7 days in Montana Itinerary

7 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana travel planner
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Drive to Kansas City International Airport, Fly to Gallatin Field, Drive to Big Sky
Big Sky
— 2 nights
— 1 night
West Glacier
— 3 nights
Drive to Missoula International Airport, Fly to Kansas City International Airport, Drive to Lenexa


Big Sky — 2 nights

Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Big Sky: Norris Geyser Basin (in Yellowstone National Park) and West Yellowstone (Yellowstone Big Gun Fun & Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center). There's lots more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, hike along Ousel Falls Trail, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Big Sky trip itinerary builder website.

Lenexa to Big Sky is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Lenexa in May, you will find days in Big Sky are little chillier (57°F), and nights are colder (31°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to Gardiner.
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
Side Trips

Gardiner — 1 night

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone River and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Gardiner trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Big Sky to Gardiner takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Gardiner can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to West Glacier.
Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks
Side Trip

West Glacier — 3 nights

West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. On the 30th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Swiftcurrent Falls, then trek along Iceberg Lake Trail, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 31st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the verdant scenery at Logan Pass, admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls, and then cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the West Glacier road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Gardiner to West Glacier takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Gardiner in May, things will get somewhat warmer in West Glacier: highs are around 67°F and lows about 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Thu) to allow time for the car ride back home.
Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails
Side Trip

Montana travel guide

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.