12 days in Montana Itinerary

12 days in Montana Itinerary

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12 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Bozeman
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
West Yellowstone
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Great Falls
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Whitefish
— 2 nights
Fly + foot:  10​h
End: New York City

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 3rd (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Bozeman and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bozeman Spirits Distillery.

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New York City to Bozeman is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much colder in Bozeman, with lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in Bozeman

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
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Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies
American Computer & Robotics Museum ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): look for gifts at Parks' Fly Shop, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Gardiner day trip planning app .

You can drive from Bozeman to Gardiner in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Bozeman in June, expect Gardiner to be little chillier, temps between 69°F and 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing
Parks' Fly Shop ©
Parks' Fly Shop

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 6th (Thu), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get to know the fascinating history of Yellowstone Historic Center, and then identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the West Yellowstone travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Gardiner to West Yellowstone takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Great Falls.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

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

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 (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Ann Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at C.M. Russell Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Ursuline Centre, and finally tee off at Meadow Lark Country Club. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, then get to know the fascinating history of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and then immerse yourself in nature at Giant Springs State Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Great Falls vacation maker site .

Getting from West Yellowstone to Great Falls by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, car, and bus; or fly. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from West Yellowstone in June: high temperatures in Great Falls hover around 76°F and lows are around 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Great Falls

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
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First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park ©
C.M. Russell Museum ©
C.M. Russell Museum
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and Virginia Falls. There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Going-to-the-Sun Road, trek along Highline Trail, explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier, and stroll through Iceberg Lake Trail.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Glacier National Park online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Glacier National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and train. In June in Glacier National Park, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Whitefish.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

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

2
nights
Whitefish

Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. On the 12th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at City Beach and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Conrad Mansion, then view the masterpieces at Sunti World Art Gallery, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Glacier Distilling Company.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Whitefish trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Whitefish takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Whitefish

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Conrad Mansion, Glacier Distilling Company, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Conrad Mansion ©
Conrad Mansion
City Beach ©
City Beach

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