16 days in Montana Itinerary

16 days in Montana Itinerary

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16 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Bozeman
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Dillon
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Great Falls
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Glacier National Park
— 6 nights
taxi + Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

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. On the 1st (Mon), hit the slopes at Big Sky Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on nature at Museum of the Rockies and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Bozeman online driving holiday planner .

Washington DC to Bozeman is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC to Bozeman, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be colder in Bozeman, with lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Big Sky
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies
Big Sky Resort ©
Big Sky Resort

1
night
Gardiner

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
On the 4th (Thu), look for gifts at Parks' Fly Shop, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Gardiner road trip app .

Getting from Bozeman to Gardiner by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Bozeman in July, things will get little chillier in Gardiner: highs are around 77°F and lows about 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Gardiner

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing
Parks' Fly Shop ©
Parks' Fly Shop

3
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Get some historical perspective at Earthquake Lake and Yellowstone Historic Center. Step out of the city life by going to Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's much more to do: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, take in the awesome beauty at Two Top, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and look for gifts at Eagle's Store.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the West Yellowstone attractions website .

You can drive from Gardiner to West Yellowstone in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in West Yellowstone, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Dillon.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Fishing Charters & Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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 8th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Dillon Visitor Center, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pioneer Mountain Wilderness Area, and then admire the majestic nature at Bannack State Park.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Dillon trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Dillon in 3 hours. Traveling from West Yellowstone in July, expect Dillon to be somewhat warmer, temps between 85°F and 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Great Falls.

Things to do in Dillon

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Bannack State Park ©
Bannack State Park

2
nights
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. On the 9th (Tue), trek along River's Edge Trail, then immerse yourself in nature at Giant Springs State Park, and then enjoy some music at Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, then admire the masterpieces at C.M. Russell Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Ann Cathedral, and finally see human ingenuity at work at Ryan Dam - Great Falls of the Missouri.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Great Falls tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Dillon to Great Falls by car takes about 3.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Great Falls can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
Highlights from your plan
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park ©

6
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 in touch with nature at Virginia Falls and Swiftcurrent Lake. Spend the 12th (Fri) exploring nature at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Avalanche Lake, trek along Granite Park Trail, appreciate the views at Logan Pass, and take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park road trip planner .

You can drive from Great Falls to Glacier National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and train. July in Glacier National Park sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 49°F at night. You'll set off for home on the 16th (Tue).

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Virginia Falls ©
Virginia Falls
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

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