11 days in Montana Itinerary

11 days in Montana Itinerary

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11 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly + Drive:  8 h
1
Red Lodge
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Gardiner
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 30 min
4
Glacier National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Whitefish
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: Los Angeles

2
nights
Red Lodge

Red Lodge
Red Lodge is a city in and the county seat of Carbon County, Montana, United States. To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Red Lodge vacation planning tool .

Los Angeles to Red Lodge is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Los Angeles to Red Lodge, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in July; daily highs in Red Lodge reach 68°F and lows reach 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Gardiner.

Things to do in Red Lodge

Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trip

Beartooth Hwy

few
hours
Gardiner

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
On the 30th (Mon), take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Gardiner online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Red Lodge to Gardiner takes 3 hours. Traveling from Red Lodge in July, expect nights in Gardiner to be slightly colder, around 46°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Gardiner

Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours

2
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
On the 31st (Tue), get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun and then look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the West Yellowstone trip planner.

Getting from Gardiner to West Yellowstone by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Gardiner in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in West Yellowstone, with lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Theme Parks Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun ©
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun

5
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 3rd (Fri) exploring nature at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of Going-to-the-Sun Road, take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls, appreciate the views at Logan Pass, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Iceberg Lake Trail.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Glacier National Park online trip itinerary builder .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from West Yellowstone to Glacier National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi. In August, Glacier National Park is somewhat warmer than West Yellowstone - with highs of 84°F and lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Whitefish.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road

1
night
Whitefish

Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitefish Mountain Resort. Keep things going the next day: admire all the interesting features of Montana Vortex and House of Mystery, stop by Willow's HuckleberryLand, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Whitefish online tour planner .

Getting from Glacier National Park to Whitefish by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train. August in Whitefish sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Whitefish

Tours Adventure Outdoors

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Montana Vortex and House of Mystery, Willow's HuckleberryLand
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Whitefish Mountain Resort ©
Whitefish Mountain Resort
Montana Vortex and House of Mystery ©

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