12 days in Montana Itinerary

12 days in Montana Itinerary

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12 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Raleigh
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Billings
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Bozeman
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
West Yellowstone
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
West Glacier
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
6
Big Sky
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Raleigh

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Billings

Billings is the largest city in the state of Montana, and is the principal city of the Billings Metropolitan Area with a population of 166,855.Billings is located in the south-eastern portion of the state and is the seat of Yellowstone County, which had a 2015 population of 157,048. To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Billings day trip site .

Raleigh to Billings is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In June, Billings is a bit cooler than Raleigh - with highs of 80°F and lows of 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bozeman.

Things to do in Billings

Outdoors Tours Shopping
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Horseback Riding Tours
Scheels ©
Scheels

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 29th (Mon), get a new perspective on nature at Museum of the Rockies, appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Bozeman, and then meet the residents at Montana Grizzly Encounter.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Bozeman online holiday maker .

You can drive from Billings to Bozeman in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Billings in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 45°F in Bozeman. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Gardiner.

Things to do in Bozeman

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies
Downtown Bozeman ©
Downtown Bozeman
Montana Grizzly Encounter ©
Montana Grizzly Encounter

1
night
Gardiner

Gardiner ©
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, explore the striking landscape at Golden Gate Canyon, and then take in the natural beauty of Mammoth Hot Springs.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Gardiner route maker app .

Getting from Bozeman to Gardiner by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June, Gardiner is slightly colder than Bozeman - with highs of 69°F and lows of 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Gardiner

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Hot Springs
Horseback Riding Tours
Golden Gate Canyon ©
Golden Gate Canyon

1
night
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
On the 1st (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Firehole Canyon Drive, then hike along Purple Mountain Trail, and then identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the West Yellowstone trip planning app .

You can drive from Gardiner to West Yellowstone in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in West Yellowstone sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to West Glacier.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park
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Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Firehole Canyon Drive ©
Firehole Canyon Drive
Purple Mountain Trail ©
Purple Mountain Trail

3
nights
West Glacier

West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from West Glacier: Glacier National Park (Grinnell Glacier, Garden Wall, & more). The adventure continues: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and take in the dramatic scenery at Silver Staircase Falls.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the West Glacier trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from West Yellowstone to West Glacier by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and train. Traveling from West Yellowstone in July, things will get a bit warmer in West Glacier: highs are around 85°F and lows about 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in West Glacier

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Glacier National Park
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road

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nights
Big Sky

Big Sky ©
Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. On the 6th (Mon), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Soldiers Chapel, and then take in the natural beauty of Norris Geyser Basin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): hike along Ousel Falls Trail, then head outdoors with Grizzly Outfitters Ski & Backcountry Sports, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Big Sky route builder app .

Traveling by car from West Glacier to Big Sky takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In July, Big Sky is slightly colder than West Glacier - with highs of 77°F and lows of 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Big Sky

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Norris Geyser Basin
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Norris Geyser Basin ©
Norris Geyser Basin
The Soldiers Chapel ©
The Soldiers Chapel

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