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A Pacific Coast Road Trip Planner

Intro­duc­tion

If you have dreamed of find­ing a way to save up enough vaca­tion time and mon­ey to final­ly explore the beau­ti­ful regions of the west­ern part of the Unit­ed States and Canada, one of the biggest frus­tra­tions is choos­ing where to vis­it. The Grand Canyon looks beau­ti­ful, but so do the Cas­cade Moun­tains in Wash­ing­ton. The prob­lem, of course, is that they´re sep­a­rat­ed by sev­er­al thou­sand miles.

Instead of choos­ing one des­ti­na­tion and fly­ing there and fly­ing back, it would be a much bet­ter use of your time to plan a trip to vis­it sev­er­al dif­fer­ent nation­al parks dur­ing a west coast road trip. While you might not be able to fit both the Grand Canyon and Glac­i­er Nation­al Park in Mon­tana into the same trip, it is entire­ly pos­si­ble to see sev­er­al eco­log­i­cal­ly and geo­graph­i­cal­ly dis­tinct regions dur­ing one trip.

There are dozens of dif­fer­ent routes that you could take, but our favorite and most rec­om­mend­ed trips is to dri­ve up the Paci­fic Coast from north­ern Cal­i­for­nia into west­ern Canada. Below we offer a sug­gest­ed itin­er­ary and some need­ed tips to make a road trip of the life­time.

How to Plan for Your Trip?

Obvi­ous­ly, you first need to see how much time you´ll be able to get off from work. There is huge dif­fer­ence in how far you´ll be able to trav­el and what you´ll be able to see if you only have a week of vaca­tion as com­pared to three weeks. While a longer time frame might be most desir­able, not every­one has the need­ed flex­i­bil­i­ty. Below we offer an itin­er­ary for a three week trip. How­ev­er, you eas­i­ly break the trip into sev­er­al small­er seg­ments if you feel that three weeks is out of your pos­si­bil­i­ty.

You´ll also need to con­sid­er your bud­get. If you plan on vis­it­ing sev­er­al nation­al parks, it´s prob­a­bly a good idea to get a Nation­al Park Pass (avail­able at every nation­al park). While this is a larg­er upfront invest­ment, it will save you mon­ey if you plan to be vis­it­ing sev­er­al parks. Also, bring qual­i­ty camp­ing gear if you plan on avoid­ing the hotels.

Overview of the Itin­er­ary

Week 1: Fly into San Fran­cis­co and spend three days explor­ing Yosemite Nation­al Park. From Yosemite dri­ve North to Red­wood Nation­al Park to enjoy some of the most pristine old growth forest in the Unit­ed States.

Week 2: Dri­ve from Red­wood Nation­al park to Crater Lake in Ore­gon and hike the rim trail around the U.S.´s most spec­tac­u­lar vol­canic lake. Then dri­ve up the beau­ti­ful Ore­gon Coast until you get to Mount Rainier Nation­al Park in Wash­ing­ton. If you´re up for the adven­ture, con­sid­er hik­ing the per­pet­u­al­ly snow­capped peak of Mount Rainier

Week 3: After a quick dri­ve up to the North Cas­cades in north­ern Wash­ing­ton, cross the bor­der into Canada and head west to vis­it Banff Nation­al Park and Jasper Nation­al Park where you´ll end your trip

Review of Some of the Places to Vis­it

This road trip will take you into some of the most beau­ti­ful, pristine areas of the North Amer­i­can Rocky Moun­tains. While it is obvi­ous­ly a long trip, the dis­tances between each stop­ping point are rea­son­ably spaced mean­ing that you´ll be spend­ing much more time out in Nature as opposed to stuck in a car.

Yosemite Nation­al Park and the Red­woods

The first stop on our route takes us into one of the U.S.´s old­est and most appre­ci­at­ed parks. The geog­ra­phy of Yosemite is sim­ply spec­tac­u­lar, and you can even enjoy adrenaline-racing moun­tain climb­ing trips up the sheer gran­ite cliffs of El Cap­i­tan and Half Dome. While we can’t cov­er all of the dif­fer­ent things to do in this mas­sive Nation­al Park.

The Red­wood forests of north­ern Cal­i­for­nia take you into a com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent ter­rain. Instead of the wide open panoram­ic vis­tas of Yosemite, you´ll find your­self enclosed in some of the thick­est old growth forests with mas­sive, thou­sand year old trees.

