12 days in Montana Itinerary

12 days in Montana Itinerary

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12 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Bozeman
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Great Falls
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Glacier National Park
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
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 1st (Mon), admire the sheer force of Palisade Falls. On your second day here, browse for treasures at The Last Wind-Up, then get a new perspective on nature at Museum of the Rockies, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally stroll the grounds of The Soldiers Chapel.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Bozeman tour itinerary planner.

San Francisco to Bozeman is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in July: highs in Bozeman hover around 86°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

The Soldiers Chapel
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies
Downtown Bozeman ©
Downtown Bozeman

1
night
Gardiner

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
On the 4th (Thu), get interesting insight from Tours and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Gardiner trip planner .

You can drive from Bozeman to Gardiner in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Bozeman in July; daily highs in Gardiner reach 77°F and lows reach 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
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 5th (Fri): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun. Here are some ideas for day two: trot along with a tour on horseback, then look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and then steep yourself in history at Yellowstone Historic Center.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our West Yellowstone trip app .

Getting from Gardiner to West Yellowstone by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Fishing Charters & Tours
Horseback Riding Tours

2
nights
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at C.M. Russell Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Giant Springs State Park, then catch a live performance at Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and finally take an in-depth tour of Ursuline Centre. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Spirit Catholic Parish, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Ann Cathedral, then trek along River's Edge Trail, and finally steep yourself in history at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Great Falls route tool .

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Great Falls takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from West Yellowstone in July, expect Great Falls to be somewhat warmer, temps between 86°F and 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
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Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©

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.
Get outdoors at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and Virginia Falls. And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Going-to-the-Sun Road, trek along Iceberg Lake Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Highline Trail, and contemplate the waterfront views at Avalanche Lake.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Glacier National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Glacier National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car. In July, daily temperatures in Glacier National Park can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

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