6 days in Montana Itinerary

6 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana journey planner
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Make it your trip
Fly
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West Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive
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Big Sky
— 1 night
Drive
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Gardiner
— 2 nights
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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 (Virginia Falls, Going-to-the-Sun Road, &more). Next up on the itinerary: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and tour the pleasant surroundings at Trail of the Cedars.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our West Glacier trip builder tool.

New York City to West Glacier is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Plan for cooler nights when traveling from New York City in July since evenings lows in West Glacier dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Big Sky.
Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails
Side Trip

Big Sky — 1 night

Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ousel Falls Trail, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Big Sky itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from West Glacier to Big Sky takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from West Glacier in July, with highs in Big Sky at 77°F and lows at 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Gardiner.
Outdoors · Tours · Trails · Parks

Gardiner — 2 nights

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
On the 19th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone River and then trot along with a tour on horseback. Keep things going the next day: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Gardiner itinerary maker website.

Drive from Big Sky to Gardiner in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. In July, daytime highs in Gardiner are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. On the 20th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Nature
Side Trip

Montana travel guide

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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.