19 days in Montana Itinerary

19 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana route planner
Make it your trip
— 3 nights
— 3 nights
West Yellowstone
— 1 night
— 4 nights
Glacier National Park
— 7 nights


Bozeman — 3 nights

Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sky (River Rafting & Tubing & Horseback Riding Tours) and Livingston (Sacajawea Park & Yellowstone Guidelines). There's much more to do: look and learn at Museum of the Rockies, soothe aching muscles at Spire Climbing Center, examine the collection at American Computer & Robotics Museum, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Bozeman.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bozeman trip planning site.

Tampa to Bozeman is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Tampa to Bozeman. When traveling from Tampa in August, plan for slightly colder days in Bozeman, with highs around 84°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Gardiner.
Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries
Side Trips

Gardiner — 3 nights

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Change things up with these side-trips from Gardiner: Big Sky (Beehive Basin Trail & Ousel Falls Trail) and Clarks Fork Trail (in Cooke City). And it doesn't end there: trot along with a tour on horseback, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and explore and take pictures at Beartooth Hwy.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Gardiner day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Bozeman to Gardiner takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, Gardiner is slightly colder than Bozeman - with highs of 75°F and lows of 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to West Yellowstone.
Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Tours
Side Trips

West Yellowstone — 1 night

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and then get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the West Yellowstone trip planner.

Drive from Gardiner to West Yellowstone in 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in West Yellowstone are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Missoula.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Tours

Missoula — 4 nights

Missoula is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. Get out of town with these interesting Missoula side-trips: Flathead Lake (in Polson), Bigfork (Eric Thorsen Art Studio & Howe’s Fishing – A Able/Mo Fisch Charters and Tours) and Bison Range (in Moiese). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center, walk around McCormick Park, look for gifts at Grizzly Hackle Fly Shop, and get in on the family fun at A Carousel for Missoula.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Missoula vacation planning website.

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Missoula in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from West Yellowstone in August: high temperatures in Missoula hover around 86°F and lows are around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Glacier National Park.
Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature
Side Trips

Glacier National Park — 7 nights

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 21st (Sun), hike the day away at Highline Trail. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier, admire the verdant scenery at Logan Pass, take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, and take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Glacier National Park online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Missoula to Glacier National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In August, daily temperatures in Glacier National Park can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. On the 25th (Thu), you're off to home.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Montana travel guide

River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Nature & Parks
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.