17 days in Montana Itinerary

17 days in Montana Itinerary

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17 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Austin
Fly + taxi:  8​h 15​min
1
Glacier National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Great Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
3
Dillon
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Bozeman
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Billings
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Austin

4
nights
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Virginia Falls and Iceberg Lake Trail. Get in touch with nature at Swiftcurrent Lake and Logan Pass. There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, explore the striking landscape at Jackson Glacier Overlook, tour the pleasant surroundings at Highline Trail, and hike along Trail of the Cedars.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Glacier National Park trip itinerary builder tool .

Austin to Glacier National Park is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Austin to Glacier National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Austin in July, you will find days in Glacier National Park are a bit cooler (85°F), and nights are colder (49°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Logan Pass ©
Logan Pass
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road

1
night
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Giant Springs State Park, get to know the fascinating history of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, then examine the collection at C.M. Russell Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Ursuline Centre.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Great Falls visit planner.

You can drive from Glacier National Park to Great Falls in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Great Falls, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Dillon.

Things to do in Great Falls

Nature Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
C.M. Russell Museum ©
C.M. Russell Museum
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park

1
night
Dillon

Dillon ©
Dillon is a city in and the county seat of Beaverhead County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pioneer Mountain Wilderness Area, admire the majestic nature at Bannack State Park, and then get all the information you need at Dillon Visitor Center.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Dillon trip planner .

You can drive from Great Falls to Dillon in 3.5 hours. July in Dillon sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Dillon

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Bannack State Park ©
Bannack State Park

3
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Let the collections at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and Yellowstone River capture your imagination. Popular historic sites such as Fishing Charters & Tours and Ousel Falls Trail are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sky (Big Sky Resort & Grizzly Outfitters Ski & Backcountry Sports). It doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Yellowstone Historic Center and explore the activities along Earthquake Lake.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the West Yellowstone trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Dillon to West Yellowstone in 3 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Dillon in July; daily highs in West Yellowstone reach 77°F and lows reach 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Big Sky
Highlights from your plan
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Fishing Charters & Tours
Big Sky Resort ©
Big Sky Resort

1
night
Gardiner

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): get interesting insight from Tours, stop by Parks' Fly Shop, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Gardiner road trip planner .

Getting from West Yellowstone to Gardiner by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Gardiner are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in Gardiner

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing
Parks' Fly Shop ©
Parks' Fly Shop

2
nights
Bozeman

Bozeman ©
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. On the 26th (Fri), learn more about the world around you at Museum of the Rockies, then get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Bozeman, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Middle Cottonwood Trailhead. Keep things going the next day: get to know the resident critters at Montana Grizzly Encounter, take an in-depth tour of American Computer Museum, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Palisade Falls.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Bozeman trip planner .

Traveling by car from Gardiner to Bozeman takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Gardiner in July; daily highs in Bozeman reach 86°F and lows reach 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Billings.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies
American Computer Museum ©
American Computer Museum
Downtown Bozeman ©
Downtown Bozeman

4
nights
Billings

Billings ©
Billings is the largest city in the state of Montana, and is the principal city of the Billings Metropolitan Area with a population of 166,855.Billings is located in the south-eastern portion of the state and is the seat of Yellowstone County, which had a 2015 population of 157,048. Do some cultural sightseeing at Little Bighorn Battlefield and Toucan Gallery. Take a break from the city and head to Horseback Riding Tours and The Rimrocks. Explore Billings' surroundings by going to Big Horn County Historical Museum (in Hardin), Pompeys Pillar National Monument (in Pompeys Pillar) and Custer Battlefield Museum (in Garryowen). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Moss Mansion, appreciate the history behind Pompeys Pillar, look for gifts at Scheels, and learn about winemaking at Yellowstone Cellars & Winery.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Billings online attractions planner .

Drive from Bozeman to Billings in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Bozeman in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Billings, with lows around 60°F. You will leave for home on the 31st (Wed).

Things to do in Billings

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Little Bighorn Battlefield, Custer Battlefield Museum, Big Horn County Historical Museum, Pompeys Pillar National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Custer Battlefield Museum ©
Custer Battlefield Museum
Little Bighorn Battlefield ©
Little Bighorn Battlefield
Big Horn County Historical Museum ©
Big Horn County Historical Museum

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