I have been to almost all of the western national parks in the lower 48 and have even worked at a few, so I have seen a lot of awesome scenery. Yet, of all the places I've been, Glacier is the place I've spent the least amount of time in and I have never even been to Banff at all. My brother wants to do a backpacking trip in Yosemite this summer- a park I know quite well- but I am more inclined to go to these two parks. The problem is, the way my schedule is working out with perhaps only a week to visit, I may have to choose between them.
A few years ago a family member of mine went to both parks and said that he preferred Glacier, but other people have told me that Banff is vaster and much more spectacular. My family member said that he liked the heights on the Going-to-the-Sun Road and was disappointed with the Icefields Parkway (which he took to Jasper) because it never got up that high, and he also said that the Moraine Lake and Lake Louise areas were very commercialized. On the other hand, I have heard other people say that Banff is far more impressive than Glacier overall. So I'm conflicted. (Even a few have mentioned that they preferred Jasper over both areas.)
It might be easier for me to get to Glacier but I don't want to feel as though I've missed the best part if I don't go to Banff (or Jasper). Since this would be a trip on a budget, I would probably camp so lodging or dining differences between the parks won't really matter to me. I just want a relaxing wilderness experience and I am addicted to spectacular scenery. Those of you who are familiar with both parks, which one would you recommend for someone who wanted a good introduction to the Rockies? Will I have missed the very best of all if I only go to Glacier? Or vice versa?