16 days in Montana Itinerary

16 days in Montana Itinerary

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16 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  10​h 30​min
1
Glacier National Park
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Billings
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Cooke City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Big Sky
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Dillon
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Bozeman
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 15​min
End: New York City

4
nights
Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©
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.
Get outdoors at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and Going-to-the-Sun Road. And it doesn't end there: hike along Grinnell Glacier, take in the dramatic scenery at St.Mary Falls, admire the verdant scenery at Logan Pass, and contemplate the waterfront views at Swiftcurrent Lake.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Glacier National Park fast, fun, and easy.

New York City to Glacier National Park is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. While traveling from New York City, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Glacier National Park, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Billings.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road

1
night
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. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Toucan Gallery, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then look for all kinds of wild species at Four Dances Recreation Area, and finally admire the majestic nature at Pictograph Cave State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): meet the residents at ZooMontana, then see the interesting displays at Moss Mansion, then look for gifts at Scheels, and finally explore the striking landscape at The Rimrocks.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Billings visit planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Glacier National Park to Billings takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Glacier National Park in September since evenings lows in Billings dip to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Gardiner.

Things to do in Billings

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Pictograph Cave State Park ©
Pictograph Cave State Park
Moss Mansion ©
Moss Mansion
Horseback Riding Tours

1
night
Gardiner

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 15th (Sun): take in the natural beauty of Mammoth Hot Springs, explore the striking landscape of Old Gardiner Road, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Gardiner trip itinerary builder app .

Drive from Billings to Gardiner in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Billings in September, expect Gardiner to be little chillier, temps between 64°F and 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cooke City.

Things to do in Gardiner

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Hot Springs
Horseback Riding Tours

1
night
Cooke City

Cooke City ©
Cooke City-Silver Gate is a census-designated place (CDP) in Park County, Montana, United States. On the 16th (Mon), look for gifts at Sylvia's Sweet Shoppe, take an in-depth tour of Cooke City Montana Museum, stroll through Clarks Fork Trail, then get a new perspective on nature at Yellowstone Trading Post, and finally cruise along Beartooth Hwy.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Cooke City trip planning app .

You can drive from Gardiner to Cooke City in 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Cooke City can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Cooke City

Trails Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Sylvia's Sweet Shoppe ©
Sylvia's Sweet Shoppe
Cooke City Montana Museum ©
Cooke City Montana Museum
Yellowstone Trading Post ©
Yellowstone Trading Post

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 17th (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Gibbon Falls, take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, then take in the natural beauty of Midway Geyser Basin, and finally identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fairy Falls.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our West Yellowstone day trip planning app .

You can drive from Cooke City to West Yellowstone in 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in September, and nighttime lows around 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Big Sky.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park
Highlights from your plan
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Fairy Falls ©
Fairy Falls

2
nights
Big Sky

Big Sky ©
Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ousel Falls Trail, get outside with Grizzly Outfitters Ski & Backcountry Sports, then stroll the grounds of The Soldiers Chapel, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Keep things going the next day: hit the slopes at Big Sky Resort.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Big Sky holiday planner.

Drive from West Yellowstone to Big Sky in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In September, daytime highs in Big Sky are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Dillon.

Things to do in Big Sky

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Big Sky Resort ©
Big Sky Resort
The Soldiers Chapel ©
The Soldiers Chapel

1
night
Dillon

Dillon ©
Dillon is a city in and the county seat of Beaverhead County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Dillon Visitor Center, look for gifts at The Bookstore, then see the interesting displays at Beaverhead County Museum, and finally mingle with the ghosts of the past at Bannack State Park.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Dillon journey maker .

You can drive from Big Sky to Dillon in 3 hours. Traveling from Big Sky in September, expect Dillon to be a bit warmer, temps between 70°F and 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Bozeman.

Things to do in Dillon

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

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. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): get a new perspective on nature at Museum of the Rockies, examine the collection at American Computer Museum, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Montana Grizzly Encounter. Keep things going the next day: get into the urban bustle at Bozeman Public Library and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Bozeman.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Bozeman fast, fun, and easy.

Getting from Dillon to Bozeman by car takes about 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 41°F. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bozeman

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies
American Computer Museum ©
American Computer Museum
Downtown Bozeman ©
Downtown Bozeman

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