14 days in Montana Itinerary

14 days in Montana Itinerary

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14 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Bozeman
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Missoula
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Whitefish
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: San Francisco

1
night
Bozeman

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 28th (Fri), appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Bozeman and then explore the different monuments and memorials at The Soldiers Chapel.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Bozeman trip planner .

San Francisco to Bozeman is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Bozeman, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in Bozeman

Museums Outdoors Childrens Museums

Side Trip

The Soldiers Chapel
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Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies
American Computer & Robotics Museum ©
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 30th (Sun): explore by horseback at Wilderness Connection, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Gardiner travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Bozeman to Gardiner takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Bozeman in June; daily highs in Gardiner reach 69°F and lows reach 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
On the 1st (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, then look for gifts at Eagle's Store, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone River. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Earthquake Lake, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our West Yellowstone trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Gardiner to West Yellowstone by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in June, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Helena.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Yellowstone River ©
Yellowstone River
Fishing Charters & Tours

1
night
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. On the 3rd (Wed), get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Helena, then take an in-depth tour of Montana Historical Society Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Gates of the Mountains, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Helena.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Helena planning app .

Drive from West Yellowstone to Helena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from West Yellowstone in July: high temperatures in Helena hover around 89°F and lows are around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Helena

Parks Nature Trails
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Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena
Montana State Capitol ©
Montana State Capitol

2
nights
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. On the 4th (Thu), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, examine the collection at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center, then get in on the family fun at A Carousel for Missoula, and finally hunt for treasures at Downtown ToNite. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Kootenai Creek Trail, let the kids burn off some steam at McCormick Park, and then stroll through Rattlesnake National Recreation Area.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Missoula sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Helena to Missoula takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in July, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Kootenai Creek Trail
Highlights from your plan
Rattlesnake National Recreation Area ©
A Carousel for Missoula ©
A Carousel for Missoula

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.
Spend the 7th (Sun) exploring nature at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Going-to-the-Sun Road, admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls, explore the activities along Avalanche Lake, and appreciate the views at Logan Pass.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park road trip planning app .

Getting from Missoula to Glacier National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in Glacier National Park are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Whitefish.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
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. Venture out of the city with trips to Herron Park (in Kalispell), West Glacier (Hidden Lake & River Rafting & Tubing) and Bigfork (Jewel Basin Hiking Area, Swan River Nature Trail, & more). The adventure continues: fly down the slopes at Whitefish Mountain Resort, steep yourself in history at Conrad Mansion, stop by Willow's HuckleberryLand, and sample the fine beverages at Glacier Distilling Company.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Whitefish trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Whitefish takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In July in Whitefish, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Whitefish

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Bigfork, Kalispell, West Glacier, Willow's HuckleberryLand, Depot Park
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Whitefish Mountain Resort ©
Whitefish Mountain Resort
Conrad Mansion ©
Conrad Mansion

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