Cosmo Dream Yosemite National Park

Redwood National Park

Crater Lake and Mount Rainier

Crater Lake is a mas­sive for­ma­tion cre­at­ed by a mas­sive vol­canic erup­tion mil­lions of years ago. The hike around the rim trail of Crater Lake offers spec­tac­u­lar views of the lake from dif­fer­ent angles.

Mount Rainier offers one of the most reward­ing moun­tain hikes in the world. The per­pet­u­al­ly snow capped peak of Mount Rainier might require some tech­ni­cal gear to get you to the top safe­ly. Nonethe­less, the pristine forests and pure moun­tain lakes lead­ing up to the mas­sive peak are well worth the hike.

Crater Lake National Park Oct 05, 2014

Mount Rainier National Park

Banff and Jasper Nation­al Parks

Once you make your way into Canada, you def­i­nite­ly will want to check out two of the trea­sures of the Cana­di­an Rock­ies. Banff Nation­al Park and Jasper Nation­al Park both offer some of the most spec­tac­u­lar scenery of the North­ern Rock­ies. The moun­tain lakes of Banff Nation­al park are sim­i­lar in col­or to an island in the Caribbean.

At Jasper Nation­al Park, you can explore every­thing from the glac­i­ers of the Colom­bian ice­field to steam­ing hot springs. This UNESCO world her­itage site is also one of the best places for wildlife sit­ing as you should be able to eas­i­ly find every­thing from cari­bou to black bears to bighorn sheep.

Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park (Alberta, Canada)

Plan Your Trip Now

Even if you only have a few days of vaca­tion each year, instead of spend­ing that time being lazy or vis­it­ing the same state park you´ve been to 100 times already, find a cheap tick­et and explore any one of the­se fan­tas­tic nat­u­ral areas. If you would like to learn about more Wild Adven­tures, see our friends at www.LiveOnceLiveWild.com for more info.

This arti­cle sub­mit­ted by: Scott Moses ©2017

RELATED LINKS

RELATED LINKS

Pow Day at Marmot Basin

It has been awhile for Jasper to receive a dump of snow, it was only 14 CM, but well worth get­ting up ear­ly for fresh turns. Tem­per­a­ture was awe­some and this week­end is going to be more the same. 

Jerry on Party Slope
Jer­ry on Par­ty Slope

Get­ting a run in on the Knob. You had to get in a line up. Some loser was try­ing to butt in to the front of the line, and this line is full of locals, why be that guy? We are nice Cana­di­ans, but not on pow­der day!

Knob Chair line up
Knob Chair line up
Knob Chair
Knob Chair
Knob Chair
Knob Chair

Knob was def­i­nite­ly soft when you got your chance to descend, even soft when you bail in the snow. 

McCready's Choice
McCready’s Choice
Rider floating on pow
Rid­er float­ing on pow

So when you line up a shot at your sub­ject and some one pho­to bombs you, what do you do? On top of that, you find out they are pho­tog­ra­phers too, thanks, powderhounds.com guy!

sweet line
the sub­jects sweet line
Photo bombed
Pho­to bombed
powder hounds explorejasper.com
powderhounds.com explorejasper.com

All fun and smiles at #mar­mot­bas­in #pow­day.

Jack
Jack
Pow smile
Pow smile
Soft runs Jasper Ave
Soft runs Jasper Ave
Sandra  getting her first day
San­dra get­ting her first day

Look­ing for­ward to this week­end, is Eagles East going to open tomor­row?

Stay tuned.

Chili Cook Off Results

An event­ful evening at the Activ­i­ty Cen­tre with the local culi­nary skills and cos­tumes. Moun­tain Park Lodges has been host­ing this event for over twen­ty years and is it’s always a great event to take in Jasper in Jan­u­ary. This year did not dis­ap­point, Explore Jasper even entered the event with the raft­ing crew from Jasper Raft­ing Adven­tures.

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Fair­mont Jasper Park Lodge — Peo­ples Choice Award

The chili was made fresh at the venue and was out­vot­ed by one to the Fair­mont Jasper Park Lodge’ chili from the peo­ples choice award!

