To ensure you’re properly fueled for the adventure, stop at West Glacier Restaurant at the west end of Going-to-the-Sun Road for comfort food, or admire the view while noshing on a burger at Two Dog Flats Grill near the eastern end of the route.
Getting to Banff National Park
It’s about a 245-mile drive from Glacier National Park to Banff National Park, by way of U.S. Highway 89, Alberta Highway 2 and the Trans-Canada Highway. The U.S.-Canadian border is near the town of Carway and has limited hours for crossing (typically 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.). While this is one of the lesser-trafficked border crossings, there can be delays, especially during the summer. To check wait times before you head north, download the Canadian Border Patrol’s Border Wait Times app from Google Play or iTunes.
What to See and Do in Banff
Hiking is one of the most common activities in Banff, with countless trails throughout the 2,500-square-mile park. Two of the most popular points of interest in Banff are Plain of Six Glaciers Trail, which features a teahouse where you can rest before the hike back, and Banff Legacy Trail, which offers several covered picnic spots and is ideal for cyclists and people who don’t love high elevation gains.
The mountains in Banff are dotted with alpine lakes, including Moraine Lake and Lake Louise, which are great for canoeing or kayaking and offer hourly rentals. Near the north end of Banff, escape the crowds and drive parallel to the Continental Divide on Icefields Parkway (Highway 93 North) past towering mountains and opaline lakes.