15 days in Montana Itinerary

15 days in Montana Itinerary

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Bozeman
— 1 night
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Gardiner
— 1 night
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West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
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Helena
— 2 nights
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Missoula
— 2 nights
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Glacier National Park
— 5 nights
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Bozeman

— 1 night
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): see the interesting displays at American Computer & Robotics Museum, get to know the resident critters at Montana Grizzly Encounter, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bozeman Spirits Distillery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Palisade Falls and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

Before you visit Bozeman, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Charlotte to Bozeman is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Charlotte in August, Bozeman is much colder at night with lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks · Tours · Adventure · Outdoors

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 8th (Mon): trot along with a tour on horseback and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Gardiner travel route builder website.

Traveling by car from Bozeman to Gardiner takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Bozeman in August, expect Gardiner to be a bit cooler, temps between 75°F and 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Gardiner

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

West Yellowstone

— 3 nights
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Earthquake Lake and Ousel Falls Trail. Explore West Yellowstone's surroundings by going to Big Sky (Big Sky Resort & Lone Peak). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, trot along with a tour on horseback, look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the West Yellowstone day trip planning website.

Getting from Gardiner to West Yellowstone by car takes about 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in West Yellowstone are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Helena.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Helena

— 2 nights
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County. On the 12th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Montana Historical Society Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Gates of the Mountains, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Ten Mile Creek Brewery. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have fun and explore at ExplorationWorks, get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Helena.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Helena trip planner.

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Helena in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from West Yellowstone in August, expect Helena to be somewhat warmer, temps between 86°F and 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Helena

Museums · Nature · Wildlife · Parks

Missoula

— 2 nights
Missoula is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): examine the collection at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: walk around Jacob Island Dog Park, find something for the whole family at A Carousel for Missoula, then stop by Grizzly Hackle Fly Shop, and finally identify plant and animal life at National Bison Range.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Missoula trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Helena to Missoula by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Missoula

Tours · Adventure · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Glacier National Park

— 5 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Grinnell Glacier and Iceberg Lake Trail. On the 17th (Wed), hike the day away at Highline Trail. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at St. Mary Lake, explore and take pictures at Going-to-the-Sun Road, take some stellar pictures from Jackson Glacier Overlook, and admire the verdant scenery at Logan Pass.

To find reviews and more tourist information, read Glacier National Park travel route planner.

Drive from Missoula to Glacier National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In August, daytime highs in Glacier National Park are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. On the 20th (Sat), you're off to home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Montana travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Wildlife Areas
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.