15 days in Montana, Idaho & Utah Itinerary

15 days in Montana, Idaho & Utah Itinerary

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

Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. Kids will appreciate attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. Change things up with a short trip to Yellowstone Big Gun Fun in West Yellowstone (about 1 hour away). And it doesn't end there: trot along with a tour on horseback, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lone Peak, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ousel Falls Trail, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

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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. While traveling from Charlotte, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Big Sky, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Gardiner.
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Gardiner — 2 nights

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone River. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Wed): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then explore by horseback at Wilderness Connection.

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Drive from Big Sky to Gardiner in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. In July, daytime highs in Gardiner are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can fly to West Glacier.
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West Glacier — 4 nights

West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Glacier National Park. Get out of town with these interesting West Glacier side-trips: Glacier National Park (Virginia Falls, Going-to-the-Sun Road, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Siyeh Pass and trek along Trail of the Cedars.

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Getting from Gardiner to West Glacier by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. In July, West Glacier is somewhat warmer than Gardiner - with highs of 85°F and lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Stanley.
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Stanley — 2 nights

Stanley is a town in Custer County, Idaho, United States. Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then contemplate the waterfront views at Stanley Lake. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

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Traveling by flight from West Glacier to Stanley takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Expect slightly colder evenings in Stanley when traveling from West Glacier in July, with lows around 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Moab.
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Moab — 4 nights

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Arches National Park and River Rafting & Tubing. Make the 15th (Fri) a memorable day with a climbing tour. There's much more to do: see Off-Road Tours, trot along with a tour on horseback, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

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Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Stanley to Moab takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Stanley in July, expect nights in Moab to be much warmer, around 67°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 97°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.
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Montana travel guide

4.7
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.
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Idaho travel guide

4.5
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.
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Utah travel guide

4.8
Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Scenic Drive
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.
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