30 days in Montana Itinerary

30 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana trip planner
©
Make it your trip
Fly
1
Bozeman
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Gardiner
— 3 nights
Drive
3
West Yellowstone
— 5 nights
Drive
4
Missoula
— 5 nights
Drive
5
Glacier National Park
— 12 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9

Bozeman — 4 nights

Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Bring the kids along to River Rafting & Tubing and Gallatin Canyon. Explore Bozeman's surroundings by going to Headwaters Heritage Museum (in Three Forks), Big Sky (Big Sky Chapel & Horseback Riding Tours) and Yellowstone Guidelines (in Livingston). Next up on the itinerary: see the sky in a new way at Museum of the Rockies, soothe aching muscles at Spire Climbing Center, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Montana Grizzly Encounter, and examine the collection at American Computer & Robotics Museum.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bozeman trip planner.

Chicago to Bozeman is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Bozeman is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in June, Bozeman is slightly colder at night with lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Gardiner.
Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Parks
Side Trips

Gardiner — 3 nights

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Kids will enjoy Horseback Riding Tours and River Rafting & Tubing. Step out of Gardiner to go to Cooke City and see Clarks Fork Trail, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of Beartooth Hwy, stroll through Wilderness Connection, and surround yourself with nature on Yellowstone Year Round Safaris.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Gardiner trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Bozeman to Gardiner in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Bozeman in June, things will get little chillier in Gardiner: highs are around 69°F and lows about 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to West Yellowstone.
Outdoors · Tours · Trails · Parks
Side Trips

West Yellowstone — 5 nights

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Family-friendly places like Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and Yellowstone Big Gun Fun will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around West Yellowstone: Big Sky (Nature & Wildlife Tours, Ousel Falls Trail, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Yellowstone River, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Yellowstone, cast your line with Madison River Outfitters, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Two Top.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the West Yellowstone trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Gardiner to West Yellowstone takes 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in West Yellowstone can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Missoula.
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
Side Trip

Missoula — 5 nights

Missoula is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. Kids will appreciate attractions like Mount Jumbo North Peak Trail and St. Francis Xavier Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Missoula: Bigfork (Eric Thorsen Art Studio & Howe’s Fishing – A Able/Mo Fisch Charters and Tours), Bison Range (in Moiese) and Flathead Lake (in Polson). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Blue Mountain Trailhead (hike & bike), get in on the family fun at A Carousel for Missoula, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Downtown ToNite.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Missoula day trip planning app.

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Missoula in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from West Yellowstone in June, expect Missoula to be a bit warmer, temps between 78°F and 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Glacier National Park.
Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
Side Trips

Glacier National Park — 12 nights

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.
Glacier National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Running Eagle Falls, hike along Iceberg Lake Trail, stroll through Grinnell Glacier, and explore the activities along Two Medicine Lake.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Glacier National Park road trip planning app.

Drive from Missoula to Glacier National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In June in Glacier National Park, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Montana travel guide

4.7
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.