15 days in Yellowstone Country Itinerary

15 days in Yellowstone Country Itinerary

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15 days in Yellowstone Country Itinerary

Start: Kalamazoo
Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
1
Big Sky
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Bozeman
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Gardiner
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Red Lodge
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Kalamazoo

4
nights
Big Sky

Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fishing Charters & Tours and Beehive Basin Trail. Get outdoors at Ousel Falls Trail and Norris Geyser Basin. On the 4th (Wed), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Big Sky Resort. And it doesn't end there: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, get outside with Grizzly Outfitters Ski & Backcountry Sports, stroll through Spirit of the North Sled Dog Adventures, and trek along Lava Lake Trail.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Big Sky road trip planning website .

Kalamazoo to Big Sky is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Kalamazoo to Big Sky, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Kalamazoo, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Big Sky, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in Big Sky

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Norris Geyser Basin, Lava Lake Trail, Spirit of the North Sled Dog Adventures
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Norris Geyser Basin ©
Norris Geyser Basin
Big Sky Resort ©
Big Sky Resort

5
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. Step off the beaten path and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Madison River Brewing. Get outdoors at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park and Palisade Falls. Venture out of the city with trips to Natural Bridge State Park (in Big Timber), Ennis RV Village (in Ennis) and Pine Creek Trail (in Livingston). And it doesn't end there: tee off at Bridger Creek Golf Course, tour the pleasant surroundings at Grotto Falls Trail, grab your bike and head to Middle Cottonwood Trailhead, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Bozeman trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Big Sky to Bozeman takes 1.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Big Sky in September: high temperatures in Bozeman hover around 72°F and lows are around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Three Forks, Pine Creek Trail, Natural Bridge State Park, Madison River Brewing, Ennis RV Village
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Palisade Falls ©
Palisade Falls
Fishing Charters & Tours
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park ©
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park

2
nights
Gardiner

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Keep things going the next day: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Golden Gate Canyon, admire the local landmark of Fountain Paint Pot, then identify plant and animal life at Gibbon Falls, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Artists’ Paintpots.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Gardiner online tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Bozeman to Gardiner in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Bozeman in September: high temperatures in Gardiner hover around 64°F and lows are around 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Red Lodge.

Things to do in Gardiner

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park
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River Rafting & Tubing
Gibbon Falls ©
Gibbon Falls
Mud Volcano ©
Mud Volcano

3
nights
Red Lodge

Red Lodge ©
Red Lodge is a city in and the county seat of Carbon County, Montana, United States. On the 12th (Thu), hike along Lake Fork Trail, then stroll through Basin Creek Lakes Trail, then hike along Silver Run Trails, and finally look for gifts at Montana Candy Emporium. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Beartooth Hwy, then take a memorable drive along Beartooth Highway, and then cruise along Chief Joseph Hwy.

To find reviews and tourist information, read Red Lodge trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Gardiner to Red Lodge in 3 hours. Traveling from Gardiner in September, expect Red Lodge to be a bit warmer, temps between 70°F and 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Red Lodge

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Beartooth Hwy, Chief Joseph Hwy
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Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary
Montana Candy Emporium ©
Montana Candy Emporium