18 days in Montana Itinerary

18 days in Montana Itinerary

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18 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Edinburgh
Fly + Drive:  19​h 45​min
Glacier National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Whitefish
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
West Yellowstone
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
Cooke City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Bozeman
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Billings
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Edinburgh

5
nights
Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©
The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
Spend the 1st (Mon) exploring nature at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Going-to-the-Sun Road, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McDonald, stroll through Highline Trail, and trek along Avalanche Lake.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Glacier National Park vacation planner .

Edinburgh, UK to Glacier National Park is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 7 hours. When traveling from Edinburgh in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Glacier National Park: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Whitefish.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail
Virginia Falls ©
Virginia Falls

2
nights
Whitefish

Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. On the 6th (Sat), have some family-friendly fun at Amazing Fun Center and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Whitefish Depot, kick back and relax at City Beach, and then stroll through Whitefish Mountain Resort.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Whitefish trip planner .

Getting from Glacier National Park to Whitefish by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Whitefish

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Winter Sports

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Amazing Fun Center
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River Rafting & Tubing
Whitefish Mountain Resort ©
Whitefish Mountain Resort
City Beach ©
City Beach

few
hours
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, and then get your game on at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our West Yellowstone online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Whitefish to West Yellowstone takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle. In July, West Yellowstone is slightly colder than Whitefish - with highs of 29°C and lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cooke City.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

#Theme Parks, #Wildlife, #Parks
Highlights from your plan
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun ©
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Madison Avenue Old Time Photos ©
Madison Avenue Old Time Photos

1
night
Cooke City

Cooke City ©
Cooke City-Silver Gate is a census-designated place (CDP) in Park County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): stop by Cooke City General Store, then get a new perspective on nature at Yellowstone Trading Post, then cruise along Beartooth Hwy, and finally cruise along Beartooth Highway.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cooke City trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Cooke City takes 3 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Gardiner.

Things to do in Cooke City

#Outdoors, #Scenic Drive, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Montana
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Cooke City General Store ©
Cooke City General Store
Yellowstone Trading Post ©
Yellowstone Trading Post

1
night
Gardiner

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Gardiner trip itinerary app .

Getting from Cooke City to Gardiner by car takes about 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Gardiner are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in Gardiner

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

3
nights
Bozeman

Bozeman ©
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Go for a jaunt from Bozeman to Three Forks to see Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park about 1h 20 min away. On the 13th (Sat), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Bridger Bowl. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Rockies, examine the collection at American Computer Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Bozeman, and contemplate the waterfront views at Gallatin River.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Bozeman trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Gardiner to Bozeman takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Gardiner in July, with highs in Bozeman at 35°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Billings.

Things to do in Bozeman

#Nature, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park
Highlights from your plan
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park ©
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park
Bridger Bowl ©
Bridger Bowl
Gallatin River ©
Gallatin River

2
nights
Billings

Billings ©
Billings is the largest city in the state of Montana, and is the principal city of the Billings Metropolitan Area with a population of 166,855.Billings is located in the south-eastern portion of the state and is the seat of Yellowstone County, which had a 2015 population of 157,048. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Lake Elmo State Park, explore and take pictures at Pictograph Cave State Park, and then try for a hole-in-one at Geyser Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at ZooMontana, then take in the dramatic natural features at Pompeys Pillar National Monument, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Billings trip planner .

Traveling by car from Bozeman to Billings takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Bozeman in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Billings, with lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Billings

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Pompeys Pillar National Monument
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Pompeys Pillar National Monument ©
Pompeys Pillar National Monument
Pictograph Cave State Park ©
Pictograph Cave State Park
ZooMontana ©
ZooMontana

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