15 days in Montana Itinerary

15 days in Montana Itinerary

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Fly to Billings Logan International Airport, Drive to Hardin
— 1 night
Cooke City
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
Big Sky
— 4 nights
West Glacier
— 5 nights
Drive to Missoula International Airport, Fly to Washington


Hardin — 1 night

Hardin is a city in and the county seat of Big Horn County, Montana, United States. On the 1st (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Big Horn County Historical Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the history at Custer Battlefield Trading Company and then witness the site of a historic battle at Little Bighorn Battlefield.

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Washington to Hardin is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Washington to Hardin due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Washington in June, with highs in Hardin at 8°F and lows at 8°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cooke City.
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trip

Cooke City — 2 nights

Cooke City-Silver Gate is a census-designated place (CDP) in Park County, Montana, United States. On the 3rd (Fri), stop by Sylvia's Sweet Shoppe, take an in-depth tour of Cooke City Montana Museum, and then stroll through Clarks Fork Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable drive along Beartooth Hwy and then take in panoramic vistas at Clay Butte Fire Lookout Tower.

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You can drive from Hardin to Cooke City in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Hardin in June, expect Cooke City to be much hotter, temps between 66°F and 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Gardiner.
Outdoors · Parks · Shopping · Museums
Side Trip

Gardiner — 2 nights

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone River and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Sacajawea Park and then surround yourself with nature on Yellowstone Guidelines.

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You can drive from Cooke City to Gardiner in 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Gardiner can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Big Sky.
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trips

Big Sky — 4 nights

Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Big Sky: West Yellowstone (Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center & Yellowstone Big Gun Fun). There's still lots to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the awesome beauty at Lone Peak, trek along Ousel Falls Trail, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

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Drive from Gardiner to Big Sky in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. In June, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to West Glacier.
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails
Side Trips

West Glacier — 5 nights

West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near West Glacier: Glacier National Park (Virginia Falls, Going-to-the-Sun Road, &more). Spend the 14th (Tue) exploring nature at Glacier National Park. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Outdoor Activities, stroll through Siyeh Pass, and trek along Trail of the Cedars.

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Getting from Big Sky to West Glacier by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus, car, and taxi. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Big Sky in June: high temperatures in West Glacier hover around 75°F and lows are around 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
Side Trip

Montana travel guide

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.