5 days in Montana Itinerary

5 days in Montana Itinerary

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5 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Bozeman
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
West Yellowstone
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
4
West Glacier
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Los Angeles

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Bozeman

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 5th (Mon), explore the landscape on two wheels at Middle Cottonwood Trailhead.

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

Los Angeles to Bozeman is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Los Angeles to Bozeman due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Los Angeles in August since evenings lows in Bozeman dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks Outdoors Trails

1
night
Gardiner

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
On the 6th (Tue), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Gardiner day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Bozeman to Gardiner takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Bozeman in August, with highs in Gardiner at 75°F and lows at 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): see what you can catch with a fishing tour and then look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the West Yellowstone trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Gardiner to West Yellowstone in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in West Yellowstone, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to West Glacier.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
nights
West Glacier

West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. On the 8th (Thu), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then hike along Iceberg Lake Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier, then admire all the interesting features of Going-to-the-Sun Road, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Jackson Glacier Overlook.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the West Glacier journey planner.

You can drive from West Yellowstone to West Glacier in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from West Yellowstone in August: high temperatures in West Glacier hover around 83°F and lows are around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in West Glacier

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Glacier National Park
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River Rafting & Tubing
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

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