8 days in Kentucky & Montana Itinerary

8 days in Kentucky & Montana Itinerary

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Start: Louisville
1
Louisville
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Mammoth Cave National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  11 h
3
West Yellowstone
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive:  7 h 15 min
5
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  9 h 15 min
End: Louisville

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day
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Kentucky Artisan Distillery, see the interesting displays at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, thenHead underground at Louisville Mega Cavern, and finally have fun at Churchill Downs.

Plan my day in Louisville using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Louisville. In August, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Louisville

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kentucky Artisan Distillery
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Louisville Mega Cavern ©
Louisville Mega Cavern
Churchill Downs ©
Churchill Downs
Kentucky Artisan Distillery ©
Kentucky Artisan Distillery

2
nights
Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park ©
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, hike along Fat Man's Misery, and then trek along Tall Man's Misery.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Mammoth Cave National Park journey maker site.

Traveling by car from Louisville to Mammoth Cave National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 65°F. On the 31st (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
Fat Man's Misery ©
Fat Man's Misery
Tall Man's Misery ©
Tall Man's Misery

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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 1st (Tue), explore the activities along Earthquake Lake, cast your line with a fishing tour, and then identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the West Yellowstone tour planner.

Getting from Mammoth Cave National Park to West Yellowstone by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 11 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Mammoth Cave National Park in August, you will find days in West Yellowstone are slightly colder (75°F), and nights are much colder (37°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Gardiner.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Fishing Charters & Tours
Earthquake Lake ©
Earthquake Lake

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night
Gardiner

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Gardiner sightseeing planner.

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Gardiner in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. September in Gardiner sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 32°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): admire the verdant scenery at Logan Pass, explore and take pictures at Going-to-the-Sun Road, thenget great views at Jackson Glacier Overlook, and finally hike along Iceberg Lake Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along McDonald Creek and then take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Glacier National Park route builder.

Traveling by car from Gardiner to Glacier National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Gardiner in September, expect Glacier National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 70°F and 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

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

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