We (my girlfriend and I) are planning a trip to Seattle in Aug-Sept 2014. Our plan is to rent a car for 3 weeks, and stay in motels/hotels (approx $ 140,- a night).
We do not want to stay in Seattle too long, 1 day at arrival, and 1 when we leave. All other days we want to use to see the highlights in the area.
We always wanted to visit Yellowstone, so our first idea is to head there and visit some places along the road. But I also really would like to see Glaciers Nat. Park and possibly even Banff and Jasper up in Canada...
So my question to you all is the following: What would you recommend to us? Make a round-trip to Yellowstone and back? Or do both Yellowstone and then up to Canada? Or maybe even skip Yellowstone and go north directly?
Please keep in mind that we do not want to spend every day driving hundreds of miles. We would prefer to have a couple driving-dedicated days, and more time to relax and sight-see on all other days. So maybe 5 destinations at max?
We are mostly interested in the national parks etc, but I would like a nice city for a change here and there.
I really hope you can help me out here! It's a bit hard to choose a route etc since there is so much, and the distances are so big!
Thank you all very much for your input!