11 days in Montana Itinerary

11 days in Montana Itinerary

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11 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Bozeman
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
West Yellowstone
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Big Sky
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Missoula
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
6
Glacier National Park
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Indianapolis

1
night
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 27th (Fri), meet the residents at Montana Grizzly Encounter.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Bozeman trip itinerary planner .

Indianapolis to Bozeman is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Indianapolis to Bozeman is minus 2 hours. In September, Bozeman is little chillier than Indianapolis - with highs of 72°F and lows of 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Gardiner.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Palisade Falls ©
Palisade Falls
Fishing Charters & Tours
American Computer & Robotics Museum ©

1
night
Gardiner

Gardiner ©
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
On the 29th (Sun), take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, don't miss a visit to Roosevelt Arch, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Mammoth Hot Springs.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Gardiner trip builder app .

Getting from Bozeman to Gardiner by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Bozeman in September, expect Gardiner to be a bit cooler, temps between 64°F and 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Gardiner

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park
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Mammoth Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Hot Springs
Roosevelt Arch ©
Roosevelt Arch
Horseback Riding Tours

1
night
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): cast your line with a fishing tour, identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and then find something for the whole family at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our West Yellowstone road trip website .

Traveling by car from Gardiner to West Yellowstone takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Big Sky.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

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

2
nights
Big Sky

Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Lone Peak, hike along Ousel Falls Trail, then stroll the grounds of The Soldiers Chapel, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Big Sky travel route planner .

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Big Sky in an hour. Another option is to take a shuttle. In September in Big Sky, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 32°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Missoula.

Things to do in Big Sky

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
The Soldiers Chapel ©
The Soldiers Chapel

1
night
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, examine the collection at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center, then see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and finally explore and take pictures at University of Montana.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Missoula online holiday builder .

Getting from Big Sky to Missoula by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Big Sky in October, expect Missoula to be somewhat warmer, temps between 58°F and 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Missoula

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation ©
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Fishing Charters & Tours
University of Montana
University of Montana

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Going-to-the-Sun Road and Iceberg Lake Trail. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Grinnell Glacier, admire the verdant scenery at Logan Pass, admire the sheer force of St.Mary Falls, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Goat Lick Overlook.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Glacier National Park online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Missoula to Glacier National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In October, daily temperatures in Glacier National Park can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 31°F. On the 7th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Virginia Falls ©
Virginia Falls
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

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