7 days in Montana Itinerary

7 days in Montana Itinerary

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7 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Bozeman
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
West Yellowstone
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
4
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  10​h 30​min
End: New York City

1
night
Bozeman

Bozeman ©
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): meet the residents at Montana Grizzly Encounter.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Bozeman itinerary tool .

New York City to Bozeman is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in September, expect nights in Bozeman to be cooler, around 41°F, while days are slightly colder, around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
American Computer Museum ©
American Computer Museum
Fishing Charters & Tours
Montana Grizzly Encounter ©
Montana Grizzly Encounter

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 13th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, then contemplate the long history of Yellowstone Historic Center, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the West Yellowstone trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Bozeman to West Yellowstone takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Bozeman in September; daily highs in West Yellowstone reach 64°F and lows reach 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Helena.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yellowstone Historic Center ©
Yellowstone Historic Center
Fishing Charters & Tours
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center

1
night
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol, get engrossed in the history at Montana Historical Society Museum, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Helena, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Helena.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Helena holiday planner.

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Helena in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from West Yellowstone in September, with highs in Helena at 73°F and lows at 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Helena

Outdoors Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Montana Historical Society Museum ©
Montana Historical Society Museum
Mount Helena ©
Mount Helena
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena

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.
On the 15th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier, trek along Highline Trail, and then trek along Iceberg Lake Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire all the interesting features of Going-to-the-Sun Road, then explore the striking landscape at Jackson Glacier Overlook, then admire the sheer force of St.Mary Falls, and finally admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls.

Before you visit Glacier National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Helena to Glacier National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, train, and car. Traveling from Helena in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Glacier National Park, with lows around 40°F. You will leave for home on the 17th (Tue).

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail
Highline Trail ©
Highline Trail

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