14 days in Montana Itinerary

14 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana journey planner
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Make it your trip
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Big Sky
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cooke City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gardiner
— 3 nights
Fly
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West Glacier
— 5 nights
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Big Sky — 3 nights

Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. Big Sky is known for adventure, winter sports, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ousel Falls Trail, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lone Peak.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Big Sky journey planning app.

Fort Lauderdale to Big Sky is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Big Sky due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Fort Lauderdale in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Big Sky, with highs around 77°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive to Cooke City.
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Cooke City — 2 nights

Cooke City-Silver Gate is a census-designated place (CDP) in Park County, Montana, United States. On the 31st (Sun), get a new perspective on nature at Yellowstone Trading Post, then trek along Clarks Fork Trail, and then look for gifts at Sylvia's Sweet Shoppe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Clay Butte Fire Lookout Tower and then cruise along Beartooth Hwy.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cooke City trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Big Sky to Cooke City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. July in Cooke City sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Gardiner.
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Gardiner — 3 nights

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Change things up with these side-trips from Gardiner: West Yellowstone (Yellowstone Big Gun Fun & Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center). And it doesn't end there: trot along with a tour on horseback, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, ride a horse along Wilderness Connection, and contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone River.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Gardiner trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Cooke City to Gardiner by car takes about 2 hours. In August in Gardiner, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to fly to West Glacier.
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Side Trip

West Glacier — 5 nights

West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from West Glacier: Eric Thorsen Art Studio (in Bigfork) and Glacier National Park (Virginia Falls, Going-to-the-Sun Road, &more). There's still lots to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, hike along Siyeh Pass, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Trail of the Cedars.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, read West Glacier trip planner.

You can fly from Gardiner to West Glacier in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Gardiner in August, with highs in West Glacier at 83°F and lows at 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow time for the flight back home.
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Montana travel guide

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The Crown of the Continent
With a population of only one million, Montana remains an untouched natural paradise of snowcapped peaks, expansive forests, and alpine lakes, dotted with Old West ghost towns, Indian reservations, and progressive urban communities. Appreciate the state's unique charm and beauty with a trip to Glacier National Park, where you can come face-to-face with Montana wildlife among its high peaks. Head to the state's largest cities, Billings and Missoula, for an array of historical attractions and cultural sightseeing.
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