48 days in Montana, Michigan & Missouri Itinerary

48 days in Montana, Michigan & Missouri Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Whitefish
— 4 nights
Drive
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Glacier National Park
— 8 nights
Fly to Marquette, Taxi to Munising
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Munising
— 6 nights
Taxi to Marquette, Fly to Grand Rapids
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Grand Rapids
— 6 nights
Fly
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Saint Louis
— 6 nights
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Branson
— 6 nights
Drive
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Kansas City
— 5 nights
Fly to Cody, Drive to Gardiner
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Gardiner
— 3 nights
Drive
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Big Sky
— 3 nights
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Whitefish

— 4 nights
Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Bring the kids along to River Rafting & Tubing and Glacier National Park. Get out of town with these interesting Whitefish side-trips: West Glacier (Glacier View Golf Club & Hidden Lake), Eric Thorsen Art Studio (in Bigfork) and Polson (Flathead Lake & Miracle of America Museum). There's still lots to do: shake up your sightseeing with Rock Climb Montana, stop by Willow's HuckleberryLand, take an in-depth tour of Depot Park, and push the limits with Flyboard of Montana..

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Whitefish trip planner.

Seattle to Whitefish is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Whitefish is 1 hour. Traveling from Seattle in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in Whitefish, with lows around 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Whitefish

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Glacier National Park

— 8 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.
Spend the 22nd (Tue) exploring nature at Red Rock Falls, Glacier National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls, explore the activities along McDonald Creek, stroll through Swiftcurrent Falls, and get to know the fascinating history of Garden Wall.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park trip maker website.

Getting from Whitefish to Glacier National Park by car takes about an hour. In June, daily temperatures in Glacier National Park can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. You will leave for Munising on the 25th (Fri).

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Munising

— 6 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Family-friendly places like Pictured Rocks Kayaking and Miners Castle Rock will thrill your kids. Explore Munising's surroundings by going to Manistique (Palms Book State Park & Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)) and Marquette (Upper Peninsula Children's Museum, Lakenenland Sculpture Park, &more). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, take in the dramatic scenery at Wagner Falls, kick back and relax at Miner's Beach, and look for gifts at UP-Scale Art.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Munising travel planner.

Getting from Glacier National Park to Munising by combination of flight and taxi takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Glacier National Park to Munising is 2 hours. Traveling from Glacier National Park in June, expect nights in Munising to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are little chillier, around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Grand Rapids

— 6 nights

Furniture City

The second largest city in Michigan and a hub of furniture manufacturing, Grand Rapids bears the nickname "Furniture City." However, the destination's original name came from the rapids of the Grand River that once ran through the downtown area.
Family-friendly places like Saugatuck Dune Rides and Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Muskegon (Hackley and Hume Historic Site, Michigan's Adventure, &more), Stony Lake Stables (in New Era) and Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park (in Alto). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, tour the pleasant surroundings at Holland State Park Beach, walk around Ludington State Park, and visit a coastal fixture at Little Sable Point Lighthouse.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Grand Rapids road trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Munising to Grand Rapids takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Munising, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Grand Rapids, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Saint Louis

— 6 nights

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C. in the number of free activities available by spending your holiday exploring the city's central neighborhoods, famous for their restored century-old red-brick buildings.
Kids will enjoy Saint Louis Zoo and Missouri Botanical Garden. Explore Saint Louis' surroundings by going to Elephant Rocks State Park (in Belleview) and Onondaga Cave (in Leasburg). There's lots more to do: take in panoramic vistas at The Gateway Arch, explore the engaging exhibits at The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum, find something for the whole family at Adventure Valley, and deepen your understanding of the past and present with STL Haunted History.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Saint Louis trip planner.

Getting from Grand Rapids to Saint Louis by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Rapids to Saint Louis. Traveling from Grand Rapids in July, expect Saint Louis to be a bit warmer, temps between 89°F and 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Branson.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Branson

— 6 nights

Live Entertainment Capital of the World

Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
Kids will enjoy Silver Dollar City and Runaway Mountain Coaster. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Titanic Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Table Rock Lake, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, and pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Branson trip planner.

You can drive from Saint Louis to Branson in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kansas City.

Things to do in Branson

Theme Parks · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kansas City

— 5 nights

City of Fountains

The largest municipality in Missouri, Kansas City has an impressive array of world-class museums, shopping areas, and great places to eat, all of which attract tourism to the area.
Kids will appreciate attractions like National WWI Museum and Memorial and Science City. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kansas City: Blue Spring (in Ellington), Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area (in Blue Springs) and Show Me Ziplines (in Rayville). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, have fun and explore at Kaleidoscope, steep yourself in history at Bingham Waggoner Mansion & Estate, and test your problem-solving skills at The Exit Room.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kansas City visit planning website.

You can drive from Branson to Kansas City in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 72°F. On the 24th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Gardiner.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Gardiner

— 3 nights
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Attractions like Horseback Riding Tours and Yellowstone Insight - Day Tours make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Gardiner: West Yellowstone (Museum of the Yellowstone, Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, &more). There's still lots to do: kick your exploration up a notch at Montana Whitewater, explore and take pictures at Beartooth Hwy, and contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone River.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Gardiner itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Kansas City to Gardiner in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Kansas City in July, plan for little chillier days in Gardiner, with highs around 77°F, while nights are colder with lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sky.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Big Sky

— 3 nights
Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. Kids will appreciate attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Ousel Falls Trail. And it doesn't end there: trot along with a tour on horseback, hike along Beehive Basin Trail, make a trip to Big Sky Chapel, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Soldiers Chapel.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Big Sky trip itinerary website.

Getting from Gardiner to Big Sky by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle. In July in Big Sky, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Big Sky

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · 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.

Michigan travel guide

4.7
Specialty Museums · Gift & Specialty Shops · State Parks
Great Lakes State
A state inextricably tied to its waterways, Michigan does water activities better than almost any other place in the country. Things to do in the state include numerous opportunities to swim, fish, sail, motorboat, and canoe. The country's only state to stretch over two peninsulas, Michigan features a long freshwater coastline. In a land of nearly 65,000 inland lakes and ponds, you can never be too far from a natural water source. Michigan's major claim to fame is its status as the center of the U.S. automotive industry, with the Detroit metropolitan area housing the country's three major car manufacturers. The city is also a major center of culture, the birthplace of the Motown Sound, and the home of several museums and other tourist attractions. Farther from the big urban centers, Michigan offers visitors a world of apple and cherry orchards, rustic villages, and picturesque vineyards.

Missouri travel guide

4.6
Theaters · Performances · Specialty Museums
The Show-Me State
Acquired from France as part of the famous Louisiana Purchase, Missouri offers visitors equal amounts of urban and rural tourist attractions, with a good sprinkling of lush valleys and meandering back roads ideal for leisurely road trips. The state has a highly varied geography, ranging from the till plains in the north to the rolling Ozark Mountains in the south. The state sits at the intersection of North America's three greatest rivers, creating fertile plains known for supporting extensive farms and ranches. Now generally considered part of the country's Midwest, most people used to count Missouri among the southern states, primarily due to its status as a slave state before the Civil War.