22 days in Montana Itinerary

22 days in Montana Itinerary

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22 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
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
West Yellowstone
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Great Falls
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Glacier National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Whitefish
— 4 nights
Fly + foot:  10​h
End: New York City

3
nights
Bozeman

Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Take a break from the city and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Ousel Falls Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bozeman: Big Sky (The Soldiers Chapel, Big Sky Resort, & more). And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on nature at Museum of the Rockies, appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Bozeman, make a trip to Emerson Cultural Center, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Madison River Brewing.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Bozeman trip planning tool .

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 to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be colder in Bozeman, with lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Big Sky, Madison River Brewing
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Lone Peak ©
Lone Peak
Big Sky Resort ©
Big Sky Resort

2
nights
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 (Fri): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, stop by Parks' Fly Shop, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: ride a horse along Wilderness Connection and then take in the natural beauty of Chico Hot Springs.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Gardiner vacation app .

Getting from Bozeman to Gardiner by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Bozeman in July; daily highs in Gardiner reach 77°F and lows reach 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Chico Hot Springs
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing
Chico Hot Springs ©
Chico Hot Springs

4
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Visiting Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and Horseback Riding Tours will get you outdoors. Step out of West Yellowstone to go to Cooke City and see Cooke City General Store, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours, take a memorable drive along Beartooth Highway, explore the activities along Yellowstone River, and steep yourself in history at Earthquake Lake.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the West Yellowstone itinerary planner .

You can drive from Gardiner to West Yellowstone in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Great Falls.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Beartooth Highway, Cooke City General Store
Highlights from your plan
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Fishing Charters & Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Visiting Giant Springs State Park and Meadow Lark Country Club will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bowser Brewing Company, explore the world behind art at C.M. Russell Museum, and see human ingenuity at work at Ryan Dam - Great Falls of the Missouri.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Great Falls day trip planning app .

Getting from West Yellowstone to Great Falls by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, car, and bus; or fly. Traveling from West Yellowstone in July, expect Great Falls to be somewhat warmer, temps between 86°F and 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
Highlights from your plan
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park
First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park ©

5
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.
Visiting Virginia Falls and Iceberg Lake Trail will get you outdoors. Spend the 1st (Thu) exploring nature at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the views at Logan Pass, explore the activities along Lake McDonald, hike along Swiftcurrent Lake, and take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Glacier National Park travel planning tool .

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Glacier National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in July, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Whitefish.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Logan Pass ©
Logan Pass
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

4
nights
Whitefish

Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Lone Pine State Park. Take a break from Whitefish with a short trip to Hidden Lake in West Glacier, about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: hit the slopes at Whitefish Mountain Resort, sample the fine beverages at Spotted Bear Spirits, view the masterpieces at Sunti World Art Gallery, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Great Northern Brewing Company.

Plan trip to Whitefish with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Whitefish takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In August, daily temperatures in Whitefish can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Whitefish

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

West Glacier, Lone Pine State Park, Glacier Distilling Company, Willow's HuckleberryLand
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Whitefish Mountain Resort ©
Whitefish Mountain Resort
Lone Pine State Park ©
Lone Pine State Park

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