10 days in Montana Itinerary

10 days in Montana Itinerary

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10 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly + shuttle:  10​h 30​min
1
West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 45​min
3
Glacier National Park
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  9​h
End: Detroit

3
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Ousel Falls Trail and Beehive Basin Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near West Yellowstone: Big Sky (The Soldiers Chapel, Grizzly Outfitters Ski & Backcountry Sports, & more). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone River.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our West Yellowstone online tour itinerary planner .

Detroit to West Yellowstone is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Detroit to West Yellowstone. Traveling from Detroit in August, you will find days in West Yellowstone are slightly colder (75°F), and nights are colder (37°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Gardiner.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

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Big Sky
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Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Yellowstone River ©
Yellowstone River
The Soldiers Chapel ©
The Soldiers Chapel

1
night
Gardiner

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
On the 10th (Sat), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Gardiner day trip website .

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Gardiner in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Gardiner can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Gardiner

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Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

4
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.
Spend the 11th (Sun) exploring nature at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, trek along Iceberg Lake Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Silver Staircase Falls, and explore the activities along Avalanche Lake.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Glacier National Park trip planning tool .

Drive from Gardiner to Glacier National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Gardiner in August, expect Glacier National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 83°F and 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

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Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

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