15 days in Montana, Idaho & Utah Itinerary

15 days in Montana, Idaho & Utah Itinerary

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Big Sky
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
West Glacier
— 4 nights
— 2 nights
Fly to Salt Lake City, Shuttle to Moab
— 4 nights


Big Sky — 2 nights

Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. Bring the kids along to River Rafting & Tubing and Horseback Riding Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Big Sky: West Yellowstone (Yellowstone Big Gun Fun & Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center). There's much more to do: trek along Ousel Falls Trail, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lone Peak, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Big Sky trip itinerary site.

Charlotte to Big Sky is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Charlotte to Big Sky. Traveling from Charlotte in July, expect nights in Big Sky to be much colder, around 39°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Gardiner.
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
Side Trip

Gardiner — 2 nights

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone River. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Outdoor Activities and then ride a horse along Wilderness Connection.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Gardiner road trip website.

Drive from Big Sky to Gardiner in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. July in Gardiner sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to fly to West Glacier.
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature
Side Trip

West Glacier — 4 nights

West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. Kids will enjoy River Rafting & Tubing and Glacier National Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near West Glacier: Glacier National Park (Virginia Falls, Going-to-the-Sun Road, &more). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Siyeh Pass and hike along Trail of the Cedars.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our West Glacier trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Gardiner to West Glacier takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Gardiner in July, with highs in West Glacier at 85°F and lows at 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Stanley.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
Side Trip

Stanley — 2 nights

Stanley is a town in Custer County, Idaho, United States. On the 22nd (Fri), trot along with a tour on horseback and then explore the activities along Stanley Lake. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Stanley road trip planning website.

You can fly from West Glacier to Stanley in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Expect little chillier evenings in Stanley when traveling from West Glacier in July, with lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Moab.
Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Nature

Moab — 4 nights

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Attractions like Arches National Park and Off-Road Tours make great kid-friendly stops. Make the 26th (Tue) a memorable day with a climbing tour. There's lots more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

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Getting from Stanley to Moab by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or drive. While traveling from Stanley, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Moab, ranging from highs of 97°F to lows of 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Nature

Montana travel guide

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.

Idaho travel guide

River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Waterfalls
The Gem State
The mountainous state of Idaho houses some of the country's largest stretches of unspoiled nature. There are plenty of opportunities for adventurous holidays here, with rapids, canyons, snow-capped mountains, expansive lakes, and waterfalls higher than Niagara Falls. Those on vacation with access to a car can enjoy some of the most scenic drives in the nation while traversing Idaho's rugged landscape. Boise, the state's capital and most populous city, provides cultural attractions such as museums, galleries, and theater. The students of Boise State University contribute to the city's vibrant and growing nightlife scene.

Utah travel guide

Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · National Parks
The Beehive State
A huge but sparsely populated land, Utah remains a major holiday destination offering plenty of year-round outdoor vacation ideas, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and camping. The rugged terrain, defined by towering mountain peaks, deep canyons, and vast deserts, seems custom-made for adventurous nature lovers. With five national parks, the state has no shortage of pristine wilderness areas, causing many tourists to overlook the cultural attractions of its towns. Salt Lake City, the state's capital, features the headquarters of the Mormon Church, and draws over 5 million annual visitors. Utah also hosts several major film festivals each year, attracting young movie buffs from around the world.