10 days in Montana Itinerary

10 days in Montana Itinerary

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10 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Great Falls
1
Great Falls
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
3
West Yellowstone
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
West Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
6
Cooke City
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
End: Great Falls

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day
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. On the 6th (Sat), explore the world behind art at C.M. Russell Museum, then immerse yourself in nature at Giant Springs State Park, then get to know the fascinating history of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and finally take an in-depth tour of Ursuline Centre.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Great Falls tour itinerary builder website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Great Falls. In July, daytime highs in Great Falls are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Great Falls

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park
C.M. Russell Museum ©
C.M. Russell Museum
Ursuline Centre ©
Ursuline Centre

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Goat Lick Overlook, Lake McDonald and Going-to-the-Sun Road. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Goat Lick Overlook, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McDonald, then take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden Wall, and finally cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road. On your second day here, trek along Iceberg Lake Trail and then explore the activities along Avalanche Lake.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Glacier National Park trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Great Falls to Glacier National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and car. In July, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Garden Wall ©
Garden Wall
Goat Lick Overlook ©
Goat Lick Overlook

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night
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
You've now added Playmill Theatre to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): see a show at Playmill Theatre, identify plant and animal life at Firehole Canyon Drive, then identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Yellowstone Historic Center.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the West Yellowstone trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to West Yellowstone takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Glacier National Park in July, with highs in West Yellowstone at 77°F and lows at 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Wildlife Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trip

Firehole Canyon Drive
Highlights from your plan
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Firehole Canyon Drive ©
Firehole Canyon Drive
Playmill Theatre ©
Playmill Theatre

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night
Gardiner

Gardiner ©
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Montana Grizzly Encounter has been added to your itinerary. On the 10th (Wed), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Montana Grizzly Encounter, don't miss a visit to Roosevelt Arch, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Beaver Ponds Loop Trail, and finally explore the striking landscape of Old Gardiner Road.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Gardiner travel planner.

Getting from West Yellowstone to Gardiner by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Gardiner can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to West Glacier.

Things to do in Gardiner

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yellowstone National Park, Montana Grizzly Encounter
Highlights from your plan
Montana Grizzly Encounter ©
Montana Grizzly Encounter
Beaver Ponds Loop Trail ©
Beaver Ponds Loop Trail
Roosevelt Arch ©
Roosevelt Arch

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nights
West Glacier

West Glacier ©
West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): have some family-friendly fun at Amazing Fun Center and then sample the fine beverages at Glacier Distilling Company. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Hungry Horse Resevoir and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hidden Lake.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the West Glacier attractions app .

Drive from Gardiner to West Glacier in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Gardiner in July: high temperatures in West Glacier hover around 85°F and lows are around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in West Glacier

Golf Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Coram, Hungry Horse Resevoir
Highlights from your plan
Glacier View Golf Club ©
Glacier View Golf Club
Amazing Fun Center ©
Amazing Fun Center
Glacier Distilling Company ©
Glacier Distilling Company

2
nights
Cooke City

Cooke City ©
Cooke City-Silver Gate is a census-designated place (CDP) in Park County, Montana, United States. Beartooth Hwy has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Lamar Valley, take in the dramatic scenery at Tower Fall, and then trek along Artist Point.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cooke City trip itinerary maker .

Drive from West Glacier to Cooke City in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from West Glacier in July, expect Cooke City to be a bit cooler, temps between 73°F and 39°F. On the 15th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cooke City

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park
Highlights from your plan
Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley
Artist Point ©
Artist Point
Tower Fall ©
Tower Fall

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