15 days in Missoula, Glacier National Park & West Yellowstone Itinerary

15 days in Missoula, Glacier National Park & West Yellowstone Itinerary

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15 days in Missoula, Glacier National Park & West Yellowstone Itinerary

Start: Missoula
1
Missoula
— 8 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
3
West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
End: Missoula

8
nights
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. Your inner history buff will appreciate Garnet Ghost Town and St. Ignatius Mission. Get outdoors at National Bison Range and Travelers' Rest State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Missoula: Garden of One Thousand Buddhas (in Arlee), River Rafting & Tubing (in Alberton) and Polson (Flathead Lake & Miracle of America Museum (MoAM)). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Daly Mansion, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Francis Xavier Church, look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and admire the majestic nature at Flathead Lake State Park.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Missoula road trip planning app .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Missoula. June in Missoula sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Polson, National Bison Range, Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine, Garden of One Thousand Buddhas, St. Ignatius Mission
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National Bison Range ©
National Bison Range
Fishing Charters & Tours
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation ©
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

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.
On the 8th (Mon), appreciate the views at Logan Pass, then take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, and then admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Garden Wall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Grinnell Glacier, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Highline Trail, and finally explore the striking landscape at Jackson Glacier Overlook.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park route app .

Drive from Missoula to Glacier National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. July in Glacier National Park sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

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

3
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 11th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Lamar Valley, then look for all kinds of wild species at Lehardy's Rapids, and then take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, then get to know the fascinating history of Uncle Tom's Trail, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of S Rim Trail.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the West Yellowstone road trip tool .

Getting from Glacier National Park to West Yellowstone by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle. In July, West Yellowstone is little chillier than Glacier National Park - with highs of 77°F and lows of 39°F. On the 13th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park
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Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

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