13 days in Montana Itinerary

13 days in Montana Itinerary

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13 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
— 3 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 22nd (Mon), stroll through East Gallatin Recreation Area Park - Bozeman Beach. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bozeman Spirits Distillery, learn more about the world around you at Museum of the Rockies, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at The Soldiers Chapel.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Bozeman day trip site .

San Francisco to Bozeman is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Francisco to Bozeman. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Bozeman, with highs around 86°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors Tours Museums

Side Trip

The Soldiers Chapel
Highlights from your plan
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and then stop by Yellowstone Gifts & Sweets.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Gardiner trip builder .

Drive from Bozeman to Gardiner in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Bozeman in July: high temperatures in Gardiner hover around 77°F and lows are around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Gardiner

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

3
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Get in touch with nature at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and Yellowstone Nature Connection. There's still lots to do: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, appreciate the extensive heritage of Yellowstone Historic Center, get your game on at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read West Yellowstone trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Gardiner to West Yellowstone takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in July, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Great Falls.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Fishing Charters & Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. On the 29th (Mon), trek along River's Edge Trail, identify plant and animal life at Giant Springs State Park, and then get to know the fascinating history of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at C.M. Russell Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Ann Cathedral, then get engrossed in the history at The History Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park.

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Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Great Falls takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from West Yellowstone in July; daily highs in Great Falls reach 86°F and lows reach 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
Highlights from your plan
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and Going-to-the-Sun Road. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier, admire the sheer force of St.Mary Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Highline Trail, and admire the verdant scenery at Logan Pass.

To find out how to plan a trip to Glacier National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

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. July in Glacier National Park sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

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