13 days in Montana Itinerary

13 days in Montana Itinerary

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13 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Asheville
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Billings
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Great Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Glacier National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Whitefish
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
End: Asheville

1
night
Billings

Billings ©
Billings is the largest city in the state of Montana, and is the principal city of the Billings Metropolitan Area with a population of 166,855.Billings is located in the south-eastern portion of the state and is the seat of Yellowstone County, which had a 2015 population of 157,048. On the 19th (Mon), sample the tasty concoctions at Thirsty Street Brewing Company.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Billings driving holiday planner.

Asheville to Billings is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Asheville to Billings due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Asheville in August, plan for little chillier nights in Billings, with lows around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Gardiner.

Things to do in Billings

Breweries & Distilleries Tours Outdoors
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Thirsty Street Brewing Company ©
Thirsty Street Brewing Company
Horseback Riding Tours
Yellowstone Cellars & Winery ©
Yellowstone Cellars & Winery

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 21st (Wed): look for gifts at Parks' Fly Shop, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Gardiner trip maker app .

You can drive from Billings to Gardiner in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Billings in August, expect nights in Gardiner to be cooler, around 37°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Gardiner

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing
Parks' Fly Shop ©
Parks' Fly Shop

2
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): cast your line with a fishing tour, then explore the galleries of Yellowstone Historic Center, and then identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. Keep things going the next day: have some family-friendly fun at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos, get outside with Yellowstone Nature Connection, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read West Yellowstone road trip planning website .

You can drive from Gardiner to West Yellowstone in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Great Falls.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

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

1
night
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): immerse yourself in nature at Giant Springs State Park, then get to know the fascinating history of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and then admire the masterpieces at C.M. Russell Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Great Falls online vacation planner .

Drive from West Yellowstone to Great Falls in 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 August, with highs in Great Falls at 84°F and lows at 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Great Falls

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

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 Virginia Falls and Grinnell Glacier. Spend the 26th (Mon) exploring nature at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. The adventure continues: stroll through Iceberg Lake Trail, explore the striking landscape at Jackson Glacier Overlook, admire the sheer force of Silver Staircase Falls, and admire the verdant scenery at Logan Pass.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Glacier National Park attractions 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 August in Glacier National Park, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Whitefish.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Virginia Falls ©
Virginia Falls
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road

3
nights
Whitefish

Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Glacier Distilling Company, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Great Northern Brewing Company. Here are some ideas for day two: tee off at Whitefish Lake Golf Club, tour the pleasant surroundings at City Beach, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Bonsai Brewing Project.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Whitefish itinerary planner.

You can drive from Glacier National Park to Whitefish in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In August, daytime highs in Whitefish are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Whitefish

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Glacier Distilling Company
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Glacier Distilling Company ©
Glacier Distilling Company
Whitefish Lake Golf Club ©
Whitefish Lake Golf Club

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