Banff Itinerary 2 Days

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2 Days in Banff - Perfect Weekend Guide

Bathed in natural beauty, dripped in history, soaked in culture, and teeming with outdoor and adventure prospects, Banff is a resort town in the province of Alberta. This quintessential Canadian beauty located within Banff National Park and boasts of a huge variety of wildlife including the rare species like Grizzly Bears and Elks. With the help of this Banff Itinerary 2 Days, know the best way to explore the beauty of Banff in 48 hours.

What to pack for 2 days in Banff vacation?

As you are going on a 2 days Banff vacation, compact luggage is ideal. Carry a backpack that can fit in your belongings or choose a compact trolley bag. You only need one pair of shoes that you're wearing, make sure you pick sturdy ones for all the walking and sightseeing. Check the live weather of Banff and pack just what's needed! Do not forget to bring extra batteries for your camera, you won't have time to move back-n-forth to your room to charge them. Pro Tips: Carry your Passport and photo identification proof with you at all times. Carry a Banff local map, a hard copy or in your phone.

Are 2 days enough to explore Banff?

It is slightly difficult to explore the entire city in 48 hours time, but you can easily visit the hand-picked 8-10 points of interest in Banff on your trip. You will have to travel a bit if you want to cover all the popular places in Banff within 2 days. So, if you have any particular place in mind, then plan your Banff visit accordingly. If it is a weekend trip, check for special events happening and plan accordingly.

Trip Budget for a weekend trip to Banff?

Banff weekend itinerary budget would vary from is USD 348 to USD 398 as per your choices. There are enough free places in Banff to ensure that unless there’s an exhibition or event you really want to see, paying is unnecessary.

How to spend 2 days in Banff?

Cave and Basin National Historic Site, within the Canadian Rocky Mountains, is one of the most significant landmarks for Canada's protected areas which tells the story behind Canada’s first national park, the Banff National Park. This is a good place to begin your visit in Banff. Next, head to the Banff Park Museum, located in a historic log building in downtown Banff, is an exhibition space associated with Banff National Park. This oldest natural history museum in Canada promises to bring you face-to-face with Rocky Mountain wildlife. In the evening, head to the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, a place that collects, preserves, and displays materials which trace the area’s cultural roots and heritage.

On the second day of your trip you can either visit the Tunnel Mountain Trail which is close to town and consists of a lookout point which offers stunning views across the Bow Valley or head to the glacier-fed Lake Minnewanka, the largest lake in Banff National Park. You can also embark upon a one-hour narrated cruise at this lake.

If you are more of an adventurous person, you can skip the above-mentioned options and instead spend the day at the scenic Bow Valley Parkway. Johnston Canyon, a dramatic rock canyon with cantilevered walkways through the gorge, is a popular spot for hiking inside this parkway. From here, you can hike to the Lower Falls and continue your hike right up to the Upper Falls. End your trip by relaxing in the mineral pools at Banff Upper Hot Springs after your hectic day.

Money saving tips for Banff weekend itinerary:

  • Skip the restaurants and cafes for street vendors and supermarkets
  • Get 2 Day Banff transport Pass if possible which offers free public transport, free entrance to the recommended attractions
  • Couchsurfing is a great way to save loads on accommodation expenses
  • Spend More Time In Fewer Places of Banff

Where to eat in Banff if you've 48 hours?

48 hours to enjoy the culinary delights of Banff and the best you can do is opt for a buffet that offers local variety at a reasonable rate.

Where to stay in Banff for a weekend?

You can book a hotel or apartment close to bow falls and this would save you lot of time for 2 days trip. You can also opt homestays to stay in Banff. Prices for the same may be slightly steep, but it is the convenience that matters!

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