15 days in Montana Itinerary

15 days in Montana Itinerary

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15 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
foot + Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
1
Great Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Glacier National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Whitefish
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Missoula
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Bozeman
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 15​min
End: New York City

1
night
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 1st (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Giant Springs State Park and then get to know the fascinating history of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Great Falls online trip maker .

New York City to Great Falls is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly; or 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 slightly colder in Great Falls, with lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park
River's Edge Trail ©
River's Edge Trail

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.
Get outdoors at Virginia Falls and Iceberg Lake Trail. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier, admire the sheer force of St.Mary Falls, admire the verdant scenery at Logan Pass, and contemplate the waterfront views at Swiftcurrent Lake.

To find out how to plan a trip to Glacier National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Great Falls to Glacier National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daily temperatures in Glacier National Park can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Whitefish.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

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

2
nights
Whitefish

Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): stop by Willow's HuckleberryLand. On your second day here, make a trip to Whitefish Depot, kick back and relax at City Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitefish Lake Golf Club, then sample the fine beverages at Glacier Distilling Company, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Whitefish trip builder app .

You can drive from Glacier National Park to Whitefish in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In July, daytime highs in Whitefish are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Whitefish

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Glacier Distilling Company, Willow's HuckleberryLand, Depot Park, River Rafting & Tubing, Jewel Basin Hiking Area
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Whitefish Mountain Resort ©
Whitefish Mountain Resort
Whitefish Lake Golf Club ©
Whitefish Lake Golf Club

1
night
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, sample the tasty concoctions at Big Sky Brewing, then examine the collection at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center, then learn more about the world around you at Fort Missoula Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Francis Xavier Church.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Missoula route builder app .

Traveling by car from Whitefish to Missoula takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Missoula can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Missoula

Museums Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Fort Missoula Museum ©
Fort Missoula Museum
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation ©
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Big Sky Brewing ©
Big Sky Brewing

2
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
On the 10th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Firehole Canyon Drive, take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, then identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and finally see what you can catch with a fishing tour. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get answers to all your questions at Old Faithful Visitor Education Center.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the West Yellowstone online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Missoula to West Yellowstone takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. In July, West Yellowstone is a bit cooler than Missoula - with highs of 77°F and lows of 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park
Highlights from your plan
Firehole Canyon Drive ©
Firehole Canyon Drive
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

1
night
Gardiner

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Gardiner day trip site .

Getting from West Yellowstone to Gardiner by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. July in Gardiner sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bozeman.

Things to do in Gardiner

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Mammoth Hot Springs
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Mammoth Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing

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 12th (Fri), make a trip to Emerson Cultural Center. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Children's Museum of Bozeman, get curious at Museum of the Rockies, get engrossed in the history at American Computer Museum, look for gifts at The Last Wind-Up, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bozeman Spirits Distillery, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Bozeman tour planner .

You can drive from Gardiner to Bozeman in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, Bozeman is a bit warmer than Gardiner - with highs of 86°F and lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bozeman

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

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

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