17 days in Montana Itinerary

17 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana trip planner
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Bozeman
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gardiner
— 3 nights
Drive
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Great Falls
— 3 nights
Drive
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Glacier National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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Missoula
— 2 nights
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Bozeman — 2 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: Horseback Riding Tours (in Big Sky) and Yellowstone Guidelines (in Livingston). Next up on the itinerary: engage your brain at Museum of the Rockies, get engrossed in the history at American Computer & Robotics Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Bozeman, and take in breathtaking views at Gallatin Canyon.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Bozeman route planner.

Fresno to Bozeman is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Fresno to Bozeman, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Fresno in September, expect Bozeman to be cooler, temps between 72°F and 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Gardiner.
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Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Childrens Museums
Side Trips

Gardiner — 3 nights

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Get out of town with these interesting Gardiner side-trips: Clay Butte Fire Lookout Tower (in Cooke City) and West Yellowstone (Fishing Charters & Tours, Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, &more). There's still lots to do: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, explore and take pictures at Beartooth Hwy, explore by horseback at Wilderness Connection, and contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone River.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Gardiner vacation maker site.

Traveling by car from Bozeman to Gardiner takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Bozeman in September, expect Gardiner to be little chillier, temps between 64°F and 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Great Falls.
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Great Falls — 3 nights

Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Explore Great Falls' surroundings by going to Helena (Montana Historical Society Museum & Cathedral of St. Helena). And it doesn't end there: listen to music at Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, get engrossed in the history at Ursuline Centre, identify plant and animal life at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, and immerse yourself in nature at Giant Springs State Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Great Falls trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gardiner to Great Falls takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Gardiner in October; daily highs in Great Falls reach 59°F and lows reach 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Glacier National Park.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife
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Glacier National Park — 6 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.
On the 9th (Sun), hike the day away at Highline Trail. There's much more to do: cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road, explore the activities along Fishercap Lake, hike along Iceberg Lake Trail, and take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Glacier National Park trip planner.

Getting from Great Falls to Glacier National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. In October in Glacier National Park, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 31°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Missoula.
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Missoula — 2 nights

Missoula is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. On the 11th (Tue), let the kids burn off some steam at McCormick Park, stop by Grizzly Hackle Fly Shop, then get in on the family fun at A Carousel for Missoula, then hunt for treasures at Downtown ToNite, and finally stroll around Caras Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, cast your line with a fishing tour, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Jumbo North Peak Trail, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Silver Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Missoula trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Glacier National Park to Missoula in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. In October, daytime highs in Missoula are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.
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Montana travel guide

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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.
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