6 days in Montana Itinerary

6 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana visit planner
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West Glacier
— 2 nights
— 1 night
Big Sky
— 2 nights


West Glacier — 2 nights

West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around West Glacier: Glacier National Park (Jackson Glacier Overlook, Going-to-the-Sun Road, &more). The adventure continues: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McDonald.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our West Glacier attractions planning website.

Newark to West Glacier is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Newark to West Glacier, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect colder evenings in West Glacier when traveling from Newark in August, with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can fly to Gardiner.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Side Trip

Gardiner — 1 night

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then explore the activities along Yellowstone River, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Gardiner driving holiday planner.

Fly from West Glacier to Gardiner in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from West Glacier in August, with highs in Gardiner at 75°F and lows at 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Big Sky.
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure
Side Trip

Big Sky — 2 nights

Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. On the 26th (Fri), take in the awesome beauty at Lone Peak, trot along with a tour on horseback, and then stroll through Beehive Basin Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ousel Falls Trail and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, refer to the Big Sky trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Gardiner to Big Sky takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. In August, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Montana travel guide

River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Wildlife Areas
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.