16 days in Montana Itinerary

16 days in Montana Itinerary

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Whitefish
— 2 nights
Drive
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Glacier National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
3
Missoula
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Big Sky
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Gardiner
— 2 nights
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Whitefish

Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Kids will enjoy River Rafting & Tubing and Big Sky Water Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Whitefish: West Glacier (Hidden Lake & Glacier National Park). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Willow's HuckleberryLand.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Whitefish trip planner.

Louisville to Whitefish is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Louisville to Whitefish is minus 2 hours. Expect much colder evenings in Whitefish when traveling from Louisville in July, with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Whitefish

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

5
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Glacier National Park

Crown of the Continent

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.
On the 8th (Thu), hike the day away at Highline Trail. The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, appreciate the views at Logan Pass, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McDonald, and hike along Avalanche Lake.

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Traveling by car from Whitefish to Glacier National Park takes 1.5 hours. July in Glacier National Park sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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Missoula

Missoula is a city in the U.S. Kids will enjoy River Rafting & Tubing and Caras Park. Explore Missoula's surroundings by going to Polson (Kerr Dam, Flathead Lake, &more). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at A Carousel for Missoula, explore the landscape on two wheels at Silver Park, examine the collection at Museum of Mountain Flying, and hunt for treasures at Downtown ToNite.

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Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Missoula takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. In July, daytime highs in Missoula are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Big Sky.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

3
nights
Big Sky

Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. Family-friendly places like River Rafting & Tubing and Nature & Wildlife Tours will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Big Sky: West Yellowstone (Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, &more). There's much more to do: trek along Ousel Falls Trail, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lone Peak, trot along with a tour on horseback, and stroll through Beehive Basin Trail.

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You can drive from Missoula to Big Sky in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and car. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Missoula in July: high temperatures in Big Sky hover around 77°F and lows are around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in Big Sky

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

2
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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 17th (Sat): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone River, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Gardiner driving holiday site.

Getting from Big Sky to Gardiner by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in July, and nighttime lows around 39°F. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Montana travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Wildlife Areas
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.