16 days in Montana Itinerary

16 days in Montana Itinerary

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16 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly + Drive:  13​h 30​min
1
Glacier National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Whitefish
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Cooke City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Dublin

5
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.
Spend the 29th (Sat) exploring nature at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. There's lots more to do: cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road, tour the pleasant surroundings at Iceberg Lake Trail, hike along Highline Trail, and admire the verdant scenery at Logan Pass.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park planning tool .

Dublin, Ireland to Glacier National Park is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to Glacier National Park is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Dublin in June, expect nights in Glacier National Park to be about the same, around 8°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Whitefish.

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

3
nights
Whitefish

Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Whitefish: Bigfork (Swan River & Swan River Nature Trail) and West Glacier (River Rafting & Tubing & Hidden Lake). And it doesn't end there: hit the slopes at Whitefish Mountain Resort, tee off at Meadow Lake Golf Resort, and shop like a local with Sunti World Art Gallery.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Whitefish holiday tool .

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Whitefish takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Gardiner.

Things to do in Whitefish

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Bigfork, West Glacier, Meadow Lake Golf Resort
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Whitefish Mountain Resort ©
Whitefish Mountain Resort
Swan River ©
Swan River

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 6th (Sat): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then stop by Yellowstone Gifts & Sweets. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Dailey Lake and then stroll through Wilderness Connection.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Gardiner tour planning website .

You can drive from Whitefish to Gardiner in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Whitefish in July, things will get little chillier in Gardiner: highs are around 29°C and lows about 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cooke City.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Dailey Lake
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing
Dailey Lake ©
Dailey Lake

1
night
Cooke City

Cooke City ©
Cooke City-Silver Gate is a census-designated place (CDP) in Park County, Montana, United States. On the 8th (Mon), stop by Sylvia's Sweet Shoppe, get engrossed in the history at Cooke City Montana Museum, then take in panoramic vistas at Clay Butte Fire Lookout Tower, then hike along Clarks Fork Trail, and finally take a memorable drive along Beartooth Hwy.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cooke City driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Gardiner to Cooke City takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Cooke City

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Cooke City Montana Museum ©
Cooke City Montana Museum
Clay Butte Fire Lookout Tower ©
Clay Butte Fire Lookout Tower

3
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sky (Ousel Falls Trail, The Soldiers Chapel, & more). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, have some family-friendly fun at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos, look for gifts at Eagle's Store, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our West Yellowstone online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Cooke City to West Yellowstone by car takes about 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in July, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Big Sky
Highlights from your plan
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun ©
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun
Fishing Charters & Tours

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