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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Bozeman
— 3 nights
Drive
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Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive
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West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
Drive
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Helena
— 2 nights
Drive
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Glacier National Park
— 4 nights
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Bozeman

— 3 nights
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Change things up with these side-trips from Bozeman: Livingston (Yellowstone Gateway Museum & Yellowstone Guidelines) and Big Sky (River Rafting & Tubing & Horseback Riding Tours). There's lots more to do: look and learn at Museum of the Rockies, stop by Montana Gift Corral, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Montana Grizzly Encounter, and take an in-depth tour of American Computer & Robotics Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Bozeman trip itinerary builder app.

Sacramento to Bozeman is an approximately 6-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. Traveling from Sacramento in May, things will get a bit cooler in Bozeman: highs are around 65°F and lows about 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gardiner

— 1 night
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Gardiner road trip planning site.

You can drive from Bozeman to Gardiner in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Bozeman in May; daily highs in Gardiner reach 57°F and lows reach 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

West Yellowstone

— 3 nights
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
West Yellowstone is known for parks, nature, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, cast your line with a fishing tour, and get outside with Madison River Outfitters.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the West Yellowstone online day trip planner.

You can drive from Gardiner to West Yellowstone in 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in West Yellowstone are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Helena.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Helena

— 2 nights
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): ponder the world of politics at Montana State Capitol, then take an in-depth tour of Montana Historical Society Museum, and then explore the striking landscape of Gates of the Mountains. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cast your line with Montana Fishing Outfitters and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Helena.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Helena itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Helena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from West Yellowstone in May, expect Helena to be somewhat warmer, temps between 67°F and 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Helena

Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature · Parks

Glacier National Park

— 4 nights

Crown of the Continent

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.
Glacier National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier, trek along Trail of the Cedars, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McDonald, and stroll through Avalanche Lake.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park trip app.

You can drive from Helena to Glacier National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and car. In May in Glacier National Park, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 38°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Montana travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Nature & Parks
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.