15 days in Montana Itinerary

15 days in Montana Itinerary

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Glacier National Park
— 5 nights
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Whitefish
— 3 nights
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West Yellowstone
— 1 night
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Gardiner
— 2 nights
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Bozeman
— 3 nights
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Glacier National Park

— 5 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Going-to-the-Sun Road and Iceberg Lake Trail. There's much more to do: stroll through Swiftcurrent Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls, explore the activities along Avalanche Lake, and hike along Siyeh Pass.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park day trip planning website.

New York City to Glacier National Park is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be cooler in Glacier National Park, with lows of 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Whitefish.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Whitefish

— 3 nights
Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Hidden Lake. Change things up with a short trip to Glacier National Park in West Glacier (about 34 minutes away). There's more to do: head outdoors with Rock Climb Montana and whizz through the canopy at Glacier ZipLines.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Whitefish driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Glacier National Park to Whitefish in an hour. July in Whitefish sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Whitefish

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

West Yellowstone

— 1 night
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
On the 11th (Sun), cast your line with a fishing tour, then stroll through Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and then whizz through the canopy at Yellowstone Aerial Adventures.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our West Yellowstone online travel planner.

Fly from Whitefish to West Yellowstone in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Whitefish in July, expect West Yellowstone to be slightly colder, temps between 77°F and 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Gardiner.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Gardiner

— 2 nights
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
On the 12th (Mon), trot along with a tour on horseback and then whizz through the canopy at Montana Whitewater. Keep things going the next day: ride a horse along Wilderness Connection and then get a tailor-made plan with Yellowstone Insight - Day Tours.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Gardiner route planner.

Getting from West Yellowstone to Gardiner by car takes about 2 hours. July in Gardiner sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 39°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bozeman.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Bozeman

— 3 nights
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Yellowstone Guidelines. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bozeman: Pine Creek Trail (in Livingston) and Big Sky (Ousel Falls Trail & The Soldiers Chapel). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Bozeman, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Last Wind-Up, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bozeman Spirits Distillery.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Bozeman trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Gardiner to Bozeman takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Gardiner in July, with highs in Bozeman at 86°F and lows at 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Montana travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Nature & Parks
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.