16 days in Montana Itinerary

16 days in Montana Itinerary

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16 days in Montana Itinerary

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

1
night
Cooke City

Cooke City ©
Cooke City-Silver Gate is a census-designated place (CDP) in Park County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take a memorable drive along Beartooth Hwy.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cooke City road trip tool .

Dallas to Cooke City is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Dallas to Cooke City due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Dallas in June; daily highs in Cooke City reach 66°F and lows reach 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in Cooke City

Outdoors Trails Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Beartooth Highway
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Sylvia's Sweet Shoppe ©
Sylvia's Sweet Shoppe
Cooke City Montana Museum ©
Cooke City Montana Museum

2
nights
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 25th (Tue): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then trot along with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Chico Hot Springs and then explore by horseback at Wilderness Connection.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Gardiner online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Cooke City to Gardiner in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in June, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Chico Hot Springs
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Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing
Chico Hot Springs ©
Chico Hot Springs

3
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Escape the urban bustle at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and Earthquake Lake. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sky (River Rafting & Tubing & Ousel Falls Trail). There's still lots to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, get your game on at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos, get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, and examine the collection at Yellowstone Historic Center.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the West Yellowstone trip builder website .

Drive from Gardiner to West Yellowstone in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in West Yellowstone are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Ousel Falls Trail
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Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Fishing Charters & Tours
Earthquake Lake ©
Earthquake Lake

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. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): cast your line with a fishing tour. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on nature at Museum of the Rockies, appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Bozeman, and then immerse yourself in nature at Missouri Headwaters State Park.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Bozeman trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Bozeman in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from West Yellowstone in June: high temperatures in Bozeman hover around 77°F and lows are around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Bozeman

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Fishing Charters & Tours, Missouri Headwaters State Park
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Downtown Bozeman ©
Downtown Bozeman
Missouri Headwaters State Park ©
Missouri Headwaters State Park

2
nights
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): contemplate the long history of First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, then identify plant and animal life at Giant Springs State Park, and then get to know the fascinating history of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Spirit Catholic Parish, hike along River's Edge Trail, then admire the masterpieces at C.M. Russell Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Ann Cathedral.

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Drive from Bozeman to Great Falls in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (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
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First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park ©
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and Grinnell Glacier. And it doesn't end there: cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road, appreciate the views at Logan Pass, admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls, and hike along Iceberg Lake Trail.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Glacier National Park visit planner.

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Glacier National Park takes 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

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