10 days in Montana & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

10 days in Montana & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

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Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
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Missoula
— 2 nights
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Big Sky
— 2 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
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Glacier National Park

— 2 nights

Crown of the Continent

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): appreciate the views at Logan Pass, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cracker Lake Hike, then take some stellar pictures from Jackson Glacier Overlook, and finally admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Grinnell Glacier and then contemplate the waterfront views at McDonald Creek.

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Dayton to Glacier National Park is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dayton to Glacier National Park due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Dayton in July since evenings lows in Glacier National Park dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Missoula

— 2 nights
Missoula is a city in the U.S. Your day by day itinerary now includes Rattlesnake National Recreation Area. On the 3rd (Mon), let little ones run wild at McCormick Park and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Jumbo North Peak Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rattlesnake National Recreation Area, walk around Silver Park, and then trek along Pattee Canyon.

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Getting from Glacier National Park to Missoula by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Big Sky.

Things to do in Missoula

Trails · Outdoors · Parks · Fun & Games

Big Sky

— 2 nights
Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): hike along Beehive Basin Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Big Sky Resort, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Lone Peak. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Ousel Falls Trail and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

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Getting from Missoula to Big Sky by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and car. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Missoula in August: high temperatures in Big Sky hover around 75°F and lows are around 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Big Sky

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Yellowstone National Park

— 3 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Kepler Cascades, witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, don't miss a visit to Petrified Tree, cruise along Firehole Lake Drive, then take in the dramatic scenery at Gibbon Falls, and finally explore the activities along Lehardy's Rapids. On the next day, trek along Ice Lake Trail, then trek along Purple Mountain Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Osprey Falls Trail, and finally get impressive views of Monument Geyser Basin.

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Getting from Big Sky to Yellowstone National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Traveling from Big Sky in August, expect nights in Yellowstone National Park to be about the same, around 38°F, while days are little chillier, around 70°F. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Montana travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Wildlife Areas
The Crown of the Continent
With a population of only one million, Montana remains an untouched natural paradise of snowcapped peaks, expansive forests, and alpine lakes, dotted with Old West ghost towns, Indian reservations, and progressive urban communities. Appreciate the state's unique charm and beauty with a trip to Glacier National Park, where you can come face-to-face with Montana wildlife among its high peaks. Head to the state's largest cities, Billings and Missoula, for an array of historical attractions and cultural sightseeing.