8 days in Glacier National Park & Bismarck Itinerary

8 days in Glacier National Park & Bismarck Itinerary

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8 days in Glacier National Park & Bismarck Itinerary

Start: Bismarck
Drive:  10​h 30​min
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Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  10​h 30​min
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Bismarck
— 3 nights
End: Bismarck

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 Bullhead Lake and Apikuni Falls. Discover out-of-the-way places like Middle Fork of the Flathead and Jackson Glacier Overlook. Step out of Glacier National Park with an excursion to Home Ranch Bottoms in Polebridge--about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: hike along Cracker Lake Hike, contemplate the waterfront views at Fishercap Lake, stroll through Granite Park Trail, and look for all kinds of wild species at Goat Lick Overlook.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Glacier National Park online tour planner .

Bismarck to Glacier National Park is an approximately 10.5-hour car ride. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Bismarck to Glacier National Park is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Bismarck in July, plan for little chillier nights in Glacier National Park, with lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bismarck.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Home Ranch Bottoms
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Home Ranch Bottoms ©
Home Ranch Bottoms
Garden Wall ©
Garden Wall
McDonald Creek ©
McDonald Creek

3
nights
Bismarck

Bismarck ©
Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. Get in touch with nature at Audubon National Wildlife Refuge Complex and Hawktree Golf Club. Museum-lovers will get to explore Dickinson Museum Center and The North Dakota Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bismarck: Ukrainian Cultural Institute (in Dickinson), Assumption Abbey (in Richardton) and Fort Stevenson State Park (in Garrison). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Custer House, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Laughing Sun Brewing Co., admire the majestic nature at Cross Ranch State Park, and get to know the fascinating history of Knife River Indian Villages Historic Site.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Bismarck road trip site .

Explore your travel options from Glacier National Park to Bismarck with the Route module. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Bismarck when traveling from Glacier National Park in July, with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bismarck

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Washburn, Mandan, Dickinson, Assumption Abbey, Cross Ranch State Park
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Laughing Sun Brewing Co. ©
Laughing Sun Brewing Co.
Assumption Abbey ©
Assumption Abbey

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