8 days in Montana & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

8 days in Montana & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

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Fly to Gallatin Field, Drive to Big Sky
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Big Sky
— 1 day
Drive
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Yellowstone National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive
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Bozeman
— 1 night
Drive
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Helena
— 1 night
Drive
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Philipsburg
— 1 day
Drive
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Missoula
— 1 night
Drive
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Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
Drive to Missoula International Airport, Fly to Washington

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Big Sky — 1 day

Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. On the 16th (Sat), take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Big Sky trip planner.

Washington to Big Sky is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. While traveling from Washington, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Big Sky, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Yellowstone National Park.
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Yellowstone National Park — 1 night

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
On the 17th (Sun), explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Big Sky to Yellowstone National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Yellowstone National Park are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Gardiner.
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Gardiner — 1 night

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
On the 18th (Mon), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the activities along Yellowstone River, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Gardiner online day trip planner.

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to Gardiner in 2 hours. July in Gardiner sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Bozeman.
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Side Trip

Bozeman — 1 night

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 19th (Tue): see the sky in a new way at Museum of the Rockies and then get a dose of the wild on Yellowstone Guidelines.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Bozeman day trip planning app.

Drive from Gardiner to Bozeman in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Gardiner in July, with highs in Bozeman at 86°F and lows at 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Helena.
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Side Trip

Helena — 1 night

Helena is the capital city of the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County. To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Helena journey builder website.

Traveling by car from Bozeman to Helena takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Bozeman in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 57°F in Helena. You will leave for Philipsburg on the 20th (Wed).
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Philipsburg — 1 day

Philipsburg is a town in and the county seat of Granite County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): go deep underground at Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine, stop by Montana Gems of Philipsburg, then walk around Winninghoff Park, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Philipsburg Brewing Company.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Philipsburg tour itinerary builder site.

Drive from Helena to Philipsburg in 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Helena in July, with highs in Philipsburg at 82°F and lows at 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Missoula.
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Missoula — 1 night

Missoula is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): sample the tasty concoctions at Big Sky Brewing, then see the interesting displays at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Missoula day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Philipsburg to Missoula takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Philipsburg in July: high temperatures in Missoula hover around 88°F and lows are around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Glacier National Park.
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Glacier National Park — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): get great views at Jackson Glacier Overlook, then take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls, then cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road, and finally hike along Iceberg Lake Trail.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Glacier National Park day trip planning app.

You can drive from Missoula to Glacier National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In July, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.
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Montana travel guide

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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.
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