10 days in Montana Itinerary

10 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana trip planner
Make it your trip
— 2 nights
Big Sky
— 3 nights
West Glacier
— 4 nights


Gardiner — 2 nights

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Get out of town with these interesting Gardiner side-trips: West Yellowstone (Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center & Yellowstone Big Gun Fun). There's lots more to do: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, explore and take pictures at Beartooth Hwy, and contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone River.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Gardiner driving holiday planning app.

Austin to Gardiner is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Austin to Gardiner is minus 1 hour. In July, Gardiner is cooler than Austin - with highs of 77°F and lows of 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Big Sky.
Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Theme Parks
Side Trips

Big Sky — 3 nights

Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. Big Sky is known for adventure, winter sports, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, trek along Beehive Basin Trail, stroll through Ousel Falls Trail, and take in the awesome beauty at Lone Peak.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Big Sky travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Gardiner to Big Sky takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. In July, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to West Glacier.
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

West Glacier — 4 nights

West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Eric Thorsen Art Studio (in Bigfork) and Glacier National Park (Virginia Falls, Going-to-the-Sun Road, &more). There's more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our West Glacier trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Big Sky to West Glacier takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, car, and taxi. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Big Sky in July; daily highs in West Glacier reach 85°F and lows reach 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can fly back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
Side Trips

Montana travel guide

River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Nature & Parks
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.