12 days in Montana & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

12 days in Montana & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

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Fly
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Bozeman
Drive
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West Yellowstone
— 1 night
Drive
3
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Whitehall
— 1 night
Drive
5
Great Falls
— 3 nights
Drive
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Glacier National Park
— 4 nights
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Bozeman

Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bozeman Spirits Distillery.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Bozeman trip planner.

San Diego to Bozeman is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from San Diego in September, expect nights in Bozeman to be much colder, around 41°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Bozeman

Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your trip

West Yellowstone

— 1 night
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
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Traveling by car from Bozeman to West Yellowstone takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In September, West Yellowstone is little chillier than Bozeman - with highs of 64°F and lows of 32°F. On the 9th (Wed), you're off to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Yellowstone National Park

— 2 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Step out of the city life by going to Grand Prismatic Spring and Boiling River. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Midway Geyser Basin and Castle Geyser. There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin, explore the striking landscape at Aurum Geyser, get outside with Morning Glory Pool, and trot along with Yellowstone Wilderness Outfitters.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park trip maker tool.

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Yellowstone National Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In September in Yellowstone National Park, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 33°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Whitehall.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Spas

Whitehall

— 1 night
Whitehall is a town in Jefferson County, Montana, United States. You've now added Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park to your itinerary. On the 11th (Fri), admire the majestic nature at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Whitehall online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Yellowstone National Park to Whitehall in 4 hours. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September, you will find days in Whitehall are somewhat warmer (67°F), and nights are about the same (38°F). You'll set off for Great Falls on the 12th (Sat).

Things to do in Whitehall

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Great Falls

— 3 nights
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Escape the urban bustle at Giant Springs State Park and First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park. Explore hidden gems such as C.M. Russell Museum and Fort Benton Museums & Heritage Complex. Step out of Great Falls with an excursion to Fort Benton Bridge in Fort Benton--about 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge, play a few rounds at Valley View Garden Golf, get engrossed in the history at Ursuline Centre, and get a new perspective on things with Montana River Outfitters - Day Tours.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Great Falls online vacation maker.

You can drive from Whitehall to Great Falls in 2.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Whitehall in September since evenings lows in Great Falls dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Glacier National Park

— 4 nights

Crown of the Continent

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.
Visiting Going-to-the-Sun Road and McDonald Creek will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Iceberg Lake Trail and Fishercap Lake. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls, take some stellar pictures from Jackson Glacier Overlook, hike along Cracker Lake Hike, and contemplate the waterfront views at Bullhead Lake.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Glacier National Park trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Great Falls to Glacier National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. September in Glacier National Park sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Montana travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Wildlife Areas
The Crown of the Continent
With a population of only one million, Montana remains an untouched natural paradise of snowcapped peaks, expansive forests, and alpine lakes, dotted with Old West ghost towns, Indian reservations, and progressive urban communities. Appreciate the state's unique charm and beauty with a trip to Glacier National Park, where you can come face-to-face with Montana wildlife among its high peaks. Head to the state's largest cities, Billings and Missoula, for an array of historical attractions and cultural sightseeing.