13 days in Yellowstone Country Itinerary

13 days in Yellowstone Country Itinerary

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13 days in Yellowstone Country Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly + Drive:  13 h 30 min
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
West Yellowstone
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
— 6 nights
Fly:  10 h 45 min
End: Ottawa


Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
On the 26th (Sun), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, look for gifts at Parks' Fly Shop, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Here are some ideas for day two: ride a horse along Wilderness Connection and then take in the natural beauty of Chico Hot Springs.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Gardiner day trip website .

Ottawa, Canada to Gardiner is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Ottawa to Gardiner is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Ottawa in July, expect colder with lows of 4°C in Gardiner. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Chico Hot Springs
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Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing
Parks' Fly Shop ©
Parks' Fly Shop

West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Change things up with these side-trips from West Yellowstone: Big Sky (Lone Peak, Grizzly Outfitters Ski & Backcountry Sports, &more). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, contemplate the long history of Earthquake Lake, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the West Yellowstone trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Gardiner to West Yellowstone in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, daytime highs in West Yellowstone are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Big Sky
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Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun ©
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun
Yellowstone River ©
Yellowstone River


Bozeman ©
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Get out of town with these interesting Bozeman side-trips: Big Sky (The Soldiers Chapel, Horseback Riding Tours, &more) and Three Forks (Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park & Missouri Headwaters State Park). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Rockies, examine the collection at American Computer & Robotics Museum, look for gifts at The Last Wind-Up, and get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Bozeman.

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Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Bozeman takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from West Yellowstone in July: high temperatures in Bozeman hover around 35°C and lows are around 11°C. You will leave for home on the 6th (Thu).

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Big Sky, Three Forks
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Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park ©
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park
Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies
American Computer & Robotics Museum ©