6 days in Montana Itinerary

6 days in Montana Itinerary

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6 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly + shuttle:  7​h
1
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Gardiner
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Minneapolis

2
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of S Rim Trail, explore the striking landscape at Artists’ Paintpots, then take in the dramatic scenery at Gibbon Falls, and finally take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the West Yellowstone trip planning website .

Minneapolis to West Yellowstone is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Minneapolis to West Yellowstone is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Minneapolis in July, plan for a bit cooler days in West Yellowstone, with highs around 77°F, while nights are colder with lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park
Highlights from your plan
S Rim Trail ©
S Rim Trail
Mystic Falls Trail ©
Mystic Falls Trail
Gibbon Falls ©
Gibbon Falls

3
nights
Gardiner

Gardiner ©
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Upper Falls of the Yellowstone River and Beaver Ponds Loop Trail. Escape the urban bustle at Tower Fall and Artist Point. Take a break from Gardiner with a short trip to Uncle Tom's Trail in Yellowstone National Park, about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, take in the natural beauty of Mammoth Hot Springs, and explore the striking landscape at Golden Gate Canyon.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Gardiner trip planner .

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Gardiner in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Gardiner, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 39°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gardiner

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park
Highlights from your plan
Upper Falls of the Yellowstone River ©
Uncle Tom's Trail ©
Uncle Tom's Trail
Tower Fall ©
Tower Fall

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