Originally Posted by Skysoldier91
I'm planning a bike trip up through Montana and into Canada this June. Was planning on going up to Banff then turning around to come back south. Anywhere you'd recommend stopping by or staying the night?
That will be an amazing trip in the summer! I am assuming if coming through Montana, you will be entering through the Coutts border? That's right by a town called Lethbridge and while not being a super big city, it has all the amenities and places to stay that you can want.
If you'd like to make that stay somewhat scenic and beautiful, look into staying at Waterton Park. It's an absolutely gorgeous national park with a beautiful massive lake and amazing camp grounds all around it.
When you come to Banff, honestly staying anywhere in Banff you can't go wrong. Everything around there is breathtaking. If you'd like to explore some additional areas around there check out Lake Louise - Fairmont Hotel. You don't necessarily have to stay there but just the scenic aspect of visiting that location is worth it. Tons of hiking trails over there too if that's something to your liking.
Finally, if looking for places to stay specifically but not looking to spend an arm and a leg (you will find these kinda places in Banff too depending on when you're visiting) but Canmore is a small town about 10 minute drive from Banff and is also worth visiting or at least going through. Similar to Banff, however not as mainstream so things are relatively 'cheaper' and it doesn't get overcrowded with people like Banff and Lake Louise sometimes can.
Also look into the Kananaskis National Park which is also in that direction but perhaps a couple of hours drive West towards BC. Not sure how far you'd be looking into going from the Banff region, but Glacier National Park is also a few hours from there. You can buy tickets to go into massive trucks that drive you on top of ancient glaciers that are slowly melting away, however still offer amazing views etc. They also this thing called the skywalk there where it's basically a glass bridge suspended several hundred feet in the sky off the edge of a mountain and you can essentially walk on it.
Anyway let me know if you have any specific questions and I will try to answer. Hope this has been somewhat helpful in planning out your trip.