7 days in Montana Itinerary

7 days in Montana Itinerary

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7 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  6​h
1
Whitefish
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Great Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
West Yellowstone
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  8​h
End: Chicago

1
night
Whitefish

Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Depot Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at City Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Great Northern Brewing Company, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then sample the fine beverages at Glacier Distilling Company.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Whitefish day trip planning site .

Chicago to Whitefish is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Chicago to Whitefish, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in July, expect little chillier with lows of 49°F in Whitefish. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Whitefish

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Depot Park, River Rafting & Tubing, Glacier Distilling Company
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River Rafting & Tubing
Glacier Distilling Company ©
Glacier Distilling Company
City Beach ©
City Beach

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Virginia Falls and Going-to-the-Sun Road. Spend the 7th (Sun) exploring nature at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier, stroll through Highline Trail, hike along Iceberg Lake Trail, and appreciate the views at Logan Pass.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Whitefish to Glacier National Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. July in Glacier National Park sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Great Falls.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

1
night
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): hike along River's Edge Trail, catch a live performance at Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and then immerse yourself in nature at Giant Springs State Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Great Falls online vacation planner .

You can drive from Glacier National Park to Great Falls in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. July in Great Falls sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks Nature Trails
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Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park
River's Edge Trail ©
River's Edge Trail

1
night
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
On the 10th (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of Yellowstone Historic Center and then look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our West Yellowstone trip app .

Traveling by car from Great Falls to West Yellowstone takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and shuttle; or fly. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Great Falls in July: high temperatures in West Yellowstone hover around 77°F and lows are around 39°F. On the 10th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Museum of the Yellowstone ©
Museum of the Yellowstone

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