10 days in Montana Itinerary

10 days in Montana Itinerary

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10 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Sacramento
Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
1
Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
3
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Santa Cruz

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 20th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Sheepeater Cliffs and then take in the dramatic scenery at Undine Falls.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Gardiner journey planner .

Sacramento to Gardiner is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Sacramento to Gardiner due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sacramento in July: highs in Gardiner hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Gardiner

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park
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Horseback Riding Tours
Golden Gate Canyon ©
Golden Gate Canyon
Undine Falls ©
Undine Falls

3
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Attractions like Ousel Falls Trail and Horseback Riding Tours make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting West Yellowstone side-trips: Big Sky (Big Sky Resort & Grizzly Outfitters Ski & Backcountry Sports). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, get your game on at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos, cast your line with a fishing tour, and explore the activities along Yellowstone River.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the West Yellowstone online journey planner .

You can drive from Gardiner to West Yellowstone in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Big Sky
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Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Yellowstone River ©
Yellowstone River
Big Sky Resort ©
Big Sky Resort

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.
Glacier National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, trails, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire all the interesting features of Going-to-the-Sun Road, explore the activities along Lake McDonald, tour the pleasant surroundings at Avalanche Lake, and take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park trip itinerary site .

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Glacier National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from West Yellowstone in July: high temperatures in Glacier National Park hover around 85°F and lows are around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

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