My wife and I are trying to figure out how to spend a 10 day (9 night) trip. Here is a bit of info about us if that may help. We're in our early 30's and love the outdoors and hiking. We'd take a beautiful view from a mountain any day over a late night in the city. With that said, we're looking for a vacation that allows some great scenery, hiking, nature, and good food. We don't want to spend the entire time packing and running to the next spot, but don't mind a couple 2 day stops. After a fair bit of research, I came up with 4 possible itineraries, please help us pick one:
1 - Fly from Philly to Seattle - spend 1 night in Seattle, Ferry to Victoria for 2 nights, Ferry to Vancouver for 4 nights (1 night in Whistler), and Amtrack back to Seattle for last night before flying back to Philly. (Reason flying to Seattle is b/c approx 40% of cost of flying into Vancouver)
2 - Fly from Philly to Vancouver, Ferry to Victoria for 2 nights, spend 2 nights in Tofino, then go back to Vancouver for 5 nights (2 of the nights in Whistler), then fly back to Philly
3 - Fly into Calgary and go to Canadian Rockies for 9 nights (not sure of how to split it up),
4 - This last option can start in either Vancouver or Calgary and work from east to west or vice versa. Fly into Vancouver and spend 4 nights there with a day trip to Victoria (possibly spend 1 night there). Then make way over to Rockies for 5 nights.
As far as timing, we were planning on going anywhere from end of May to early Sept. We are very flexible with that part. We'd appreciate any insight anyone has to any option.