16 days in Montana Itinerary

16 days in Montana Itinerary

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16 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Bozeman
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Cooke City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Dillon
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
6
Great Falls
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
West Glacier
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Billings
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Newark

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. Museum of the Rockies and Yellowstone Gateway Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Downtown Bozeman and The Soldiers Chapel for their historical value. Change things up with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Big Sky (about 1h 05 min away). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of American Computer Museum, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bozeman Spirits Distillery, sample the tasty concoctions at Madison River Brewing, and make a trip to Emerson Cultural Center.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Bozeman vacation planning tool .

Newark to Bozeman is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Bozeman is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Newark in May, things will get a bit cooler in Bozeman: highs are around 65°F and lows about 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in Bozeman

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

The Soldiers Chapel, Yellowstone Gateway Museum, Madison River Brewing
Highlights from your plan
Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies
Downtown Bozeman ©
Downtown Bozeman
American Computer & Robotics Museum ©

1
night
Gardiner

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and then look for gifts at Yellowstone Gifts & Sweets.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Gardiner trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Bozeman to Gardiner by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, Gardiner is slightly colder than Bozeman - with highs of 57°F and lows of 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cooke City.

Things to do in Gardiner

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
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 19th (Sun), stop by Sylvia's Sweet Shoppe, take an in-depth tour of Cooke City Montana Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Clarks Fork Trail, then enjoy breathtaking views from Clay Butte Fire Lookout Tower, and finally cruise along Beartooth Hwy.

Before you visit Cooke City, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Gardiner to Cooke City in 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Cooke City are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Cooke City

Trails Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cooke City Montana Museum ©
Cooke City Montana Museum
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.
On the 20th (Mon), stop by Eagle's Store, get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, and then identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): explore the activities along Earthquake Lake, trot along with a tour on horseback, and then get to know the fascinating history of Yellowstone Historic Center.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read West Yellowstone trip planner .

You can drive from Cooke City to West Yellowstone in 5 hours. In May, daytime highs in West Yellowstone are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Dillon.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Yellowstone Historic Center ©
Yellowstone Historic Center
Earthquake Lake ©
Earthquake Lake

1
night
Dillon

Dillon ©
Dillon is a city in and the county seat of Beaverhead County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Dillon Visitor Center, stop by The Bookstore, then examine the collection at Beaverhead County Museum, and finally mingle with the ghosts of the past at Bannack State Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Dillon trip tool .

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Dillon in 2.5 hours. Traveling from West Yellowstone in May, things will get a bit warmer in Dillon: highs are around 64°F and lows about 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Great Falls.

Things to do in Dillon

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Bannack State Park ©
Bannack State Park
Beaverhead County Museum ©
Beaverhead County Museum
The Bookstore ©
The Bookstore

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 23rd (Thu): contemplate the long history of First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, get engrossed in the history at The History Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Ann Cathedral, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Ursuline Centre, then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Spirit Catholic Parish, then look for all kinds of wild species at Giant Springs State Park, and finally examine the collection at C.M. Russell Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Great Falls route builder app .

Traveling by car from Dillon to Great Falls takes 3.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to West Glacier.

Things to do in Great Falls

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
Highlights from your plan
First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park ©
St. Ann Cathedral ©
St. Ann Cathedral
C.M. Russell Museum ©
C.M. Russell Museum

2
nights
West Glacier

West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. On the 25th (Sat), trek along Siyeh Pass and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden Wall, then cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Silver Staircase Falls.

To find photos and more tourist information, refer to the West Glacier tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Great Falls to West Glacier in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. In May in West Glacier, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 38°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Billings.

Things to do in West Glacier

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Glacier National Park
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Garden Wall ©
Garden Wall
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road

4
nights
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. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Little Bighorn Battlefield and Moss Mansion. Visit Custer Battlefield Trading Post & Cafe and Custer Battlefield Museum for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Billings side-trips: Pompeys Pillar National Monument (in Pompeys Pillar) and Big Horn County Historical Museum (in Hardin). And it doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at Toucan Gallery, admire the masterpieces at Yellowstone Art Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at Canyon Creek Brewing, and look for gifts at Scheels.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Billings trip maker website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from West Glacier to Billings takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and shuttle. Traveling from West Glacier in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Billings, with lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Billings

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Crow Agency, Big Horn County Historical Museum, Custer Battlefield Museum, Pompeys Pillar National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Custer Battlefield Museum ©
Custer Battlefield Museum
Little Bighorn Battlefield ©
Little Bighorn Battlefield
Custer Battlefield Trading Company ©

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