15 days in Montana Itinerary

15 days in Montana Itinerary

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15 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Bozeman
Drive:  2​h 15​min
1
Billings
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  5​h 30​min
2
Glacier National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Great Falls
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Bozeman
— 1 night
End: Bozeman

1
night
Billings

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. On the 1st (Thu), take in the exciting artwork at Toucan Gallery, learn about winemaking at Yellowstone Cellars & Winery, and then immerse yourself in nature at Pictograph Cave State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Pompeys Pillar National Monument, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Canyon Creek Brewing.

To find reviews and more tourist information, go to the Billings trip maker website .

Bozeman to Billings is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Billings when traveling from Bozeman in August, with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Billings

Parks Nature Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Pompeys Pillar National Monument
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Pictograph Cave State Park ©
Pictograph Cave State Park
Pompeys Pillar National Monument ©
Pompeys Pillar National Monument
Horseback Riding Tours

5
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 Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and Iceberg Lake Trail. There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier, tour the pleasant surroundings at Highline Trail, and take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Billings to Glacier National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Billings in August, plan for little chillier nights in Glacier National Park, with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Virginia Falls ©
Virginia Falls
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 9th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Ann Cathedral, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and then identify plant and animal life at Giant Springs State Park. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park and then play a few rounds at Valley View Garden Golf.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Great Falls trip planner .

You can drive from Glacier National Park to Great Falls in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car, train, and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Great Falls

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
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Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park

3
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Take a break from the city and head to Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and Ousel Falls Trail. Step out of West Yellowstone with an excursion to River Rafting & Tubing in Big Sky--about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, admire all the interesting features of Earthquake Lake, and get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our West Yellowstone trip planner.

Traveling by car from Great Falls to West Yellowstone takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Great Falls in August, things will get little chillier in West Yellowstone: highs are around 75°F and lows about 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Ousel Falls Trail
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Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Fishing Charters & Tours
Earthquake Lake ©
Earthquake Lake

1
night
Gardiner

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
On the 14th (Wed), stop by Yellowstone Gifts & Sweets and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Gardiner trip planner .

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Gardiner in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Gardiner are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors Tours Shopping
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Horseback Riding Tours

1
night
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 15th (Thu), get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Bozeman and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Bozeman travel route website .

Traveling by car from Gardiner to Bozeman takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Gardiner in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Bozeman: highs are around 84°F and lows about 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Downtown Bozeman ©
Downtown Bozeman

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