23 days in United States Itinerary

23 days in United States Itinerary

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23 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Bellingham
+2
shuttle + Fly + Drive:  8​h
1
Yellowstone National Park
— 8 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Missoula
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Bozeman
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Helena
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Great Falls
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
End: Bellingham


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8
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Firehole Canyon Drive and Old Faithful Visitor Education Center. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Grand Loop Road and Gibbon Falls. Spend the 19th (Mon) surrounded by wildlife at Grand Teton. Spend the 18th (Sun) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at West Thumb Geyser Basin, take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, identify plant and animal life at Lamar Valley, and trek along Jenny Lake Trail.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park itinerary planner .

Bellingham to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 8-hour combination of shuttle, flight, and car. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bellingham to Yellowstone National Park. In August, Yellowstone National Park is a bit cooler than Bellingham - with highs of 70°F and lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Grand Teton National Park
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Firehole Canyon Drive ©
Firehole Canyon Drive
Grand Loop Road ©
Grand Loop Road
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton

1
night
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. On the 22nd (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, then see the interesting displays at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center, and then get some jogging in at Blue Mountain Trailhead (hike & bike). On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn more about the world around you at Montana Natural History Center, then get in on the family fun at A Carousel for Missoula, then have fun and explore at Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium, and finally stroll through Jacob Island Dog Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Missoula sightseeing planning website .

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Missoula by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, expect Missoula to be a bit warmer, temps between 86°F and 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
A Carousel for Missoula ©
A Carousel for Missoula
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation ©
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Blue Mountain Trailhead (hike & bike) ©

2
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
On the 24th (Sat), have some family-friendly fun at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos, then identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and then get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun. Here are some ideas for day two: trot along with a tour on horseback and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the West Yellowstone itinerary builder website .

Drive from Missoula to West Yellowstone in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In August, West Yellowstone is slightly colder than Missoula - with highs of 75°F and lows of 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun ©
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun
Fishing Charters & Tours
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center

2
nights
Bozeman

Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. On the 26th (Mon), engage your brain at Museum of the Rockies and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll the grounds of The Soldiers Chapel, then explore the stunning scenery at Gallatin Canyon, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Bozeman trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Bozeman takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from West Yellowstone in August, expect Bozeman to be somewhat warmer, temps between 84°F and 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Bozeman

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Fishing Charters & Tours, The Soldiers Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies
Gallatin Canyon ©
Gallatin Canyon

2
nights
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. On the 28th (Wed), ponder the world of politics at Montana State Capitol, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Helena, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lewis & Clark Brewing Company, and finally explore the activities along Missouri River. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Gates of the Mountains, then find something for the whole family at Great Northern Carousel, and then stop by The Parrot Confectionery.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Helena tour builder tool .

Traveling by car from Bozeman to Helena takes 2.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Helena when traveling from Bozeman in August, with lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Helena

Parks Nature Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Great Northern Carousel ©
Great Northern Carousel
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena

2
nights
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. On the 30th (Fri), contemplate the long history of First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, then make a splash at Electric City Water Park, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Ann Cathedral. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at C.M. Russell Museum, get engrossed in the history at Ursuline Centre, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and finally admire the majestic nature at Giant Springs State Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Great Falls online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Helena to Great Falls takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In August in Great Falls, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Great Falls

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
Highlights from your plan
First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park
Electric City Water Park ©
Electric City Water Park

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): walk around Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, then explore the striking landscape at Jackson Glacier Overlook, and then admire all the interesting features of Going-to-the-Sun Road. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at McDonald Creek, explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Iceberg Lake.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Glacier National Park trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Great Falls to Glacier National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and car. In August, daily temperatures in Glacier National Park can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Avalanche Lake ©
Avalanche Lake

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