19 days in Montana Itinerary

19 days in Montana Itinerary

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19 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Cardiff
Fly:  15 h
1
Bozeman
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
3
Whitefish
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Glacier National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h
5
Missoula
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
6
Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Fly + Train:  15 h 15 min
End: Cardiff

3
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. Explore Bozeman's surroundings by going to Big Sky (Big Sky Resort, Lone Peak, &more) and Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park (in Three Forks). There's still lots to do: learn more about the world around you at Museum of the Rockies, take a stroll around Bozeman Public Library, take an in-depth tour of American Computer & Robotics Museum, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bozeman Spirits Distillery.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Bozeman online trip planner.

Cardiff, UK to Bozeman is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Cardiff to Bozeman due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cardiff in July: highs in Bozeman hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Helena.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Big Sky, Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park
Highlights from your plan
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park ©
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park
Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies
American Computer & Robotics Museum ©

1
night
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. On the 9th (Thu), ponder the world of politics at Montana State Capitol, then explore the striking landscape of Gates of the Mountains, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Helena.

To find more things to do and tourist information, read Helena trip maker tool.

You can drive from Bozeman to Helena in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Helena when traveling from Bozeman in July, with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Whitefish.

Things to do in Helena

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Montana State Capitol ©
Montana State Capitol

3
nights
Whitefish

Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Whitefish side-trips: West Glacier (River Rafting & Tubing & Glacier National Park). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Glacier National Park, make a splash at Big Sky Water Park, contemplate the long history of Conrad Mansion, and don't miss a visit to Whitefish Depot.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Whitefish vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Helena to Whitefish takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Helena in July, Whitefish is a bit cooler at night with lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Whitefish

Parks Nature Adventure

Side Trips

West Glacier, Coram, Conrad Mansion, Big Sky Water Park
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Conrad Mansion ©
Conrad Mansion
Glacier Distilling Company ©
Glacier Distilling Company

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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.
Glacier National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, appreciate the views at Logan Pass, admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls, and trek along Highline Trail.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Glacier National Park online trip planner.

You can drive from Whitefish to Glacier National Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. July in Glacier National Park sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Missoula.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road
Virginia Falls ©
Virginia Falls

3
nights
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Missoula: River Rafting & Tubing (in Superior) and Polson (Sacajawea Park, Flathead Lake, &more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center, identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, walk around Caras Park, and let the kids burn off some steam at McCormick Park.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Missoula road trip site.

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Missoula takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Missoula can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Gardiner.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Polson, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Caras Park ©
Caras Park
Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center ©
River Rafting & Tubing

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 20th (Mon): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then look for gifts at Parks' Fly Shop, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Gardiner day trip website.

Traveling by car from Missoula to Gardiner takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and car. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Missoula in July; daily highs in Gardiner reach 29°C and lows reach 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Gardiner

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

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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 21st (Tue): stop by Send it Home, then get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, then look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and finally get interesting insight from Tours. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Earthquake Lake and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the West Yellowstone trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gardiner to West Yellowstone takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in West Yellowstone can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Tours Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun ©
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Fishing Charters & Tours

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