7 days in Montana Itinerary

7 days in Montana Itinerary

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7 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly + shuttle:  11​h 30​min
1
West Yellowstone
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Great Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Whitefish
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Detroit

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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 25th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, then get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, and then get your game on at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our West Yellowstone day trip tool .

Detroit to West Yellowstone is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Detroit to West Yellowstone. When traveling from Detroit in May, plan for slightly colder days in West Yellowstone, with highs around 57°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Theme Parks Parks Wildlife
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Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun ©
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun
Madison Avenue Old Time Photos ©
Madison Avenue Old Time Photos

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Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. On the 26th (Sun), play a few rounds at Meadow Lark Country Club, admire the striking features of Milwaukee Station, and then get to know the fascinating history of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Great Falls itinerary website .

Getting from West Yellowstone to Great Falls by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from West Yellowstone in May, with highs in Great Falls at 65°F and lows at 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Great Falls

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Meadow Lark Country Club ©
Meadow Lark Country Club
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
Milwaukee Station ©
Milwaukee Station

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier, cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road, and then explore the activities along McDonald Creek. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Glacier National Park day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Great Falls to Glacier National Park in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, train, and car. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in May, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Whitefish.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

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Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

2
nights
Whitefish

Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): immerse yourself in nature at Whitefish Lake State Park and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Whitefish sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Glacier National Park to Whitefish in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In May in Whitefish, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Whitefish

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
City Beach ©
City Beach
Whitefish Lake State Park ©
Whitefish Lake State Park

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