10 days in Montana Itinerary

10 days in Montana Itinerary

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10 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Tampa
Fly + taxi:  10​h 30​min
1
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Bozeman
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Tampa

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and Iceberg Lake Trail. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls, cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road, tour the pleasant surroundings at Highline Trail, and contemplate the waterfront views at Swiftcurrent Lake.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Glacier National Park travel planner.

Tampa to Glacier National Park is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Tampa in September; daily highs in Glacier National Park reach 70°F and lows reach 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail
Virginia Falls ©
Virginia Falls

1
night
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. On the 13th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Gates of the Mountains, get engrossed in the history at Montana Historical Society Museum, view the masterpieces at Archie Bray Foundation, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Helena, and finally ponder the world of politics at Montana State Capitol.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Helena online trip builder .

Drive from Glacier National Park to Helena in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Glacier National Park in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Helena, with lows of 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Helena

Museums Nature Wildlife
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Montana Historical Society Museum ©
Montana Historical Society Museum
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Montana State Capitol ©
Montana State Capitol

2
nights
West Yellowstone

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): cast your line with a fishing tour, identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Yellowstone Historic Center. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Eagle's Store, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then explore the activities along Earthquake Lake.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our West Yellowstone route builder .

You can drive from Helena to West Yellowstone in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Helena in September, things will get a bit cooler in West Yellowstone: highs are around 64°F and lows about 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Earthquake Lake ©
Earthquake Lake
Horseback Riding Tours

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. Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Palisade Falls and then immerse yourself in nature at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park. On your second day here, trot along with a tour on horseback, hike along Ousel Falls Trail, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at The Soldiers Chapel.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bozeman vacation planner.

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Bozeman takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from West Yellowstone in September; daily highs in Bozeman reach 72°F and lows reach 41°F. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Big Sky, Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, Sacajawea Park
Highlights from your plan
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park ©
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park
Palisade Falls ©
Palisade Falls
Sacajawea Park ©
Sacajawea Park

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