17 days in Montana Itinerary

17 days in Montana Itinerary

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17 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Charleston
Drive:  34​h
1
West Glacier
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Seeley Lake
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Great Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Malta
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
6
Cooke City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
8
Big Sky
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Bozeman
— 1 night
Drive:  31​h
End: Charleston

1
night
West Glacier

West Glacier ©
West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): stop by Willow's HuckleberryLand, then take an in-depth tour of Depot Park, and then sample the fine beverages at Glacier Distilling Company. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Hidden Lake.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the West Glacier trip itinerary builder website .

Charleston to West Glacier is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Charleston to West Glacier, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Charleston in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in West Glacier, with lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in West Glacier

Nature Parks Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Willow's HuckleberryLand, Glacier Distilling Company, Depot Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Distilling Company ©
Glacier Distilling Company
Depot Park ©
Depot Park
Willow's HuckleberryLand ©
Willow's HuckleberryLand

2
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.
On the 10th (Wed), trek along Grinnell Glacier. On the next day, appreciate the views at Logan Pass, then hike along Highline Trail, and then get to know the fascinating history of Garden Wall.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park trip app .

You can drive from West Glacier to Glacier National Park in an hour. July in Glacier National Park sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Seeley Lake.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Highline Trail ©
Highline Trail

1
night
Seeley Lake

Seeley Lake ©
Seeley Lake is a census-designated place (CDP) in Missoula County, Montana, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Symes Hot Springs as well as Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): explore and take pictures at Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine, soothe aching muscles at Symes Hot Springs, and then take a peaceful walk through Salmon Lake State Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Seeley Lake trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Seeley Lake takes 3 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Great Falls.

Things to do in Seeley Lake

Nature Parks Trails

Side Trips

Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine, Symes Hot Springs
Highlights from your plan
Salmon Lake State Park ©
Salmon Lake State Park
Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine ©
Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine

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night
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. On the 14th (Sun), explore the world behind art at C.M. Russell Museum, then immerse yourself in nature at Giant Springs State Park, then enjoy some music at Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and finally take an in-depth tour of Ursuline Centre.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Great Falls trip builder site .

Getting from Seeley Lake to Great Falls by car takes about 2.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Malta.

Things to do in Great Falls

Nature Parks Wildlife
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
Malta

Malta ©
Malta is a city in, and the county seat of, Phillips County, Montana, United States, located at the intersection of U.S. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): explore the activities along Bowdoin Lake, then see the interesting displays at Phillips County Museum, and then get curious at Great Plains Dinosaur Museum.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Malta trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Malta takes 3.5 hours. In July in Malta, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cooke City.

Things to do in Malta

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Great Plains Dinosaur Museum ©
Great Plains Dinosaur Museum
Phillips County Museum ©
Phillips County Museum

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night
Cooke City

Cooke City ©
Cooke City-Silver Gate is a census-designated place (CDP) in Park County, Montana, United States. On the 16th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Cooke City Montana Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Yellowstone Trading Post, then take a memorable drive along Beartooth Hwy, and finally take a memorable drive along Beartooth Highway.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cooke City day trip site .

Traveling by car from Malta to Cooke City takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In July, Cooke City is little chillier than Malta - with highs of 73°F and lows of 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Cooke City

Outdoors Scenic Drive Museums

Side Trip

Beartooth Hwy
Highlights from your plan
Cooke City Montana Museum ©
Cooke City Montana Museum
Yellowstone Trading Post ©
Yellowstone Trading Post

2
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gibbon Falls, witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, then take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, and finally identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Old Faithful Visitor Education Center.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the West Yellowstone trip itinerary site .

Getting from Cooke City to West Yellowstone by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in July, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Big Sky.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park
Highlights from your plan
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center

2
nights
Big Sky

Big Sky ©
Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): stroll through Ousel Falls Trail, then head outdoors with Grizzly Outfitters Ski & Backcountry Sports, then explore the different monuments and memorials at The Soldiers Chapel, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): hit the slopes at Big Sky Resort.

For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Big Sky trip itinerary tool .

Drive from West Yellowstone to Big Sky in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in July, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in Big Sky

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Big Sky Resort ©
Big Sky Resort
The Soldiers Chapel ©
The Soldiers Chapel

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night
Bozeman

Bozeman ©
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): learn more about the world around you at Museum of the Rockies, then take an in-depth tour of American Computer Museum, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Montana Grizzly Encounter.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Bozeman holiday planner .

You can drive from Big Sky to Bozeman in 1.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Big Sky in July: high temperatures in Bozeman hover around 86°F and lows are around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bozeman

Museums Childrens Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies
American Computer & Robotics Museum ©
Montana Grizzly Encounter ©
Montana Grizzly Encounter

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