11 days in Montana Itinerary

11 days in Montana Itinerary

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11 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly + taxi:  9​h 45​min
1
Glacier National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Whitefish
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Gardiner
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Charlotte

4
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.
Glacier National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, trails, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore and take pictures at Going-to-the-Sun Road, take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier, explore the activities along Avalanche Lake, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Glacier National Park online day trip planner .

Charlotte to Glacier National Park is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Charlotte to Glacier National Park due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Charlotte, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Glacier National Park, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Whitefish.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

2
nights
Whitefish

Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): explore the activities along Swan Lake and then stroll through Whitefish Mountain Resort. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Swan River Nature Trail and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Whitefish tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Glacier National Park to Whitefish in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and train. In July, daily temperatures in Whitefish can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Whitefish

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Bigfork, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Whitefish Mountain Resort ©
Whitefish Mountain Resort

2
nights
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 7th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Yellowstone Historic Center, identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and then cast your line with a fishing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): head outdoors with Yellowstone Nature Connection and then explore the activities along Yellowstone River.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the West Yellowstone online trip maker .

Fly from Whitefish to West Yellowstone in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Whitefish in July, things will get slightly colder in West Yellowstone: highs are around 77°F and lows about 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Gardiner.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Yellowstone River ©
Yellowstone River

2
nights
Gardiner

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
On the 9th (Thu), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

Before you visit Gardiner, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Gardiner in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Gardiner are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gardiner

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

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