17 days in Montana Itinerary

17 days in Montana Itinerary

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Fly
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West Glacier
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bozeman
— 4 nights
Drive
3
West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Gardiner
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Cooke City
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Hardin
— 2 nights
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West Glacier

— 3 nights
West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. Explore West Glacier's surroundings by going to Glacier National Park (Virginia Falls, Going-to-the-Sun Road, &more). And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, hike along Trail of the Cedars, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McDonald.

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Dallas to West Glacier is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Dallas in June, plan for slightly colder days in West Glacier, with highs around 75°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Glacier

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

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. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sky (Horseback Riding Tours, Big Sky Resort, &more) and Yellowstone Guidelines (in Livingston). There's lots more to do: look and learn at Museum of the Rockies, take in breathtaking views at Gallatin Canyon, have fun and explore at Montana Science Center, and sample the fine beverages at Bozeman Spirits Distillery.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Bozeman trip planner.

You can drive from West Glacier to Bozeman in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

West Yellowstone

— 3 nights
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Step out of West Yellowstone with an excursion to Ousel Falls Trail in Big Sky--about 1h 5 min away. There's much more to do: stroll through Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone River, steep yourself in history at Earthquake Lake, and stop by Send it Home.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read West Yellowstone trip tool.

You can drive from Bozeman to West Yellowstone in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Bozeman in July, things will get little chillier in West Yellowstone: highs are around 77°F and lows about 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Gardiner.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Gardiner

— 2 nights
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilderness Connection and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. On your second day here, stop by Parks' Fly Shop, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and then get a dose of the wild on Yellowstone Year Round Safaris.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Gardiner road trip planning site.

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Gardiner in 2 hours. July in Gardiner sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Cooke City.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Trails

Cooke City

— 2 nights
Cooke City-Silver Gate is a census-designated place (CDP) in Park County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): get a new perspective on nature at Yellowstone Trading Post, stop by Sylvia's Sweet Shoppe, then get engrossed in the history at Cooke City Montana Museum, and finally trek along Clarks Fork Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cruise along Beartooth Hwy and then enjoy breathtaking views from Clay Butte Fire Lookout Tower.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cooke City day trip app.

You can drive from Gardiner to Cooke City in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in July, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Hardin.

Things to do in Cooke City

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Hardin

— 2 nights
Hardin is a city in and the county seat of Big Horn County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): take in the history at Custer Battlefield Trading Company, appreciate the history behind Little Bighorn Battlefield, and then take an in-depth tour of Big Horn County Historical Museum. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the history at Custer Battlefield Museum and then look for gifts at Bighorn Trout Shop.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hardin trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Cooke City to Hardin in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Cooke City in July, things will get cooler in Hardin: highs are around 8°F and lows about 8°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hardin

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Montana travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Nature & Parks
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.