15 days in Montana Itinerary

15 days in Montana Itinerary

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15 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Bus + Fly + Taxi:  10​h 30​min
1
Glacier National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
2
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Cooke City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Bozeman
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  7​h 15​min
End: New York City

5
nights
Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©
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.
Spend the 19th (Sun) exploring nature at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Going-to-the-Sun Road, appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden Wall, explore the activities along Iceberg Lake, and explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Glacier National Park trip itinerary planner .

New York City to Glacier National Park is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Glacier National Park is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 38°F in Glacier National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road

2
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
West Yellowstone is known for wildlife, nature, nightlife, adventure, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, have some family-friendly fun at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos, contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone River, and look for gifts at Eagle's Store.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the West Yellowstone trip tool .

You can drive from Glacier National Park to West Yellowstone in 7.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Glacier National Park in May, expect West Yellowstone to be a bit cooler, temps between 57°F and 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cooke City.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun ©
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Yellowstone River ©
Yellowstone River

2
nights
Cooke City

Cooke City ©
Cooke City-Silver Gate is a census-designated place (CDP) in Park County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): get a new perspective on nature at Yellowstone Trading Post, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Beartooth Hwy, and then take a memorable drive along Beartooth Highway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): look for gifts at Sylvia's Sweet Shoppe, take an in-depth tour of Cooke City Montana Museum, then take in panoramic vistas at Clay Butte Fire Lookout Tower, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Clarks Fork Trail.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cooke City tour builder site .

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Cooke City takes 5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Cooke City can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Gardiner.

Things to do in Cooke City

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trip

Beartooth Hwy
Highlights from your plan
Cooke City Montana Museum ©
Cooke City Montana Museum
Clay Butte Fire Lookout Tower ©
Clay Butte Fire Lookout Tower
Yellowstone Trading Post ©
Yellowstone Trading Post

1
night
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 28th (Tue): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then stop by Yellowstone Gifts & Sweets.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Gardiner road trip tool .

You can drive from Cooke City to Gardiner in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in May, and nighttime lows around 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

3
nights
Bozeman

Bozeman ©
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Change things up with these side-trips from Bozeman: Big Sky (River Rafting & Tubing, Big Sky Chapel, & more). The adventure continues: learn more about the world around you at Museum of the Rockies, appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Bozeman, and examine the collection at American Computer Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Bozeman trip planning website .

Getting from Gardiner to Bozeman by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, Bozeman is a bit warmer than Gardiner - with highs of 65°F and lows of 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Big Sky
Highlights from your plan
Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies
American Computer & Robotics Museum ©
Downtown Bozeman ©
Downtown Bozeman

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