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 11th (Sun): 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 explore and take pictures at Beartooth Hwy, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Clay Butte Fire Lookout Tower.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cooke City travel itinerary planner.

Madison to Cooke City is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Madison to Cooke City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Madison in July, you will find days in Cooke City are slightly colder (73°F), and nights are cooler (39°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in Cooke City

Outdoors · Shopping · Parks · Trails

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then explore the activities along Yellowstone River, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Gardiner online tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Cooke City to Gardiner takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in July, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Big Sky.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Big Sky

Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Big Sky: West Yellowstone (Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, &more). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, hike along Ousel Falls Trail, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lone Peak.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Big Sky online vacation maker.

You can drive from Gardiner to Big Sky in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and shuttle. In July, daily temperatures in Big Sky can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Polson.

Things to do in Big Sky

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

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 17th (Sat), admire the engineering at Kerr Dam, examine the collection at Miracle of America Museum, then stroll around Sacajawea Park, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Flathead Lake.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Polson trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Big Sky to Polson takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Big Sky in July: high temperatures in Polson hover around 85°F and lows are around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) 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. On the 18th (Sun), make a splash at Big Sky Water Park, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Glacier Distilling Company. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Glacier National Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Whitefish visit planning tool.

Getting from Polson to Whitefish by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July in Whitefish, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Whitefish

Parks · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors

Side Trips

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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.
Glacier National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road, get to know the fascinating history of Garden Wall, explore the activities along Swiftcurrent Falls, and explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Whitefish to Glacier National Park in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Glacier National Park can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.