15 days in Montana Itinerary

15 days in Montana Itinerary

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Bozeman
— 2 nights
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Gardiner
— 1 night
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West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
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Great Falls
— 2 nights
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Whitefish
— 3 nights
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Glacier National Park
— 2 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. Your day by day itinerary now includes Gallatin Valley Mall, Montana Gift Corral, Montana Angler Fly Fishing, and other attractions you added. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Bozeman and sample the fine beverages at Bozeman Spirits Distillery.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Bozeman online itinerary planner.

Rochester to Bozeman is an approximately 33-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Rochester in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Bozeman, with lows of 41°F. On the 20th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Shopping

Gardiner

— 1 night
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Gardiner visit planner.

Drive from Bozeman to Gardiner in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bozeman in September, things will get slightly colder in Gardiner: highs are around 64°F and lows about 32°F. You'll set off for West Yellowstone on the 21st (Tue).

Things to do in Gardiner

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

West Yellowstone

— 2 nights
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): take a memorable tour with Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, then find something for the whole family at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, and finally look for gifts at Send it Home. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): take in the natural beauty of Midway Geyser Basin, then take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Blue Star Spring.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our West Yellowstone tour itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Gardiner to West Yellowstone by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. September in West Yellowstone sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 32°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Great Falls

— 2 nights
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): explore the world behind art at C.M. Russell Museum, listen to music at Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and then admire the majestic nature at Giant Springs State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Ursuline Centre, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Ann Cathedral, then admire the sheer force of Ryan Dam - Great Falls of the Missouri, and finally explore the activities along Sacagawea Springs.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Great Falls trip planning app.

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 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Whitefish.

Things to do in Great Falls

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Whitefish

— 3 nights
Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Change things up with a short trip to Glacier National Park in West Glacier (about 34 minutes away). There's lots more to do: cast your line with State of Mind Fishing Charters LLC, make a trip to Whitefish Depot, get interesting insight from Rock Climb Montana, and immerse yourself in nature at Lone Pine State Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Whitefish road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Whitefish takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Whitefish are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Whitefish

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Glacier National Park

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): get great views at Jackson Glacier Overlook and then explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Glacier National Park trip website.

Getting from Whitefish to Glacier National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In September, daily temperatures in Glacier National Park can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Nature · Parks · 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.