20 days in Montana, Grand Teton National Park & Colorado Itinerary

20 days in Montana, Grand Teton National Park & Colorado Itinerary

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Start: Charlotte
Fly:  9 h 15 min
1
Glacier National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  7 h 15 min
2
Gardiner
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Grand Teton National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
4
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
5
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
End: Charlotte

4
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.
On the 15th (Wed), hike the day away at Highline Trail. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, appreciate the views at Logan Pass, explore the activities along McDonald Creek, and take some stellar pictures from Jackson Glacier Overlook.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park tour planner.

Charlotte to Glacier National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Charlotte to Glacier National Park is minus 2 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Charlotte in July: highs in Glacier National Park hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Gardiner.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

3
nights
Gardiner

Gardiner ©
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Attractions like Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Osprey Falls Trail make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Gardiner's surroundings by going to Yellowstone National Park (Uncle Tom's Trail, Lookout Point, &more). There's more to do: trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Gardiner itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Gardiner takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Glacier National Park in July, expect Gardiner to be little chillier, temps between 77°F and 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Gardiner

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Horseback Riding Tours
Mount Washburn ©
Mount Washburn

3
nights
Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park ©
The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
Family-friendly places like Grand Teton and Cascade Canyon Trail will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: cruise along Teton Park Road, take in the awesome beauty at Elk Ranch Flats Turnout, Grand Teton National Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel of the Sacred Heart, and hike along Jenny Lake Trail.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Teton National Park online day trip planner.

You can drive from Gardiner to Grand Teton National Park in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in July, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Durango.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Cascade Canyon Trail ©
Cascade Canyon Trail
Jenny Lake Trail ©
Jenny Lake Trail

2
nights
Durango

Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with Scenic Aperture Gallery, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then see Off-Road Tours. On the next day, make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango, thentake a memorable tour with Tours, and then examine the collection at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Durango itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Grand Teton National Park to Durango in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Grand Teton National Park in July, with highs in Durango at 86°F and lows at 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
River Rafting & Tubing
Zipline

2
nights
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): hike along Hanging Lake Trail, thenboost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and then sample the fine beverages at Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs visit planner.

You can drive from Durango to Glenwood Springs in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Durango, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Theme Parks Outdoors Spas

Side Trip

Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn
Highlights from your plan
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park ©
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
River Rafting & Tubing
Thermal Spas

2
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, thenmingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Sundance and Friends, thentake a memorable tour with Tours, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at St Mary's Alice.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista trip planner.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in July: highs in Buena Vista hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

St Mary's Alice
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Off-Road Tours
Zipline

1
night
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, get in on the family fun at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, thenwalk around Garden of the Gods, and finally stop by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in July, expect Colorado Springs to be a bit warmer, temps between 86°F and 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop ©
North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop

2
nights
Denver

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
On the 30th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. On the next day, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo and then get a new perspective on nature at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Denver trip planning site.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Denver are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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