10 days in Montana Itinerary

10 days in Montana Itinerary

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10 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
1
Cooke City
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Gardiner
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
3
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Dallas

3
nights
Cooke City

Cooke City ©
Cooke City-Silver Gate is a census-designated place (CDP) in Park County, Montana, United States. Get in touch with nature at S Rim Trail and Norris Geyser Basin. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cooke City: Yellowstone National Park (Lamar Valley, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, & more) and West Yellowstone (Yellowstone Historic Center & Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center).

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Dallas to Cooke City is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Dallas in August, with highs in Cooke City at 70°F and lows at 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in Cooke City

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Yellowstone National Park, West Yellowstone
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Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Artist Point ©
Artist Point

3
nights
Gardiner

Gardiner ©
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, and then get to know the fascinating history of Lone Star Geyser. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along North Rim Trail, then trek along Artists’ Paintpots, then explore the striking landscape at Gibbon Falls, and finally identify plant and animal life at Firehole Canyon Drive.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Gardiner trip planner.

You can drive from Cooke City to Gardiner in 2 hours. August in Gardiner sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gardiner

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park
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Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Mammoth Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Hot Springs

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Jackson Glacier Overlook, appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden Wall, then trek along Highline Trail, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Goat Lick Overlook, explore the activities along Lake McDonald, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Avalanche Lake.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Glacier National Park trip planning tool .

You can 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 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Highline Trail ©
Highline Trail
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail

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