16 days in Yellowstone Country Itinerary

16 days in Yellowstone Country Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Yellowstone Country holiday planner

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Bozeman
— 4 nights
Drive
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West Yellowstone
— 4 nights
Drive
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Gardiner
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cooke City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Red Lodge
— 3 nights
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Bozeman

— 4 nights
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Change things up with these side-trips from Bozeman: Livingston (Pine Creek Trail & Yellowstone Guidelines), Lava Lake Trail (in Gallatin Gateway) and Big Sky (River Rafting & Tubing & Horseback Riding Tours). Next up on the itinerary: look and learn at Museum of the Rockies, see the interesting displays at American Computer & Robotics Museum, relax and rejuvenate at Spire Climbing Center, and indulge your taste buds at Tour De Foam.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Bozeman trip maker.

Mobile to Bozeman is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Mobile to Bozeman is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Mobile in July, plan for cooler nights in Bozeman, with lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors · Tours · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

West Yellowstone

— 4 nights
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around West Yellowstone: Big Sky (Lone Peak & Ousel Falls Trail). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, contemplate the long history of Earthquake Lake, cast your line with a fishing tour, and get outside with Madison River Outfitters.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read West Yellowstone tour planner.

Drive from Bozeman to West Yellowstone in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Bozeman in August; daily highs in West Yellowstone reach 75°F and lows reach 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Gardiner.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Gardiner

— 2 nights
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
On the 9th (Mon), surround yourself with nature on Yellowstone Year Round Safaris and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilderness Connection and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Gardiner trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Gardiner takes 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Gardiner are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cooke City.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Trails

Cooke City

— 2 nights
Cooke City-Silver Gate is a census-designated place (CDP) in Park County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): look for gifts at Sylvia's Sweet Shoppe, take an in-depth tour of Cooke City Montana Museum, and then trek along Clarks Fork Trail. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on nature at Yellowstone Trading Post and then take some stellar pictures from Clay Butte Fire Lookout Tower.

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Getting from Gardiner to Cooke City by car takes about 2 hours. While traveling from Gardiner, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Cooke City, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Red Lodge.

Things to do in Cooke City

Museums · Outdoors · Trails · Shopping

Red Lodge

— 3 nights
Red Lodge is a city in and the county seat of Carbon County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): stroll through Basin Creek Lakes Trail, then trek along Silver Run Trails, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Wild Bill Lake. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Carbon County Historical Society and Museum, view the masterpieces at Carbon County Art Guild & Depot Gallery, and then stroll through Lake Fork Trail.

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Getting from Cooke City to Red Lodge by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Cooke City in August; daily highs in Red Lodge reach 79°F and lows reach 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Red Lodge

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums