12 days in Montana Itinerary

12 days in Montana Itinerary

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12 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
West Glacier
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
2
Gardiner
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Bozeman
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

5
nights
West Glacier

West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near West Glacier: Glacier National Park (Highline Trail, Grinnell Glacier, & more). Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get engrossed in the history at Depot Park, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McDonald.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the West Glacier online tour planner .

Washington DC to West Glacier is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Washington DC to West Glacier. Expect much colder evenings in West Glacier when traveling from Washington DC in July, with lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Gardiner.

Things to do in West Glacier

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Glacier National Park, Depot Park
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River Rafting & Tubing
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road

3
nights
Gardiner

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Get out of town with these interesting Gardiner side-trips: Cooke City (Cooke City Montana Museum & Clarks Fork Trail) and West Yellowstone (Yellowstone Historic Center, Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, & more). There's lots more to do: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, explore the activities along Yellowstone River, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and cruise along Beartooth Hwy.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Gardiner online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from West Glacier to Gardiner in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and car. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from West Glacier in July; daily highs in Gardiner reach 77°F and lows reach 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bozeman.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

West Yellowstone, Cooke City, Beartooth Hwy
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Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center

3
nights
Bozeman

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 17th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of American Computer & Robotics Museum, learn more about the world around you at Museum of the Rockies, and then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Last Wind-Up. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at The Soldiers Chapel, hike along Ousel Falls Trail, then take in the awesome beauty at Lone Peak, and finally fly down the slopes at Big Sky Resort.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Bozeman planner .

Drive from Gardiner to Bozeman in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Gardiner in July: high temperatures in Bozeman hover around 86°F and lows are around 50°F. On the 19th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bozeman

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Big Sky
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Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies
American Computer & Robotics Museum ©
Fishing Charters & Tours

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