15 days in Montana Itinerary

15 days in Montana Itinerary

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Fly to Billings Logan International Airport, Drive to Cooke City
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Cooke City
— 1 night
Drive
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Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive
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Big Sky
— 3 nights
Drive
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Polson
— 1 night
Drive
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Whitefish
— 2 nights
Drive
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Glacier National Park
— 6 nights
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Cooke City

Cooke City-Silver Gate is a census-designated place (CDP) in Park County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Clarks Fork Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Cooke City Montana Museum, then stop by Sylvia's Sweet Shoppe, then take a memorable drive along Beartooth Hwy, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Clay Butte Fire Lookout Tower.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cooke City trip itinerary builder.

Madison to Cooke City is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Madison in July, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Cooke City: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in Cooke City

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Shopping

Side Trip

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Gardiner

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): trot along with a tour on horseback, then explore the activities along Yellowstone River, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Gardiner travel planner.

You can drive from Cooke City to Gardiner in 2 hours. In July in Gardiner, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sky.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trip

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Big Sky

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 (Send it Home, Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, &more). Next up on the itinerary: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, trek along Beehive Basin Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ousel Falls Trail, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Big Sky itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Gardiner to Big Sky in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. July in Big Sky sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Polson.

Things to do in Big Sky

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Polson

Polson is a city in Lake County, Montana, United States, on the southern shore of Flathead Lake. On the 3rd (Tue), see human ingenuity at work at Kerr Dam, then see the interesting displays at Miracle of America Museum, then stroll around Sacajawea Park, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Flathead Lake.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Polson trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Big Sky to Polson in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Big Sky in August: high temperatures in Polson hover around 83°F and lows are around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Whitefish.

Things to do in Polson

Parks · Museums · Nature

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Whitefish

Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): play a few rounds at Glacier View Golf Club, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Flathead National Forest. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Glacier National Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Whitefish travel planner.

Traveling by car from Polson to Whitefish takes 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Whitefish can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Whitefish

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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Glacier National Park

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 8th (Sun), hike the day away at Highline Trail. There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of Going-to-the-Sun Road, appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden Wall, admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls, and contemplate the waterfront views at Avalanche Lake.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Glacier National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Whitefish to Glacier National Park in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Glacier National Park are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back 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.