11 days in Montana Itinerary

11 days in Montana Itinerary

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11 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
West Glacier
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
2
Gardiner
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Bozeman
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

4
nights
West Glacier

West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near West Glacier: Glacier National Park (Iceberg Lake Trail, Jackson Glacier Overlook, & more). Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our West Glacier trip builder site .

Washington DC to West Glacier is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to West Glacier is minus 2 hours. Plan for much colder nights when traveling from Washington DC in July since evenings lows in West Glacier dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Gardiner.

Things to do in West Glacier

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Glacier National Park
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River Rafting & Tubing
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road

3
nights
Gardiner

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Get out of town with these interesting Gardiner side-trips: West Yellowstone (Fishing Charters & Tours & Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center). And it doesn't end there: trot along with a tour on horseback, cruise along Beartooth Hwy, contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone River, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Gardiner trip planner .

Traveling by car from West Glacier to Gardiner takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from West Glacier in August, expect Gardiner to be a bit cooler, temps between 75°F and 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bozeman.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

West Yellowstone, Beartooth Hwy
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Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©

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. On the 5th (Wed), get a new perspective on nature at Museum of the Rockies, get engrossed in the history at American Computer & Robotics Museum, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Middle Cottonwood Trailhead. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Bozeman, hit the slopes at Big Sky Resort, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ousel Falls Trail, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at The Soldiers Chapel.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Bozeman itinerary planning site .

Drive from Gardiner to Bozeman in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, Bozeman is somewhat warmer than Gardiner - with highs of 84°F and lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Big Sky
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Palisade Falls ©
Palisade Falls
Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies
American Computer & Robotics Museum ©

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