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
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
West Yellowstone
— 9 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Red Lodge
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Crow Agency
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Great Falls
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Glacier National Park
— 6 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  10​h 45​min
End: New York City

1
night
Bozeman

Bozeman ©
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): explore the activities along Gallatin River.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Bozeman tour itinerary planner.

New York City to Bozeman is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Bozeman is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from New York City in September: highs in Bozeman hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Bozeman

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies
Downtown Bozeman ©
Downtown Bozeman
Gallatin River ©
Gallatin River

9
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Get outdoors at Mount Washburn and Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Uncle Tom's Trail and Fort Yellowstone Historic District will appeal to history buffs. Explore West Yellowstone's surroundings by going to Yellowstone National Park (Lamar Valley, Firehole Canyon Drive, & more). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Grand Loop Road, appreciate the extensive heritage of Yellowstone Historic Center, and contemplate the waterfront views at Earthquake Lake.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read West Yellowstone route planner .

Traveling by car from Bozeman to West Yellowstone takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Bozeman in September, expect West Yellowstone to be a bit cooler, temps between 66°F and 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Red Lodge.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley
Mount Washburn ©
Mount Washburn

1
night
Red Lodge

Red Lodge
Red Lodge is a city in and the county seat of Carbon County, Montana, United States. On the 3rd (Wed), cruise along Beartooth Hwy.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Red Lodge tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Red Lodge in 4 hours. When traveling from West Yellowstone in October, plan for little chillier days in Red Lodge, with highs around 40°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Crow Agency.

Things to do in Red Lodge

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

1
night
Crow Agency

Crow Agency ©
Crow Agency is a census-designated place (CDP) in Big Horn County, Montana, United States and is near the actual location for the Little Bighorn National Monument and re-enactment produced by the Real Bird family known as Battle of the Little Bighorn Reenactment. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): witness the site of a historic battle at Little Bighorn Battlefield and then witness the site of a historic battle at Custer Battlefield Trading Post & Cafe.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Crow Agency trip planner .

Traveling by car from Red Lodge to Crow Agency takes 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Red Lodge in October, with highs in Crow Agency at 59°F and lows at 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Great Falls.

Things to do in Crow Agency

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Little Bighorn Battlefield ©
Little Bighorn Battlefield
Custer Battlefield Trading Company ©

2
nights
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): listen to music at Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Great Falls online tour planner .

You can drive from Crow Agency to Great Falls in 4.5 hours. Another option is to fly. In October, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Great Falls

Golf Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
C.M. Russell Museum ©
C.M. Russell Museum
Meadow Lark Country Club ©
Meadow Lark Country Club

6
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.
Get outdoors at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and Grinnell Glacier. Venture out of the city with trips to Hungry Horse Resevoir (in Hungry Horse) and River Rafting & Tubing (in West Glacier). And it doesn't end there: cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road, get to know the fascinating history of Garden Wall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Iceberg Lake Trail, and take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park vacation planner.

Getting from Great Falls to Glacier National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In October, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 31°F. On the 13th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

West Glacier, Hungry Horse Resevoir
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road

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