12 days in Montana Itinerary

12 days in Montana Itinerary

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12 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Ely
Drive:  8​h 15​min
1
Gardiner
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Great Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  11​h
End: Ely

3
nights
Gardiner

Gardiner ©
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Take a break from the city and head to Mount Washburn and Lamar Valley. Change things up with these side-trips from Gardiner: Yellowstone National Park (Hayden Valley & Artist Point). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Undine Falls, take in the awesome beauty at Old Gardiner Road, and explore the striking landscape at Golden Gate Canyon.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Gardiner trip planning tool .

Reno to Gardiner is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Reno to Gardiner is 1 hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Reno in June: highs in Gardiner hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Gardiner

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park
Highlights from your plan
Mount Washburn ©
Mount Washburn
Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley
Hayden Valley ©
Hayden Valley

3
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Step out of the city life by going to Yellowstone National Park and Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Change things up with these side-trips from West Yellowstone: Yellowstone National Park (Gibbon Falls, Grand Prismatic Spring, & more). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for West Yellowstone using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gardiner to West Yellowstone takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in West Yellowstone, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park
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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

1
night
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. On the 4th (Thu), explore the world behind art at C.M. Russell Museum, see a show at Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, then identify plant and animal life at Giant Springs State Park, and finally take an in-depth tour of Ursuline Centre.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Great Falls itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Great Falls takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, car, and bus; or fly. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from West Yellowstone in July, with highs in Great Falls at 86°F and lows at 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
C.M. Russell Museum ©
C.M. Russell Museum

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.
Get in touch with nature at Virginia Falls and Iceberg Lake Trail. And it doesn't end there: cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road, appreciate the views at Logan Pass, admire the sheer force of St.Mary Falls, and contemplate the waterfront views at Avalanche Lake.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Glacier National Park online day trip planner .

You can drive from Great Falls to Glacier National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and train. July in Glacier National Park sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail

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