12 days in Montana Itinerary

12 days in Montana Itinerary

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12 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Salt Lake City
Fly:  3​h 30​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
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Glacier National Park
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Salt Lake City

2
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. Get some cultural insight at Museum of the Rockies and American Computer Museum. Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Ousel Falls Trail. Take a break from Bozeman with a short trip to The Soldiers Chapel in Big Sky, about 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Bozeman, grab your bike and head to Middle Cottonwood Trailhead, browse for treasures at The Last Wind-Up, and admire all the interesting features of Haynes Pavilion and Ressler Motors Ice Rink.

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

Salt Lake City to Bozeman is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. When traveling from Salt Lake City in August, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Bozeman: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 47°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Gardiner.

Things to do in Bozeman

Museums Parks Trails

Side Trip

Big Sky
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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then look for gifts at Yellowstone Gifts & Sweets.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Gardiner trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Bozeman to Gardiner in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Bozeman in August; daily highs in Gardiner reach 75°F and lows reach 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Gardiner

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
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 9th (Fri): get your game on at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos, get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, and then contemplate the long history of Earthquake Lake. On your second day here, take a memorable tour with Tours, identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and then get to know the fascinating history of Yellowstone Historic Center.

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Traveling by car from Gardiner to West Yellowstone takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Wildlife Theme Parks Parks
Highlights from your plan
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Fishing Charters & Tours
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun ©
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun

1
night
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. On the 11th (Sun), explore the world behind art at C.M. Russell Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and then play a few rounds at Valley View Garden Golf.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Great Falls trip builder app .

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 August, expect Great Falls to be somewhat warmer, temps between 84°F and 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Great Falls

Golf Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Valley View Garden Golf ©
Valley View Garden Golf
C.M. Russell Museum ©
C.M. Russell Museum

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and Iceberg Lake Trail. The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, explore the activities along Avalanche Lake, explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier, and take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Glacier National Park trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Great Falls to Glacier National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car. August in Glacier National Park sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Logan Pass ©
Logan Pass
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

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