13 days in Montana Itinerary

13 days in Montana Itinerary

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13 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
1
Cooke City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Gardiner
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
4
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Dallas

2
nights
Cooke City

Cooke City ©
Cooke City-Silver Gate is a census-designated place (CDP) in Park County, Montana, United States. On the 4th (Thu), stop by Sylvia's Sweet Shoppe. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Beartooth Highway, then explore and take pictures at Lamar Valley, and then take an in-depth tour of Cooke City Montana Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cooke City trip itinerary tool .

Dallas to Cooke City is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Dallas to Cooke City. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Dallas in July: high temperatures in Cooke City hover around 73°F and lows are around 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Gardiner.

Things to do in Cooke City

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Yellowstone National Park, Beartooth Hwy
Highlights from your plan
Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Artist Point ©
Artist Point

3
nights
Gardiner

Gardiner ©
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Get in touch with nature at Mount Washburn and Horseback Riding Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Gardiner: Yellowstone National Park (Lehardy's Rapids & Hayden Valley). Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Mammoth Hot Springs and identify plant and animal life at Old Gardiner Road.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Gardiner trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Cooke City to Gardiner takes 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Gardiner

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park
Highlights from your plan
Hayden Valley ©
Hayden Valley
Mount Washburn ©
Mount Washburn
Mammoth Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Hot Springs

3
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Escape the urban bustle at Firehole Canyon Drive and Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around West Yellowstone: Yellowstone National Park (Gibbon Falls, Grand Prismatic Spring, & more).

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the West Yellowstone trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Gardiner to West Yellowstone in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in July, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park
Highlights from your plan
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Yellowstone National Park ©
Yellowstone National 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Virginia Falls and Avalanche Lake. The adventure continues: cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road, take in the dramatic natural features at Jackson Glacier Overlook, trek along Highline Trail, and stroll through Grinnell Glacier.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park trip planner .

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Glacier National Park in 7.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from West Yellowstone in July: high temperatures in Glacier National Park hover around 85°F and lows are around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Highline Trail ©
Highline Trail
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road

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