21 days in Montana Itinerary

21 days in Montana Itinerary

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21 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Bozeman
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Gardiner
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Great Falls
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
West Glacier
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Missoula
— 5 nights
Fly + Foot:  9​h
End: New York City

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Bozeman: Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park (in Three Forks) and Big Sky (Big Sky Resort, Lone Peak, & more). And it doesn't end there: engage your brain at Museum of the Rockies, make a trip to Emerson Cultural Center, take an in-depth tour of American Computer & Robotics Museum, and grab your bike and head to Middle Cottonwood Trailhead.

Plan my day in Bozeman using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

New York City to Bozeman is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in July, Bozeman is cooler at night with lows of 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Gardiner.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Gardiner

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gardiner: West Yellowstone (Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, & more) and Cooke City (Cooke City Montana Museum & Clarks Fork Trail). Next up on the itinerary: trot along with a tour on horseback, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the activities along Yellowstone River, and admire all the interesting features of Beartooth Hwy.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Gardiner travel route planning tool .

Drive from Bozeman to Gardiner in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Bozeman in July, with highs in Gardiner at 77°F and lows at 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

West Yellowstone, Cooke City, Beartooth Hwy
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Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center

4
nights
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Great Falls side-trips: Helena (Cathedral of St. Helena, Gates of the Mountains, & more). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, admire the masterpieces at C.M. Russell Museum, admire the majestic nature at Giant Springs State Park, and take an in-depth tour of Ursuline Centre.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Great Falls trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Gardiner to Great Falls takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Gardiner in August: high temperatures in Great Falls hover around 84°F and lows are around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to West Glacier.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Helena
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Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park

5
nights
West Glacier

West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from West Glacier: Glacier National Park (Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, Logan Pass, & more). Next up on the itinerary: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Hidden Lake, take an in-depth tour of Depot Park, and stroll through Trail of the Cedars.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the West Glacier vacation maker website .

Drive from Great Falls to West Glacier in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in West Glacier can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Missoula.

Things to do in West Glacier

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Glacier National Park, Depot Park
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road

5
nights
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. Change things up with these side-trips from Missoula: Polson (Flathead Lake & Sacajawea Park), River Rafting & Tubing (in Superior) and National Bison Range (in Moiese). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center, let little ones run wild at McCormick Park, find something for the whole family at A Carousel for Missoula, and contemplate the long history of Grant-Kohrs Ranch.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Missoula online visit planner .

Traveling by car from West Glacier to Missoula takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Missoula can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. On the 15th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Deer Lodge, Polson, National Bison Range, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
National Bison Range ©
National Bison Range
A Carousel for Missoula ©
A Carousel for Missoula

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