23 days in Montana Itinerary

23 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana vacation planner

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Make it your trip
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Glacier National Park
— 7 nights
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Polson
— 3 nights
Drive
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West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
Drive
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Gardiner
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bozeman
— 5 nights
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Glacier National Park

— 7 nights

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.
On the 23rd (Sat), hike the day away at Highline Trail. The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of Going-to-the-Sun Road, contemplate the waterfront views at Avalanche Lake, hike along Swiftcurrent Falls, and admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Glacier National Park trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Glacier National Park is an approximately 25-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Glacier National Park, you'll gain 17 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Melbourne, expect much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Glacier National Park, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Polson.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Polson

— 3 nights
Polson is a city in Lake County, Montana, United States, on the southern shore of Flathead Lake. Change things up with these side-trips from Polson: Bigfork (Jewel Basin Hiking Area, Howe’s Fishing – A Able/Mo Fisch Charters and Tours, &more) and Hungry Horse Reservoir (in Hungry Horse). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Flathead Lake and see the interesting displays at Miracle of America Museum.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Polson vacation builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Glacier National Park to Polson. In July, daily temperatures in Polson can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Polson

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

West Yellowstone

— 3 nights
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around West Yellowstone: Big Sky (Lone Peak & Ousel Falls Trail). There's lots more to do: stroll through Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, head outdoors with Madison River Outfitters, find something for the whole family at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the West Yellowstone trip planner.

Traveling by car from Polson to West Yellowstone takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Polson in July, with highs in West Yellowstone at 29°C and lows at 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Gardiner

— 3 nights
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Go for a jaunt from Gardiner to Cooke City to see Clarks Fork Trail about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: trot along with a tour on horseback, cruise along Beartooth Hwy, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and take a peaceful walk through Gallatin National Forest.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Gardiner holiday planner.

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Gardiner in 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Gardiner are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Side Trips

Bozeman

— 5 nights
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Get out of town with these interesting Bozeman side-trips: Lava Lake Trail (in Gallatin Gateway), Yellowstone Guidelines (in Livingston) and Big Sky (Horseback Riding Tours, The Soldiers Chapel, &more). There's much more to do: look and learn at Museum of the Rockies, see the interesting displays at American Computer & Robotics Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Bozeman.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Bozeman online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Gardiner to Bozeman in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, Bozeman is a bit warmer than Gardiner - with highs of 34°C and lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums

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.