15 days in Montana, Yellowstone National Park & Bismarck Itinerary

15 days in Montana, Yellowstone National Park & Bismarck Itinerary

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Missoula
— 3 nights
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Glacier National Park
— 1 night
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Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
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Bismarck
— 6 nights
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Missoula — 3 nights

Missoula is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on nature at Montana Natural History Center, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then see the interesting displays at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Missoula trip itinerary planner.

Norfolk to Missoula is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for much colder nights when traveling from Norfolk in July since evenings lows in Missoula dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Glacier National Park.
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Glacier National Park — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): trek along Iceberg Lake Trail and then contemplate the waterfront views at Avalanche Lake. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the views at Logan Pass and then admire all the interesting features of Going-to-the-Sun Road.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Glacier National Park trip builder.

Getting from Missoula to Glacier National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. 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 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Yellowstone National Park.
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Yellowstone National Park — 3 nights

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Yellowstone National Park is known for nature, wildlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, explore the activities along Morning Glory Pool, take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Washburn.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park route app.

Traveling by flight from Glacier National Park to Yellowstone National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. In July, Yellowstone National Park is slightly colder than Glacier National Park - with highs of 73°F and lows of 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Bismarck.
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Bismarck — 6 nights

Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. state of North Dakota and the county seat of Burleigh County. Get out of town with these interesting Bismarck side-trips: Salem Sue (in New Salem), Enchanted Highway (in Regent) and Frontier Village (in Jamestown). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum, find something for the whole family at Superslide Amusement Park, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Dakota Zoo, and walk around General Sibley Park & Campground.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Bismarck trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Bismarck takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Bismarck due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July; daily highs in Bismarck reach 85°F and lows reach 58°F. On the 1st (Mon), you'll travel back home.
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Montana travel guide

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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.
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