15 days in Montana Itinerary

15 days in Montana Itinerary

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Big Sky
— 3 nights
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Gardiner
— 1 night
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Polson
— 2 nights
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Glacier National Park
— 8 nights
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Big Sky

— 3 nights
Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. Bring the kids along to River Rafting & Tubing and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Big Sky side-trips: West Yellowstone (Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, &more). There's still lots to do: hike along Ousel Falls Trail, stroll through Beehive Basin Trail, don't miss a visit to Big Sky Chapel, and take in the awesome beauty at Lone Peak.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Big Sky online road trip planner.

New York City to Big Sky is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Big Sky is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in July, you will find days in Big Sky are a bit cooler (77°F), and nights are colder (39°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Gardiner.

Things to do in Big Sky

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Gardiner

— 1 night
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then explore the activities along Yellowstone River, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Gardiner online trip builder.

Getting from Big Sky to Gardiner by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus. In August, daytime highs in Gardiner are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Polson.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Polson

— 2 nights
Polson is a city in Lake County, Montana, United States, on the southern shore of Flathead Lake. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River and then see what you can catch with Howe’s Fishing – A Able/Mo Fisch Charters and Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at National Bison Range, then see the interesting displays at Polson-Flathead Historical Museum, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Flathead Lake.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Polson itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Gardiner to Polson takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Gardiner in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Polson: highs are around 83°F and lows about 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Polson

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Glacier National Park

— 8 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.
On the 9th (Mon), hike the day away at Highline Trail. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Grinnell Glacier, contemplate the waterfront views at Swiftcurrent Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls, and trek along Iceberg Lake Trail.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Polson to Glacier National Park. In August in Glacier National Park, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · 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.