19 days in Montana Itinerary

19 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana trip planner

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Fly to Billings Logan International Airport, Drive to Cooke City
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Cooke City
— 2 nights
Drive
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West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bozeman
— 3 nights
Drive
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Missoula
— 3 nights
Drive
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Glacier National Park
— 7 nights
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Cooke City

— 2 nights
Cooke City-Silver Gate is a census-designated place (CDP) in Park County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): get a new perspective on nature at Yellowstone Trading Post, then take a memorable drive along Beartooth Hwy, then take some stellar pictures from Clay Butte Fire Lookout Tower, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Clarks Fork Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): stop by Cooke City General Store and then take an in-depth tour of Cooke City Montana Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cooke City trip itinerary planning tool.

Birmingham to Cooke City is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Birmingham to Cooke City. Traveling from Birmingham in June, expect Cooke City to be colder, temps between 66°F and 34°F. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Wed) before leaving for West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Cooke City

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Trails · Parks

Side Trip

West Yellowstone

— 3 nights
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Change things up with a short trip to Ousel Falls Trail in Big Sky (about 1h 5 min away). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, explore the activities along Yellowstone River, steep yourself in history at Earthquake Lake, and get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our West Yellowstone itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Cooke City to West Yellowstone in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in June, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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. Change things up with these side-trips from Bozeman: Big Sky (Beehive Basin Trail & Big Sky Resort) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Gardiner). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Rockies, take in breathtaking views at Gallatin Canyon, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bozeman Spirits Distillery, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Bozeman.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Bozeman online vacation maker.

Getting from West Yellowstone to Bozeman by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from West Yellowstone in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Bozeman: highs are around 77°F and lows about 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Missoula

— 3 nights
Missoula is a city in the U.S. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Missoula: Stevensville (Kootenai Creek Trail & St. Mary's Peak), National Bison Range (in Moiese) and Polson (Sacajawea Park & Flathead Lake). Next up on the itinerary: let little ones run wild at McCormick Park, identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, explore the landscape on two wheels at Silver Park, and stroll through Travelers' Rest State Park.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Missoula vacation planner.

Drive from Bozeman to Missoula in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In June in Missoula, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Glacier National Park

— 7 nights

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: stroll through Iceberg Lake Trail, explore the activities along Iceberg Lake, take in the dramatic scenery at St.Mary Falls, and take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road.

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You can drive from Missoula to Glacier National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In July, daily temperatures in Glacier National Park can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.