15 days in Montana Itinerary

15 days in Montana Itinerary

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15 days in Montana Itinerary

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

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Going-to-the-Sun Road and Grinnell Glacier. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden Wall, explore the striking landscape at Jackson Glacier Overlook, and trek along Grinnell Lake Trail.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Glacier National Park trip itinerary planner .

Portland to Glacier National Park is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Portland in June, Glacier National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

2
nights
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): steep yourself in history at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, examine the collection at C.M. Russell Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Ann Cathedral, then get engrossed in the history at Ursuline Centre, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Spirit Catholic Parish. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, immerse yourself in nature at Giant Springs State Park, and then hike along River's Edge Trail.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Great Falls trip planner .

Getting from Glacier National Park to Great Falls by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, train, and bus. In June, daytime highs in Great Falls are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hardin.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
Highlights from your plan
First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park ©
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park

1
night
Hardin

Hardin ©
Hardin is a city in and the county seat of Big Horn County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): browse the exhibits of Custer Battlefield Museum, then witness the site of a historic battle at Custer Battlefield Trading Post & Cafe, and then contemplate the long history of Little Bighorn Battlefield. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Pompeys Pillar National Monument, then get engrossed in the history at Big Horn County Historical Museum, and then explore the activities along Yellowtail Reservoir.

To see reviews and more tourist information, read our Hardin travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Great Falls to Hardin in 4.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Great Falls in June; daily highs in Hardin reach 8°F and lows reach 8°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Cooke City.

Things to do in Hardin

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Crow Agency, Custer Battlefield Museum, Pompeys Pillar National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Little Bighorn Battlefield ©
Little Bighorn Battlefield
Custer Battlefield Museum ©
Custer Battlefield Museum

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 10th (Mon): look for gifts at Sylvia's Sweet Shoppe, take an in-depth tour of Cooke City Montana Museum, then trek along Clarks Fork Trail, and finally explore and take pictures at Beartooth Hwy.

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Traveling by car from Hardin to Cooke City takes 5 hours. Traveling from Hardin in June, expect Cooke City to be warmer, temps between 66°F and 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in Cooke City

Outdoors Trails Parks
Highlights from your plan
Sylvia's Sweet Shoppe ©
Sylvia's Sweet Shoppe
Cooke City Montana Museum ©
Cooke City Montana Museum

1
night
Gardiner

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, trot along with a tour on horseback, and then look for gifts at Yellowstone Gifts & Sweets.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Gardiner travel planner.

Drive from Cooke City to Gardiner in 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Gardiner can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Gardiner

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

2
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): see what you can catch with a fishing tour, identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and then see the interesting displays at Yellowstone Historic Center. On your second day here, get your game on at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos, then get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, and then steep yourself in history at Earthquake Lake.

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Traveling by car from Gardiner to West Yellowstone takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in West Yellowstone sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Wildlife Parks Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Fishing Charters & Tours
Earthquake Lake ©
Earthquake Lake

2
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. On the 14th (Fri), get a new perspective on nature at Museum of the Rockies, examine the collection at American Computer Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Bozeman, and finally make a trip to Emerson Cultural Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of Bozeman, then get engrossed in the history at Gallatin History Museum, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Bozeman trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Bozeman takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from West Yellowstone in June: high temperatures in Bozeman hover around 77°F and lows are around 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bozeman

Museums Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies
American Computer Museum ©
American Computer Museum
Fishing Charters & Tours

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