15 days in Phoenix & Montana Itinerary

15 days in Phoenix & Montana Itinerary

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15 days in Phoenix & Montana Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
1
Phoenix
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Bozeman
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Cooke City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
6
West Glacier
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Phoenix

4
nights
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Bring the kids along to Desert Botanical Garden and Phoenix Zoo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Phoenix: Taliesin West (in Scottsdale) and St. Anne's Roman Catholic Church (in Gilbert). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Musical Instrument Museum, see Off-Road Tours, take a memorable tour with Tours, and take in the awesome beauty at Camelback Mountain.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Phoenix road trip site .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Phoenix. In May, daily temperatures in Phoenix can reach 93°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Bozeman.

Things to do in Phoenix

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Scottsdale, St. Anne's Roman Catholic Church
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Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum
Phoenix Zoo ©
Phoenix Zoo
Desert Botanical Garden ©
Desert Botanical Garden

2
nights
Bozeman

Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Museum of the Rockies make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Bozeman's surroundings by going to Big Sky (Big Sky Chapel, Lone Peak, & more). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Bozeman, get into the urban bustle at Bozeman Public Library, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Bozeman holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Phoenix to Bozeman takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Phoenix in May, expect Bozeman to be cooler, temps between 65°F and 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Gardiner.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Big Sky
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies
Downtown Bozeman ©
Downtown Bozeman

1
night
Gardiner

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, trot along with a tour on horseback, and then look for gifts at Yellowstone Gifts & Sweets.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Gardiner online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Bozeman to Gardiner takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Bozeman in May, with highs in Gardiner at 57°F and lows at 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cooke City.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Cooke City

Cooke City ©
Cooke City-Silver Gate is a census-designated place (CDP) in Park County, Montana, United States. On the 22nd (Wed), hike along Clarks Fork Trail, take some stellar pictures from Clay Butte Fire Lookout Tower, then stop by Sylvia's Sweet Shoppe, and finally cruise along Beartooth Hwy.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cooke City day trip website .

Getting from Gardiner to Cooke City by car takes about 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 53°F, and evening lows to 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Cooke City

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Clay Butte Fire Lookout Tower ©
Clay Butte Fire Lookout Tower

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 23rd (Thu): stop by Eagle's Store, then find something for the whole family at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cast your line with a fishing tour, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and then get your game on at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our West Yellowstone trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Cooke City to West Yellowstone takes 5 hours. May in West Yellowstone sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 31°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to West Glacier.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Yellowstone Big Gun Fun ©
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun
Horseback Riding Tours
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center

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nights
West Glacier

West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Glacier National Park (Jackson Glacier Overlook, Virginia Falls, & more). It doesn't end there: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and tour the pleasant surroundings at Siyeh Pass.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the West Glacier trip maker .

Getting from West Yellowstone to West Glacier by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, taxi, bus, and train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from West Yellowstone in May, with highs in West Glacier at 67°F and lows at 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in West Glacier

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Glacier National Park
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River Rafting & Tubing
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

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