17 days in Glacier National Park, Great Falls & West Yellowstone Itinerary

17 days in Glacier National Park, Great Falls & West Yellowstone Itinerary

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17 days in Glacier National Park, Great Falls & West Yellowstone Itinerary

Start: Glacier National Park
1
Glacier National Park
— 11 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Great Falls
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
End: Glacier National Park

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Goat Lick Overlook and Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. Go for a jaunt from Glacier National Park to Polebridge to see The Polebridge Mercantile about 50 minutes away. Spend the 17th (Mon) exploring nature at Red Rock Falls, Glacier National Park. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Avalanche Lake, tour the pleasant surroundings at Trail of the Cedars, hike along Grinnell Glacier, and take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park trip builder .

In June in Glacier National Park, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

The Polebridge Mercantile
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Virginia Falls ©
Virginia Falls
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

2
nights
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. On the 22nd (Sat), admire the masterpieces at C.M. Russell Museum, then admire the majestic nature at Giant Springs State Park, then enjoy some music at Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and finally get engrossed in the history at Ursuline Centre. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the engineering at Ryan Dam - Great Falls of the Missouri, hike along River's Edge Trail, and then steep yourself in history at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Great Falls online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Great Falls takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, train, and bus. In June, daytime highs in Great Falls are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
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Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park
First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park ©
River's Edge Trail ©
River's Edge Trail

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West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
On the 24th (Mon), witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, take in the natural beauty of Solitary Geyser, and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Lone Star Geyser, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, and then identify plant and animal life at Firehole Canyon Drive.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the West Yellowstone day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Great Falls to West Yellowstone in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Great Falls in June, with highs in West Yellowstone at 69°F and lows at 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park
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Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

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