19 days in Yellowstone Country Itinerary

19 days in Yellowstone Country Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Bozeman
— 5 nights
Drive
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Big Timber
— 1 night
Drive
3
Red Lodge
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Cooke City
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Gardiner
— 2 nights
Drive
6
West Yellowstone
— 5 nights
Shuttle to Bozeman, Fly to New York City

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Bozeman — 5 nights

Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bozeman: Big Sky (River Rafting & Tubing, The Soldiers Chapel, &more), Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park (in Three Forks) and Livingston (Sacajawea Park & Yellowstone Guidelines). Next up on the itinerary: look and learn at Museum of the Rockies, take in the dramatic scenery at Palisade Falls, stop by Montana Gift Corral, and grab your bike and head to Middle Cottonwood Trailhead.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bozeman travel route planner.

New York City to Bozeman is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Bozeman due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in August, plan for cooler nights in Bozeman, with lows around 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Big Timber.
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Big Timber — 1 night

Big Timber is a city in and the county seat of Sweet Grass County, Montana, United States. On the 13th (Sat), make a trip to Two Rivers Gallery and then see the interesting displays at Crazy Mountain Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Big Timber trip planning site.

You can drive from Bozeman to Big Timber in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Red Lodge.
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Museums

Red Lodge — 3 nights

Red Lodge is a city in and the county seat of Carbon County, Montana, United States. Red Lodge is known for winter sports, shopping, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: hike along Silver Run Trails, stop by Babcock & Miles, tour the pleasant surroundings at Basin Creek Lakes Trail, and view the masterpieces at Carbon County Art Guild & Depot Gallery.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Red Lodge trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Big Timber to Red Lodge in 1.5 hours. While traveling from Big Timber, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Red Lodge, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cooke City.
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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 17th (Wed): stop by Sylvia's Sweet Shoppe, take an in-depth tour of Cooke City Montana Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Clarks Fork Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): learn more about the world around you at Yellowstone Trading Post and then take in panoramic vistas at Clay Butte Fire Lookout Tower.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cooke City trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Red Lodge to Cooke City takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Red Lodge in August, things will get a bit cooler in Cooke City: highs are around 70°F and lows about 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Gardiner.
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Gardiner — 2 nights

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): stop by Parks' Fly Shop and then trot along with a tour on horseback. On the next day, ride a horse along Wilderness Connection and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

Find out how to plan Gardiner trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can drive from Cooke City to Gardiner in 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Gardiner are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to West Yellowstone.
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West Yellowstone — 5 nights

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Explore West Yellowstone's surroundings by going to Big Sky (Lone Peak, Ousel Falls Trail, &more). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, steep yourself in history at Earthquake Lake, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our West Yellowstone trip planning website.

Getting from Gardiner to West Yellowstone by car takes about 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 37°F. You will leave for home on the 25th (Thu).
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