8 days in Montana & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

8 days in Montana & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

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8 days in Montana & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  10​h 30​min
1
Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Whitefish
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  9​h
End: New York City

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier, admire all the interesting features of Going-to-the-Sun Road, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park day trip app .

New York City to Glacier National Park is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from New York City to Glacier National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder evenings in Glacier National Park when traveling from New York City in August, with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Whitefish.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

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

2
nights
Whitefish

Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): explore the activities along Swan River and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitefish Mountain Resort. Keep things going the next day: explore the landscape on two wheels at The Whitefish Trail and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Whitefish attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Whitefish takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In September in Whitefish, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 40°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Whitefish

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Swan River
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River Rafting & Tubing
Whitefish Mountain Resort ©
Whitefish Mountain Resort
Swan River ©
Swan River

3
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
On the 4th (Fri), take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, trek along Artist Point, and then take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful. Here are some ideas for day two: witness a stunning natural landmark at Mammoth Hot Springs and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park online driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Whitefish to Yellowstone National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, car, and shuttle. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Whitefish in September, with highs in Yellowstone National Park at 60°F and lows at 33°F. On the 6th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

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