17 days in Montana Itinerary

17 days in Montana Itinerary

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Glacier National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Whitefish
— 3 nights
Drive
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West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
Drive
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Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive
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Bozeman
— 3 nights
Drive
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Red Lodge
— 2 nights
Drive to Billings Logan International Airport, Fly to Minneapolis-St Paul International/Wold-Chamberlain Airport

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Glacier National Park

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.
Glacier National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Swiftcurrent Pass Hike, admire all the interesting features of Going-to-the-Sun Road, explore the activities along Bullhead Lake, and take some stellar pictures from Jackson Glacier Overlook.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Glacier National Park trip maker app.

Minneapolis to Glacier National Park is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In March, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 25°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Whitefish.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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Whitefish

Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Bring the kids along to Whitefish Mountain Resort and River Rafting & Tubing. Change things up with a short trip to Dawson Pass and Pitamakan Pass Loop in East Glacier Park (about 1h 20 min away). There's still lots to do: have some family-friendly fun at Amazing Fun Center, kick back and relax at City Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Sunti World Art Gallery, and make a splash at Big Sky Water Park.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Whitefish trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Glacier National Park to Whitefish by car takes about 1.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Whitefish can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Whitefish

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Adventure

Side Trips

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West Yellowstone

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and Yellowstone Big Gun Fun. Get out of town with these interesting West Yellowstone side-trips: Big Sky (Lone Peak & Ousel Falls Trail). There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, get your game on at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos, stop by Send it Home, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the West Yellowstone vacation builder website.

Getting from Whitefish to West Yellowstone by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of train, bus, car, and shuttle. In March, West Yellowstone is little chillier than Whitefish - with highs of 37°F and lows of 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Gardiner

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
On the 2nd (Thu), look for gifts at Parks' Fly Shop, trot along with a tour on horseback, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

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Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Gardiner takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Gardiner are 44°F, while nighttime lows are 22°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bozeman.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Shopping

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Bozeman

Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Kids will appreciate attractions like Bridger Bowl and American Computer & Robotics Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sky (Beehive Basin Trail, Big Sky Resort, &more). There's still lots to do: see the sky in a new way at Museum of the Rockies, hit the slopes at Crosscut Mountain Sport Center, get to know the resident critters at Montana Grizzly Encounter, and engage your brain at Montana Science Center.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Bozeman trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Gardiner to Bozeman takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Gardiner in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Bozeman: highs are around 56°F and lows about 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Red Lodge.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trip

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Red Lodge

Red Lodge is a city in and the county seat of Carbon County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): look for gifts at Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary, then explore and take pictures at Beartooth Hwy, and then hike along Lake Fork Trail. On the next day, look for gifts at Babcock & Miles, tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Lodge Mountain, and then trek along Silver Run Trails.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Red Lodge travel route planner.

You can drive from Bozeman to Red Lodge in 2.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Red Lodge are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Red Lodge

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Shopping

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.