21 days in Yellowstone National Park & Montana Itinerary

21 days in Yellowstone National Park & Montana Itinerary

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Yellowstone National Park
— 7 nights
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Gardiner
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Big Sky
— 2 nights
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Great Falls
— 1 night
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Glacier National Park
— 5 nights
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Whitefish
— 3 nights

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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Escape the urban bustle at Old Faithful and West Thumb Geyser Basin. Discover out-of-the-way places like Grand Loop Road and Biscuit Basin. There's much more to do: get impressive views of Monument Geyser Basin, contemplate the waterfront views at Firehole River, witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin, and look for all kinds of wild species at Beryl Spring.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park tour itinerary builder site.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Johannesburg in August, Yellowstone National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Gardiner.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Grand Loop Road
4.6

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Gardiner

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 (Thu): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then explore the activities along Yellowstone River.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Gardiner trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Gardiner takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Big Sky.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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Must see
Yellowstone River
4.9
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Horseback Riding Tour
Horseback Riding Tours
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Big Sky

Big Sky ©
Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): hit the slopes at Big Sky Resort, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Beehive Basin Trail, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lone Peak. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ousel Falls Trail, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally stroll the grounds of The Soldiers Chapel.

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Traveling by car from Gardiner to Big Sky takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Big Sky

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails
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Must see
Lone Peak
4.8

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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 22nd (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, identify plant and animal life at Giant Springs State Park, and then trek along River's Edge Trail.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Great Falls trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Big Sky to Great Falls in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle, car, and bus. In August, Great Falls is a bit warmer than Big Sky - with highs of 34°C and lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails
Highlights from your trip
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Historic Walking Area
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center
4.8

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Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Avalanche Lake and St. Mary Lake. Escape the urban bustle at Going-to-the-Sun Road and Iceberg Lake Trail. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Swiftcurrent Falls, admire the sheer force of Running Eagle Falls, trek along Trail of the Cedars, and admire the verdant scenery at Logan Pass.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park road trip planning website.

You can drive from Great Falls to Glacier National Park in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. In August in Glacier National Park, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Whitefish.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Avalanche Lake
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Whitefish

Whitefish ©
Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): cast your line with State of Mind Fishing Charters LLC and then enjoy the sand and surf at City Beach. On your second day here, walk around Lone Pine State Park, then contemplate the long history of Conrad Mansion, and then play a few rounds at Whitefish Lake Golf Club.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Whitefish trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Glacier National Park to Whitefish in 1.5 hours. In August in Whitefish, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Whitefish

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
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Must see
City Beach
4.2

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