15 days in Montana Itinerary

15 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana travel route maker
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Bozeman
— 2 nights
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Gardiner
— 3 nights
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West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive
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Great Falls
— 1 night
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Glacier National Park
— 6 nights
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Bozeman — 2 nights

Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bozeman: Livingston (Sacajawea Park & Yellowstone Guidelines) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Big Sky). And it doesn't end there: see the sky in a new way at Museum of the Rockies, appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Bozeman, relax and rejuvenate at Spire Climbing Center, and take in breathtaking views at Gallatin Canyon.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Bozeman trip builder website.

Boston to Bozeman is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Boston in September since evenings lows in Bozeman dip to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Gardiner.
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Side Trips

Gardiner — 3 nights

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gardiner: Clarks Fork Trail (in Cooke City) and Big Sky (Beehive Basin Trail & Ousel Falls Trail). And it doesn't end there: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, cruise along Beartooth Hwy, and look for gifts at Parks' Fly Shop.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Gardiner trip builder app.

Getting from Bozeman to Gardiner by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Bozeman in September; daily highs in Gardiner reach 64°F and lows reach 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to West Yellowstone.
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Side Trips

West Yellowstone — 2 nights

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
On the 20th (Tue), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and then find something for the whole family at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun. Here are some ideas for day two: trot along with a tour on horseback and then contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone River.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the West Yellowstone day trip website.

Traveling by car from Gardiner to West Yellowstone takes 2 hours. September in West Yellowstone sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 32°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Great Falls.
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Great Falls — 1 night

Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): explore the world behind art at C.M. Russell Museum and then get to know the fascinating history of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Great Falls online trip builder.

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Great Falls takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and flight. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from West Yellowstone in September: high temperatures in Great Falls hover around 71°F and lows are around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Glacier National Park.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife

Glacier National Park — 6 nights

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: cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road, hike along Iceberg Lake Trail, stroll through Grinnell Glacier, and take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park trip maker website.

You can drive from Great Falls to Glacier National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In September in Glacier National Park, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 40°F at night. On the 28th (Wed), you'll travel back home.
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Montana travel guide

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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.
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