10 days in Montana Itinerary

10 days in Montana Itinerary

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10 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Bozeman
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Gardiner
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Helena
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
West Glacier
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

2
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. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: get curious at Museum of the Rockies, appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Bozeman, and then sample the fine beverages at Bozeman Spirits Distillery.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Bozeman road trip planning website .

Washington DC to Bozeman is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Washington DC to Bozeman due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be cooler in Bozeman, with lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Big Sky
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Montana Grizzly Encounter ©
Montana Grizzly Encounter
Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies
Downtown Bozeman ©
Downtown Bozeman

2
nights
Gardiner

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Artists’ Paintpots, then take in the natural beauty of Mammoth Hot Springs, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Golden Gate Canyon and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hayden Valley.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Gardiner trip builder site .

Drive from Bozeman to Gardiner in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Bozeman in July, expect Gardiner to be a bit cooler, temps between 77°F and 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Helena.

Things to do in Gardiner

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park
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Horseback Riding Tours
Hayden Valley ©
Hayden Valley
Mammoth Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Hot Springs

2
nights
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Gates of the Mountains, get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol, and then admire the striking features of Cathedral of St. Helena.

Discover how to plan a Helena trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Gardiner to Helena in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Gardiner in July; daily highs in Helena reach 89°F and lows reach 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to West Glacier.

Things to do in Helena

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena
Montana State Capitol ©
Montana State Capitol

2
nights
West Glacier

West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near West Glacier: Glacier National Park (Going-to-the-Sun Road, Virginia Falls, & more). There's lots more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the activities along Hidden Lake, and explore the striking landscape of Glacier National Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the West Glacier journey maker site .

Drive from Helena to West Glacier in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Helena in July since evenings lows in West Glacier dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in West Glacier

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Glacier National Park
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road
Virginia Falls ©
Virginia Falls

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