We'll be visiting Glacier & Waterton in July, driving from Banff on Hwy #40, probably to St Mary. We will go to Glacier first, even though it's a longer trip from Banff, as on our last day we have to drive to Calgary airport and I'd rather not have to worry about possible border crossing delays if we were heading back to Calgary from GNP. We will arrive at GNP late on Thursday July 30 and then drive up to Waterton late on Saturday August 1.
I had originally allowed one full day each for GNP & Waterton but have now rearranged our itinerary so we can fit in an extra day at GNP. I've visited Waterton once before so know what I'll do there again, but I'd appreciate suggestions for what to do with two days in GNP. GTTS Road is definitely planned.
I was originally planning to drive the GTTS Road but after reading a post about driving vs shuttle vs Red Bus tour I've decided it's better not to drive. I love photography so like to stop wherever possible.
In that thread RM-MN said "If you have nice weather, the Red Jammers have tops that can be removed so you really can see the scenery. For the shuttles, you have nice windows, but you can only see out the side you are seated on."
The Red Jammers sound ideal as I wouldn't be trying to take photos through glass. Do the windows of the shuttle open? Which is likely to offer more stops along the way - the shuttle or the Red Bus tour?
I've just had a knee replacement operation a couple of weeks ago so probably won't be able to do any long hikes but will hopefully be able to do some short hikes. I gather that the GTTS Road trip will use up most of one day. I'd appreciate suggestions on highlights to see with the rest of our time there, mainly places we can drive to with possible short hikes. Is St Mary the best area to consider for our GNP stay?
Thanks for any advice you can offer.