17 days in Montana Itinerary

17 days in Montana Itinerary

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Fly to Bozeman, Shuttle to West Yellowstone
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West Yellowstone
— 5 nights
Drive
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Gardiner
— 4 nights
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West Glacier
— 7 nights
Fly

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West Yellowstone

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Attractions like Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and Fishing Charters & Tours make great kid-friendly stops. Explore West Yellowstone's surroundings by going to Big Sky (Lone Peak, Nature & Wildlife Tours, &more) and Museum of the Rockies (in Bozeman). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Yellowstone River, contemplate the long history of Earthquake Lake, look for gifts at Send it Home, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the West Yellowstone vacation site.

Minneapolis to West Yellowstone is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Minneapolis in June, plan for a bit cooler days in West Yellowstone, with highs around 69°F, while nights are colder with lows around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Gardiner

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Horseback Riding Tours and River Rafting & Tubing. Venture out of the city with trips to Sacajawea Park (in Polson), Pine Creek Trail (in Livingston) and Cooke City (Cooke City Montana Museum & Clay Butte Fire Lookout Tower). There's still lots to do: explore by horseback at Wilderness Connection, take a memorable drive along Beartooth Hwy, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Soldiers Chapel, and stroll through Ousel Falls Trail.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Gardiner attractions planner.

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Gardiner takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Gardiner sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to West Glacier.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

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West Glacier

West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. Attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Hidden Lake make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near West Glacier: Glacier National Park (Going-to-the-Sun Road, Logan Pass, &more). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Trail of the Cedars and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McDonald.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read West Glacier trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Gardiner to West Glacier in 7 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. In July, West Glacier is a bit warmer than Gardiner - with highs of 85°F and lows of 49°F. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in West Glacier

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.