17 days in Montana Itinerary

17 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana route planner

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Whitefish
— 1 night
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Glacier National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Great Falls
— 2 nights
Drive
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West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
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Gardiner
— 3 nights
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Bozeman
— 3 nights
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Whitefish

— 1 night
Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. On the 11th (Fri), view the masterpieces at Sunti World Art Gallery, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then sample the fine beverages at Glacier Distilling Company. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Glacier National Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Whitefish road trip app.

Chicago to Whitefish is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Chicago in June, with highs in Whitefish at 75°F and lows at 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Whitefish

Nature · Parks · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

Glacier National Park

— 5 nights

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: cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road, take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls, trek along Trail of the Cedars, and contemplate the waterfront views at Swiftcurrent Falls.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Whitefish to Glacier National Park by car takes about an hour. In June, daytime highs in Glacier National Park are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Great Falls.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Great Falls

— 2 nights
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Giant Springs State Park, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and then hike along River's Edge Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at C.M. Russell Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Sacagawea Springs, and then see human ingenuity at work at Ryan Dam - Great Falls of the Missouri.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Great Falls travel route planner.

Getting from Glacier National Park to Great Falls by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Great Falls can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

West Yellowstone

— 2 nights
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): stop by Send it Home, then find something for the whole family at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, then look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and finally cast your line with a fishing tour. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then explore the activities along Yellowstone River.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read West Yellowstone holiday planner.

You can drive from Great Falls to West Yellowstone in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Great Falls in June, expect West Yellowstone to be little chillier, temps between 69°F and 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Gardiner

— 3 nights
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Take a break from Gardiner with a short trip to Cooke City Montana Museum in Cooke City, about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: trot along with a tour on horseback, take a memorable drive along Beartooth Hwy, ride a horse along Wilderness Connection, and take a peaceful walk through Gallatin National Forest.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Gardiner driving holiday planner.

Drive from West Yellowstone to Gardiner in 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bozeman.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Bozeman

— 3 nights
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bozeman: Big Sky (Ousel Falls Trail, River Rafting & Tubing, &more). And it doesn't end there: see the sky in a new way at Museum of the Rockies, take an in-depth tour of American Computer & Robotics Museum, take in breathtaking views at Gallatin Canyon, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Montana Grizzly Encounter.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Bozeman trip tool.

Traveling by car from Gardiner to Bozeman takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Gardiner in June, expect Bozeman to be somewhat warmer, temps between 77°F and 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Childrens Museums

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.