15 days in Montana Itinerary

15 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana trip itinerary planner

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Fly to Glacier Park International Airport, Drive to Whitefish
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Whitefish
— 3 nights
Drive
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Glacier National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive
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Big Sky
— 3 nights
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Whitefish

— 3 nights
Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Whitefish: Eric Thorsen Art Studio (in Bigfork), Polson (Flathead Lake & Miracle of America Museum) and West Glacier (Hidden Lake, River Rafting & Tubing, &more). It doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Whitefish Depot and get engrossed in the history at Depot Park.

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Naples, Italy to Whitefish is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Naples to Whitefish. Traveling from Naples in August, expect nights in Whitefish to be much colder, around 10°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Whitefish

Nature · Parks · Museums · Adventure

Side Trips

Glacier National Park

— 6 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.
On the 10th (Tue), hike the day away at Highline Trail. Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Going-to-the-Sun Road, trek along Iceberg Lake Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McDonald, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Avalanche Lake.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park trip maker website.

Drive from Whitefish to Glacier National Park in 1.5 hours. In August in Glacier National Park, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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 11th (Wed): trot along with a tour on horseback, explore the activities along Yellowstone River, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Gardiner trip maker site.

Getting from Glacier National Park to Gardiner by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of car and bus. In August, Gardiner is slightly colder than Glacier National Park - with highs of 28°C and lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Big Sky.

Things to do in Gardiner

Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Big Sky

— 3 nights
Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. Explore Big Sky's surroundings by going to West Yellowstone (Museum of the Yellowstone, Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, &more). Next up on the itinerary: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lone Peak, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Big Sky holiday planner.

You can drive from Gardiner to Big Sky in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Big Sky

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.