11 days in Montana Itinerary

11 days in Montana Itinerary

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11 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  9​h
1
West Glacier
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
2
Whitefish
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Dillon
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Big Sky
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  11​h
End: Charlotte

3
nights
West Glacier

West Glacier ©
West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. Escape the urban bustle at Iceberg Lake and Cracker Lake Hike. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museum of the Plains Indian and Garden Wall. Change things up with these side-trips from West Glacier: Glacier National Park (Apikuni Falls, Goat Lick Overlook, & more) and Lodgepole Gallery and Tipi Village (in Browning).

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our West Glacier online route planner .

Charlotte to West Glacier is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Charlotte to West Glacier. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Charlotte in August: highs in West Glacier hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Whitefish.

Things to do in West Glacier

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Glacier National Park, Browning
Highlights from your plan
Iceberg Lake ©
Iceberg Lake
Museum of the Plains Indian ©
Museum of the Plains Indian
Cracker Lake Hike ©
Cracker Lake Hike

2
nights
Whitefish

Whitefish ©
Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Glacier National Park. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Glacier National Park, then explore the activities along Swan Lake, then explore the activities along Swan River, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of First Presbyterian Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at The Museum at Central School, then sample the tasty concoctions at Bonsai Brewing Project, then grab your bike and head to The Whitefish Trail, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Flashpoint Outdoor Laser Tag.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Whitefish trip planner .

Traveling by train from West Glacier to Whitefish takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. August in Whitefish sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Dillon.

Things to do in Whitefish

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bigfork, The Museum at Central School
Highlights from your plan
Swan River ©
Swan River
The Museum at Central School ©
The Museum at Central School
First Presbyterian Church ©
First Presbyterian Church

1
day
Dillon

Dillon ©
Dillon is a city in and the county seat of Beaverhead County, Montana, United States. You've now added Bannack State Park to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): mingle with the ghosts of the past at Bannack State Park, stop by The Bookstore, and then take an in-depth tour of Dillon Visitor Center.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Dillon trip planner .

Traveling by car from Whitefish to Dillon takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In August in Dillon, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sky.

Things to do in Dillon

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Bannack State Park ©
Bannack State Park
The Bookstore ©
The Bookstore

1
night
Big Sky

Big Sky
Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Big Sky trip planner .

You can drive from Dillon to Big Sky in 3 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Dillon in August; daily highs in Big Sky reach 75°F and lows reach 37°F. You will leave for West Yellowstone on the 25th (Sun).

Things to do in Big Sky

Outdoors Parks Tours

3
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Uncle Tom's Trail and Earthquake Lake will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at West Thumb Geyser Basin and Artists’ Paintpots. You'll find plenty of places to visit near West Yellowstone: Yellowstone National Park (Gibbon Falls, Beryl Spring, & more). There's much more to do: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, have some family-friendly fun at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and explore the galleries of Yellowstone Historic Center.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our West Yellowstone day trip site .

Getting from Big Sky to West Yellowstone by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a shuttle. In August, daytime highs in West Yellowstone are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park
Highlights from your plan
Earthquake Lake ©
Earthquake Lake
Grand Loop Road ©
Grand Loop Road
Fishing Charters & Tours

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