22 days in Montana Itinerary

22 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana trip itinerary planner

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Fly to Missoula International Airport, Drive to West Glacier
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West Glacier
— 5 nights
Drive
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Hardin
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cooke City
— 3 nights
Drive
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Gardiner
— 4 nights
Drive
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Big Sky
— 5 nights
Drive to Gallatin Field, Fly to Baden-Baden

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West Glacier

— 5 nights
West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near West Glacier: Glacier National Park (Virginia Falls, Going-to-the-Sun Road, &more). Spend the 22nd (Wed) exploring nature at Glacier National Park. And it doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, stroll through Trail of the Cedars, take in the dramatic scenery at Silver Staircase Falls, and explore the activities along Lake McDonald.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our West Glacier trip website.

Baden-Baden, Germany to West Glacier is an approximately 27.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and car. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 8 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in West Glacier when traveling from Baden-Baden in June, with lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hardin.

Things to do in West Glacier

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Hardin

— 3 nights
Hardin is a city in and the county seat of Big Horn County, Montana, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hardin: Fort Smith (Yellowtail Dam & Bighorn Trout Shop), Pompeys Pillar National Monument (in Pompeys Pillar) and Custer Battlefield Trading Company (in Crow Agency). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Big Horn County Historical Museum, witness the site of a historic battle at Little Bighorn Battlefield, and explore the galleries of Custer Battlefield Museum.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hardin trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from West Glacier to Hardin takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In June, Hardin is much colder than West Glacier - with highs of -15°C and lows of -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cooke City.

Things to do in Hardin

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Cooke City

— 3 nights
Cooke City-Silver Gate is a census-designated place (CDP) in Park County, Montana, United States. Step out of Cooke City with an excursion to Natural Bridge Falls Picnic Area in Big Timber--about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Beartooth Hwy, enjoy breathtaking views from Clay Butte Fire Lookout Tower, take an in-depth tour of Cooke City Montana Museum, and get a new perspective on nature at Yellowstone Trading Post.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cooke City online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Hardin to Cooke City in 3.5 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Hardin in June: high temperatures in Cooke City hover around 22°C and lows are around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Gardiner.

Things to do in Cooke City

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Gardiner

— 4 nights
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Get out of town with these interesting Gardiner side-trips: Livingston (Sacajawea Park & Yellowstone Guidelines) and West Yellowstone (Museum of the Yellowstone, Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone River.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Gardiner trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Cooke City to Gardiner takes 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Gardiner can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Big Sky.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Big Sky

— 5 nights
Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. Change things up with these side-trips from Big Sky: Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park (in Three Forks) and Earthquake Lake (in West Yellowstone). There's much more to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ousel Falls Trail, and stroll the grounds of The Soldiers Chapel.

To see more things to do and tourist information, refer to the Big Sky road trip planning website.

You can drive from Gardiner to Big Sky in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. In July, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Big Sky

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Montana travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Nature & Parks
The Crown of the Continent
With a population of only one million, Montana remains an untouched natural paradise of snowcapped peaks, expansive forests, and alpine lakes, dotted with Old West ghost towns, Indian reservations, and progressive urban communities. Appreciate the state's unique charm and beauty with a trip to Glacier National Park, where you can come face-to-face with Montana wildlife among its high peaks. Head to the state's largest cities, Billings and Missoula, for an array of historical attractions and cultural sightseeing.