51 days in Montana & Wyoming Itinerary

51 days in Montana & Wyoming Itinerary

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51 days in Montana & Wyoming Itinerary

Start: Bournemouth
Fly + Drive:  25​h
1
Glacier National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Great Falls
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Helena
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Missoula
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Bozeman
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
West Yellowstone
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Yellowstone National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Grand Teton National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
9
Thermopolis
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Cody
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  4​h 15​min
11
Cheyenne
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  23​h
End: Bournemouth

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and Grinnell Glacier. Step out of Glacier National Park with an excursion to Conrad Mansion in Kalispell--about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake McDonald, hike along Highline Trail, stroll through Avalanche Lake, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden Wall.

Before you visit Glacier National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Bournemouth, UK to Glacier National Park is an approximately 25-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Bournemouth to Glacier National Park. Traveling from Bournemouth in April, Glacier National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Great Falls.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Conrad Mansion, Hidden Lake
Highlights from your plan
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Iceberg Lake ©
Iceberg Lake

4
nights
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Explore hidden gems such as Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and Giant Springs State Park. Step out of Great Falls to go to Choteau and see Teton Pass Ski Area, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at C.M. Russell Museum, play a few rounds at Meadow Lark Country Club, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bowser Brewing Company, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Gibson Park.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Great Falls online trip planner .

Getting from Glacier National Park to Great Falls by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Teton Pass Ski Area
Highlights from your plan
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park
Gibson Park ©
Gibson Park
C.M. Russell Museum ©
C.M. Russell Museum

6
nights
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cathedral of St. Helena and Holter Lake. Spend the 8th (Tue) exploring nature at Helena National Forest. And it doesn't end there: get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol, explore and take pictures at Last Chance Ranch, admire the striking features of Original Governor's Mansion, and find something for the whole family at Great Northern Carousel.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Helena trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Helena takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Helena sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Helena

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Mount Helena ©
Mount Helena
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena
Montana State Capitol ©
Montana State Capitol

4
nights
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. Discover out-of-the-way places like A Carousel for Missoula and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Missoula: Miracle of America Museum (MoAM) (in Polson), Discovery Ski Area (in Anaconda) and National Bison Range (in Moiese). There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at University of Montana, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Francis Xavier Church, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Sentinel, and contemplate the long history of Travelers' Rest State Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Missoula online route maker .

Drive from Helena to Missoula in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Missoula can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Travelers' Rest State Park, Miracle of America Museum, Mount Sentinel, Discovery Ski Area, National Bison Range
Highlights from your plan
Discovery Ski Area ©
Discovery Ski Area
A Carousel for Missoula ©
A Carousel for Missoula
University of Montana
University of Montana

5
nights
Bozeman

Bozeman ©
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Downtown Bozeman and Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park. Step out of Bozeman with an excursion to Horseback Riding Tours in Gallatin Gateway--about 54 minutes away. On the 17th (Thu), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Bridger Bowl. The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Montana Grizzly Encounter, explore the activities along Gallatin River, take in breathtaking views at Gallatin Canyon, and don't miss a visit to Emerson Cultural Center.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Bozeman day trip site .

You can drive from Missoula to Bozeman in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in May, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park
Highlights from your plan
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park ©
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park
American Computer & Robotics Museum ©
Downtown Bozeman ©
Downtown Bozeman

4
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yellowstone Big Gun Fun and Earthquake Lake. Get out of town with these interesting West Yellowstone side-trips: Big Sky (Ousel Falls Trail & Grizzly Outfitters Ski & Backcountry Sports). Spend the 23rd (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone River and see the interesting displays at Yellowstone Historic Center.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the West Yellowstone trip planner .

Getting from Bozeman to West Yellowstone by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Bozeman in May; daily highs in West Yellowstone reach 14°C and lows reach -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Big Sky
Highlights from your plan
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun ©
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Yellowstone River ©
Yellowstone River

6
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Old Faithful Visitor Education Center and West Thumb Geyser Basin. On the 29th (Tue), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Mount Washburn. There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Grand Loop Road, witness a stunning natural landmark at Midway Geyser Basin, explore and take pictures at Firehole Canyon Drive, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Uncle Tom's Trail.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park itinerary planner .

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Yellowstone National Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May in Yellowstone National Park, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and -3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can go by car to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
West Thumb Geyser Basin ©
West Thumb Geyser Basin
Roosevelt Arch ©
Roosevelt Arch
Grand Loop Road ©
Grand Loop Road

6
nights
Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park ©
The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Grand Targhee Ski Resort and Wyoming Stargazing. The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive, explore the activities along Lake Solitude, cruise along John D Rockefeller Jr Memorial Parkway, and stroll through Jenny Lake Trail.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Grand Teton National Park day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Thermopolis.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Jackson Hole, Grand Targhee Ski Resort
Highlights from your plan
Grand Targhee Ski Resort ©
Grand Targhee Ski Resort
Cascade Canyon ©
Cascade Canyon
Chapel of the Sacred Heart ©
Chapel of the Sacred Heart

2
nights
Thermopolis

Thermopolis ©
Thermopolis is the largest town in, and the county seat of Hot Springs County, Wyoming, United States. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): have fun and explore at Wyoming Dinosaur Center.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Thermopolis trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Grand Teton National Park to Thermopolis in 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in June, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cody.

Things to do in Thermopolis

Parks Nature Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hot Springs State Park ©
Hot Springs State Park
Wyoming Dinosaur Center ©
Wyoming Dinosaur Center

3
nights
Cody

Cody ©
A genuine cowboy city, Cody is famous for its nightly rodeos and its proximity to the protected wilderness areas of the world's first national park, now designated as one of the country's World Heritage Sites.
Step off the beaten path and head to Red Lodge Mountain and Beartooth Highway. There's much more to do: see human ingenuity at work at Buffalo Bill Dam, admire the majestic nature at Buffalo Bill State Park, stop by Wayne's Boot Shop, and examine the collection at Cody Dug Up Gun Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cody driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Thermopolis to Cody takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Thermopolis in June, expect nights in Cody to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 26°C. On the 10th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cheyenne.

Things to do in Cody

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Beartooth Hwy, Red Lodge Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Red Lodge Mountain ©
Red Lodge Mountain
Cody Firearms Museum ©
Cody Firearms Museum
Cody Dug Up Gun Museum ©
Cody Dug Up Gun Museum

4
nights
Cheyenne

Cheyenne ©
Cheyenne is the capital and most populous city of the US state of Wyoming and the county seat of Laramie County. Step off the beaten path and head to Snowy Range Ski Area and Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site. Venture out of the city with trips to Ames Monument (in Buford) and Laramie (University of Wyoming & Vedauwoo). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Wyoming State Museum, see the interesting displays at Cheyenne Depot Museum, make a trip to Cheyenne Big Boots, and get a sense of history and politics at Wyoming State Capitol.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cheyenne holiday tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Cody to Cheyenne takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Cody, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cheyenne, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cheyenne

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Laramie, Snowy Range Ski Area, Ames Monument
Highlights from your plan
Snowy Range Ski Area ©
Snowy Range Ski Area
Wyoming State Museum
Wyoming State Museum
Curt Gowdy State Park ©
Curt Gowdy State Park

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