7 days in Montana Itinerary

7 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana holiday planner

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Make it your trip
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Big Sky
— 2 nights
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Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive
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West Glacier
— 3 nights
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Big Sky

— 2 nights
Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. Change things up with these side-trips from Big Sky: West Yellowstone (Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, &more). There's much more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, hit the slopes at Big Sky Resort, stroll the grounds of The Soldiers Chapel, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lone Peak.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Big Sky driving holiday planner.

Philadelphia to Big Sky is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Big Sky. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Philadelphia in July: highs in Big Sky hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Gardiner.

Things to do in Big Sky

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Gardiner

— 1 night
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
On the 15th (Thu), explore the activities along Yellowstone River and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Gardiner trip planner.

You can drive from Big Sky to Gardiner in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to fly to West Glacier.

Things to do in Gardiner

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

West Glacier

— 3 nights
West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): stroll through Swiftcurrent Falls, then trek along Iceberg Lake Trail, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the views at Logan Pass, take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls, and then explore and take pictures at Going-to-the-Sun Road.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our West Glacier trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Gardiner to West Glacier takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Gardiner in July, expect West Glacier to be somewhat warmer, temps between 85°F and 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in West Glacier

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Montana travel guide

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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.