Jasper Tourism
Jasper Tourism — Tak­ing in Num­ber 1 by the judges
Earls In The Rockies
Earls In The Rockies- Tak­ing in Num­ber 2 by the judges
Explore Jasper
Explore Jasper- Tak­ing in Num­ber 3 by the judges
Coco's Cafe
Coco’s Cafe  — Cos­tume awards
Jasper Events Management
Jasper Events Man­age­ment — Cos­tume awards
AFCA
AFCA — Cos­tume awards

More of the­se pho­tos can be reached at: https://www.facebook.com/explorejasper FB

ACCOMMODATIONS

Jasper & Hin­ton

Library

Brief his­to­ry of the library

The Jasper Munic­i­pal Library occu­pies a build­ing, which was con­struct­ed in 1926 as the Jasper Sub/District Head­quar­ters of the Roy­al Cana­di­an Mount­ed Police. The library locat­ed to this build­ing in 1975 when the RCMP moved to a new larg­er and more mod­ern build­ing. The library has done exten­sive ren­o­va­tion to the inte­ri­or of the build­ing, but has tried to main­tain the charm and quaint­ness of the orig­i­nal build­ing.

Main Entrance
Main Entrance

Mem­ber­ship

Library mem­ber­ship costs $15 per per­son. Senior cit­i­zens and chil­dren up to the age of 18 years whose main res­i­dence is Jasper receive free mem­ber­ships.

Loan Peri­ods and Over­dues

The loan peri­od is three weeks, exclud­ing movies and peri­od­i­cals which are loaned one week. Fines accrue at 10 cents per day to a max­i­mum of $5 for print mate­ri­als and $1 per day to a max­i­mum of $10 for movies.

Com­mu­ni­ty Access Pro­gram

The Jasper Munic­i­pal Library is a Com­mu­ni­ty Access Pro­gram (CAP) site. The Com­mu­ni­ty Access Pro­gram is a gov­ern­ment of Canada ini­tia­tive, admin­is­tered by Indus­try Canada that aims to provide Cana­di­ans with afford­able pub­lic access to the Inter­net and skills they need to use it effec­tive­ly.

Municipal Civic Forum
Munic­i­pal Civic Forum
Boardroom
Board­room

Library Pro­grams

Children’s Sto­ry time — runs Octo­ber through May.
Sat­ur­day at 1:30 pm

Please check with the library for infor­ma­tion on children’s French sto­ry time and Par­ent Link preschool sto­ry time.

Sum­mer Read­ing Pro­gram — July & August

Shut-in Ser­vice — For those unable to vis­it the library.

Inter­net tuto­ri­als — Avail­able by request. Ask staff for details.

Childrens Section
Chil­drens Sec­tion
Childrens Section
Chil­drens Sec­tion
upstairs section
upstairs sec­tion

Inter­net Access and Equip­ment

We have a total of six com­put­ers for inter­net.
Library mem­bers receive up to thir­ty min­utes free Inter­net access, or one hour of Wire­less access dai­ly (sub­ject to avail­abil­i­ty). Non mem­bers are charged $2.50 for thir­ty min­utes for inter­net access with our com­put­ers or $2.50 for one hour of wire­less use. (price might vary as of writ­ing)

The library also has one ded­i­cat­ed word proces­sor, a B&W laser print­er, col­or laser print­er, a scan­ner, DVD and cd burn­ers.

Oth­er equip­ment avail­able: a pho­to­copier, fax machine small lam­i­na­tor and a slide pro­jec­tor.

Internet Access
Inter­net Access
Comfortable reading area
Com­fort­able read­ing area

Online Library Cat­a­logue

www.tracpac.ab.ca

The Jasper Library belongs to a con­sor­tium of four region­al library sys­tems with approx­i­mate­ly 1.5 mil­lion titles in a cen­tral data­base. Patrons use this site to place orders for titles and to check and renew titles they have out. Our staff will be hap­py to show you how to use this web­site.

Online Data­bas­es

The Jasper Library has access to thou­sands of mag­a­zine arti­cles and
ref­er­ence data­bas­es. Please ask staff for help in access­ing the­se.

 

The Alber­ta Library

www.talonline.ca

Mem­bers of the Jasper Library may use their library card to bor­row books from any of the par­tic­i­pat­ing pub­lic and aca­d­e­mic libraries in Alber­ta online or in per­son.

Ask a ques­tion”

The Jasper Library par­tic­i­pates in this online ref­er­ence source, a
col­lab­o­ra­tive ref­er­ence site by Alberta’s Librar­i­ans to provide patrons answers to any ques­tion asked.

 

Jasper Munic­i­pal Library
Box 1170
Jasper, AB
T0E 1E0
Phone (780) 852‑3652
Fax (780) 852‑5841
E-mail: jasperlibrary@town.jasper.ab.ca