17 days in Montana & South Central Colorado Itinerary

17 days in Montana & South Central Colorado Itinerary

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Fly
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Bozeman
— 3 nights
Drive
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West Yellowstone
— 1 night
Drive
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Missoula
— 2 nights
Drive
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Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
Fly to Aspen, Drive to Buena Vista
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Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
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Bozeman

Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Lone Peak and Big Sky Resort. Explore Bozeman's surroundings by going to Horseback Riding Tours (in Gardiner) and Big Sky (The Soldiers Chapel & Ousel Falls Trail). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Rockies, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bozeman Spirits Distillery, appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Bozeman, and get curious at Montana Science Center.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Bozeman trip itinerary planner.

Miami to Bozeman is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Miami in March, things will get much colder in Bozeman: highs are around 49°F and lows about 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Bozeman

Museums · Childrens Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

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West Yellowstone

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
On the 4th (Sat), take in the awesome beauty at Two Top, identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, then get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, and finally look for gifts at Send it Home.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the West Yellowstone trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Bozeman to West Yellowstone takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Bozeman in April, expect West Yellowstone to be a bit cooler, temps between 44°F and 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Missoula.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Theme Parks

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Missoula

Missoula is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): stroll around Caras Park, have fun at Dragon Hollow Play Area, then hunt for treasures at Downtown ToNite, and finally get in on the family fun at A Carousel for Missoula. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Jumbo North Peak Trail, let little ones run wild at McCormick Park, get a new perspective on nature at Montana Natural History Center, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Silver Park, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Imagine Nation Brewing Co.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Missoula online trip maker.

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Missoula in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from West Yellowstone in April; daily highs in Missoula reach 57°F and lows reach 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks · Outdoors · Fun & Games · Trails

3
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Glacier National Park

Crown of the Continent

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.
Glacier National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Swiftcurrent Pass Hike, hike along Siyeh Pass, get great views at Jackson Glacier Overlook, and take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park route builder site.

Traveling by car from Missoula to Glacier National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in April, and nighttime lows around 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

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Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Family-friendly places like River Rafting & Tubing and Vicksburg will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: stroll around McPhelemy Park, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, contemplate the waterfront views at Cottonwood Lake, and sample the fine beverages at Deerhammer Distillery.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Buena Vista route planner.

Getting from Glacier National Park to Buena Vista by combination of flight and car takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In April in Buena Vista, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 27°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

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Colorado Springs

Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Garden of the Gods and National Museum of World War II Aviation. There's much more to do: meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, see the interesting displays at Miramont Castle Museum, stroll around Red Rock Canyon Open Space, and find something for the whole family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs road trip site.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Colorado Springs, with lows of 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Theme Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Montana travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Wildlife Areas
The Crown of the Continent
With a population of only one million, Montana remains an untouched natural paradise of snowcapped peaks, expansive forests, and alpine lakes, dotted with Old West ghost towns, Indian reservations, and progressive urban communities. Appreciate the state's unique charm and beauty with a trip to Glacier National Park, where you can come face-to-face with Montana wildlife among its high peaks. Head to the state's largest cities, Billings and Missoula, for an array of historical attractions and cultural sightseeing.