trapper and explorer David Thompson. Reach the rugged interior town of Kamloops by late afternoon.
Day 05: Driving Distance: 280 mi / 447 km
Kamloops – Jasper National Park
Continue north, where the beauty of Western Canada’s wilderness is apparent in the region of the Monashee Mountains. Travel famous Yellowhead Highway by Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies before reaching Jasper National Park.
Day 06: Driving Distance: 180 mi / 290 km
Jasper National Park – Banff National Park
The Icefields Parkway runs along the ridge of the Rockies. See the Columbia Icefield, the largest body of ice south of the Arctic Circle. Visit Lake Louise before arriving in Banff.
Day 07: Driving Distance: 78 mi / 125 km
Banff National Park – Calgary
You will have time for a leisurely stroll in Banff before continuing through the Bow River Valley to Calgary. In the afternoon, we suggest a visit to the 1988 Winter Olympics sites.
Day 08: Driving Distance: 219 mi / 350 km
Calgary – Waterton Lakes National Park – Glacier National Park – Kalispell
Drive south to beautiful Waterton Lakes National Park that shares the international boundary with Montana’s Glacier National Park. This geological wonderland encompasses 1,600 square miles of Rocky Mountain peaks, offering spectacular vistas at every twist of the road. Drive the Going-to-the-Sun Road (weather permitting) before continuing to Kalispell.
Day 09: Driving Distance: 390 mi / 624 km
Kalispell – Yellowstone National Park
Travel past Flathead Lake and cross the Continental Divide through the Big Sky country of western Montana, where the Blackfoot and bison co-existed for centuries before America’s great westward expansion. Yellowstone, America’s first National Park, is today’s destination.
Day 10: Driving Distance: 120 mi / 200 km
Yellowstone National Park – Grand Teton National Park – Jackson
See the dramatic peaks of the Grand Teton mountains as you drive to the rustic town of Jackson.
Day 11: Driving Distance: 270 mi / 432 km
Jackson – Craters of the Moon – Twin Falls
Today drive west and visit the lunar landscape of Craters of the Moon National Monument, which boasts one of the nation’s highest concentrations of volcanic features. Continue to the awe-inspiring cascade of Shoshone Falls, called the Niagara of the West, to Twin Falls, Idaho.
Day 12: Driving Distance: 338 mi / 541 km
Twin Falls – Oregon Trail – Boise – Pendleton
Drive through the vast Boise National Forest, where a segment of the historic Oregon Trail can be seen. Continue to Boise, The City of Trees, and Idaho’s state capital. In Baker City, we suggest a visit to the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, which focuses on life along the Trail (admission not included). Continue to Pendleton, home of the yearly Pendleton Round-Up-Rodeo.
Day 13: Driving Distance: 226 mi / 362 km
Pendleton – Mt. Rainier National Park area – Yakima
Continue northwest to Yakima. This important agricultural region produces apples, cherries, pears, peaches, and apricots which are shipped to markets all around the world. Continue to Mt. Rainier National Park, an ice-clad extinct volcano towering above its surroundings. Overnight in nearby Yakima.
Day 14: Driving Distance: 135 mi / 216 km
Yakima – Seattle
This morning, continue to Seattle with Mt. Rainer an ever present spectacle. Arrive in the early afternoon with ample time for last minute shopping, experiencing 360-degree views from the Space Needle, or discovering the Explore Music Project Museum, a leading-edge, nonprofit museum, dedicated to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel contemporary popular culture.
Your tour concludes today. Return your car at the airport before your departure flight.