Originally Posted by sunmoon9x6
We plan to travel to Canada Rocky Mountain area from Seattle WA. Please advise what is the best route we should go.
Thank you in advance!
We started a British Columbia thread and got some good advice.
The routes are a bit difficult to make a loop to and from Seattle, but 99 out of Vancouver and a jump to Kamloops before heading North to Jasper and then down to Banff is a nice trip.
We thought we would stay North in going to Jasper and were warned off as it is supposed to be a more industrial area.
We reversed the direction of that trip and came up through Washington from the Grand Coulee Dam area. The trip from Jasper down to Kamloops was much more scenic than we expected. We skipped the 99 section which may have been a mistake.
The speed limits are lower in Canada, so be prepared to slow a bit. Folks do speed, so watch your mirrors. There are lots of grades so have your rig in good shape and take it easy on the down grades. Pullouts are not always available. Stop before you need to stop. Fuel is not scarce, but you have fewer choices. Fill before you need to fill.
The Canadian roads are generally in good shape. Better than in the lower 48 from our experience, at least in BC. Their construction transitions are generally more precise and smooth. It was a great drive. Only the heavy frost heave of the roads on the second half of the drive from Banff to Jasper was a hassle with respect to condition. Slowing down gave us a better view.
Note that prices are similar to your prices at home or maybe a bit higher. Fuel, except for diesel, is much more expensive.
Good luck with your trip and travel safe.