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Seattle to Banff drive

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Seattle to Banff road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Seattle to Banff. If you're planning a road trip to Banff, you can research locations to stop along the way. Find the best restaurants, hotels, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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Day 1, 10:00 am:  start in Seattle
drive for about 1.5 hours

Day 1, 11:36 am:  Bellingham
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:36 pm
drive for about 1 hour

Day 1, 1:44 pm:  Hemlock Resort
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:44 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

Day 1, 5:07 pm:  Kamloops
eat at The Noble Pig Brewhouse & Restaurant
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am


Day 2, 10:00 am:  leave from Kamloops
drive for about 2.5 hours

Day 2, 12:26 pm:  Revelstoke
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:26 pm
drive for about 1 hour

Day 2, 2:38 pm:  Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 3:38 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

Day 2, 4:55 pm:  arrive in Banff


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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Seattle, Washington.

You can enter an exact street address if you want to get precise directions, but this is optional.




How many cars do we need?

Since there are only 2 travelers, we assume you're driving 1 car. You can adjust the number of people traveling at the top. We assume a maximum of 4 passengers per car, but you can change the number of cars to fit your situation.




Where should I stop along the way?

Bellingham  (10 answers)
    questions about Bellingham:
        Best day trip suggestions from Billingham, WA?
        What is your favorite restaurant in Bellingham?
        What's the best neighborhood in Bellingham for a first time visitor?
Hemlock Resort
Kamloops  (4 answers)
    restaurants around Kamloops:
        The Noble Pig Brewhouse & Restaurant
Revelstoke  (5 answers)
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort  (4 mentions)




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Banff, Canada.

You can enter the exact street address of your destination, but this is optional.




Where's the best place to eat in Banff?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Grizzly House Restaurant, which was mentioned 3 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Squish Sandwich Cellar  (2 mentions)
Balkan Restaurant  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Banff? Click the blue button below.






What are some things to do in Banff?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Banff National Park  (13 mentions)
Johnston Canyon  (3 mentions)
Rocky Mountains  (2 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Banff. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

 Melissa Hogan from St. John's, Newfoundland asked:
Where's a great spot for lunch in Banff?  (8 answers)

 Sam Chambers from Banff asked:
Tips and advice for moving to Banff during summer months?  (3 answers)

 Steph Brockhurst from asked:
Is Banff Area worth visiting if you are not in to hiking?  (1 answer)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Banff.






Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Banff to Seattle drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Seattle to Banff. Or get a full Seattle to Banff flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend.

And if you know Seattle well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Seattle!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 596 miles
driving time of 10 hours, 53 minutes
Banff is 1 hour ahead of Seattle
239 Seattle travel answers
10 Bellingham travel answers
4 Kamloops travel answers
5 Revelstoke travel answers
70 Banff travel answers





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