15 days in Montana Itinerary

15 days in Montana Itinerary

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Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Helena
— 3 nights
Drive
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West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
Drive
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Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive
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Bozeman
— 4 nights
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Glacier National Park

— 3 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.
Glacier National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier, contemplate the waterfront views at Swiftcurrent Falls, cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road, and stroll through Trail of the Cedars.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park online day trip planner.

Charlotte to Glacier National Park is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Charlotte to Glacier National Park. When traveling from Charlotte in May, plan for slightly colder days in Glacier National Park, with highs around 67°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Helena

— 3 nights
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County. Take a break from Helena with a short trip to Grant-Kohrs Ranch in Deer Lodge, about 1h 5 min away. And it doesn't end there: see what you can catch with Montana Fishing Outfitters, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Helena, get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol, and take in nature's colorful creations at Tizer Botanical Gardens & Arboretum.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Helena trip builder website.

You can drive from Glacier National Park to Helena in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in May, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Helena

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

West Yellowstone

— 3 nights
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
West Yellowstone is known for parks, nature, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, find something for the whole family at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, get outside with Madison River Outfitters, and explore the activities along Yellowstone River.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the West Yellowstone attractions site.

Getting from Helena to West Yellowstone by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Helena in May, expect West Yellowstone to be slightly colder, temps between 57°F and 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · 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 26th (Thu): stop by Parks' Fly Shop and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Gardiner tour builder website.

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Gardiner in 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors · Shopping · Tours

Bozeman

— 4 nights
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Get out of town with these interesting Bozeman side-trips: Big Sky (River Rafting & Tubing & Horseback Riding Tours) and Yellowstone Guidelines (in Livingston). There's much more to do: see the sky in a new way at Museum of the Rockies, get to know the resident critters at Montana Grizzly Encounter, take an in-depth tour of American Computer & Robotics Museum, and relax and rejuvenate at Spire Climbing Center.

Plan trip to Bozeman with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Gardiner to Bozeman in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Gardiner in May; daily highs in Bozeman reach 65°F and lows reach 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Montana travel guide

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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.