15 days in Montana Itinerary

15 days in Montana Itinerary

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15 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Tampa
Fly + taxi:  10​h 30​min
1
Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Great Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Cooke City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Billings
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Bozeman
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Tampa

2
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at St.Mary Falls, then explore the striking landscape at Jackson Glacier Overlook, and finally cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Glacier National Park online day trip planner .

Tampa to Glacier National Park is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Tampa to Glacier National Park. While traveling from Tampa, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Glacier National Park, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Virginia Falls ©
Virginia Falls
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail
Swiftcurrent Falls ©
Swiftcurrent Falls

1
night
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): explore the world behind art at C.M. Russell Museum, then stroll through River's Edge Trail, and then admire the majestic nature at Giant Springs State Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Great Falls trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Glacier National Park to Great Falls in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, train, and bus. July in Great Falls sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Helena.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
River's Edge Trail ©
River's Edge Trail
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park
C.M. Russell Museum ©
C.M. Russell Museum

1
night
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. On the 12th (Fri), admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of St. Helena, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Helena, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gates of the Mountains.

To plan Helena vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Helena takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In July, daily temperatures in Helena can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Helena

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Mount Helena ©
Mount Helena
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena

3
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Horseback Riding Tours and Fishing Charters & Tours. Visiting Earthquake Lake and Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, get to know the fascinating history of Yellowstone Historic Center, take in the awesome beauty at Two Top, and get your game on at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read West Yellowstone day trip planning website .

Getting from Helena to West Yellowstone by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Traveling from Helena in July, expect West Yellowstone to be little chillier, temps between 77°F and 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cooke City.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Fishing Charters & Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
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 16th (Tue): stop by Sylvia's Sweet Shoppe, take an in-depth tour of Cooke City Montana Museum, then get great views at Clay Butte Fire Lookout Tower, then stroll through Clarks Fork Trail, and finally take a memorable drive along Beartooth Hwy.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cooke City trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Cooke City takes 5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Cooke City can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Gardiner.

Things to do in Cooke City

Outdoors Trails Parks
Highlights from your plan
Cooke City Montana Museum ©
Cooke City Montana Museum
Clay Butte Fire Lookout Tower ©
Clay Butte Fire Lookout Tower

1
night
Gardiner

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
On the 17th (Wed), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and then stop by Yellowstone Gifts & Sweets.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Gardiner trip planner .

Getting from Cooke City to Gardiner by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in July, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Billings.

Things to do in Gardiner

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

1
night
Billings

Billings is the largest city in the state of Montana, and is the principal city of the Billings Metropolitan Area with a population of 166,855.Billings is located in the south-eastern portion of the state and is the seat of Yellowstone County, which had a 2015 population of 157,048. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at The Rimrocks, see the interesting displays at Moss Mansion, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and finally admire all the interesting features of Pompeys Pillar National Monument.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Billings online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Gardiner to Billings takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Gardiner in July, expect nights in Billings to be much warmer, around 60°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 89°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in Billings

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Pompeys Pillar National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Pompeys Pillar National Monument ©
Pompeys Pillar National Monument
Moss Mansion ©
Moss Mansion

4
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. Step out of the city life by going to Horseback Riding Tours and Palisade Falls. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Montana Grizzly Encounter and American Computer Museum. Step out of Bozeman with an excursion to Lone Peak in Big Sky--about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the landscape on two wheels at Middle Cottonwood Trailhead, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Bozeman online tour itinerary maker .

You can drive from Billings to Bozeman in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Billings in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Bozeman, with lows around 50°F. On the 22nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Big Sky
Highlights from your plan
Palisade Falls ©
Palisade Falls
Fishing Charters & Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

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