8 days in Montana Itinerary

8 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana trip planner

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Fly to Bozeman, Bus to Mammoth Hot Springs
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Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive
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West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive
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West Glacier
— 4 nights
Fly

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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.
To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Gardiner driving holiday planning site.

Newark to Gardiner is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Newark in August, expect nights in Gardiner to be colder, around 37°F, while days are slightly colder, around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Gardiner

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Shopping

West Yellowstone

— 2 nights
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Two Top, identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, then get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, and finally see what you can catch with a fishing tour. On the next day, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then explore the activities along Earthquake Lake.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our West Yellowstone online trip builder.

Getting from Gardiner to West Yellowstone by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in August, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to West Glacier.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Nature · Tours · Wildlife

West Glacier

— 4 nights
West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Glacier National Park (Logan Pass, Going-to-the-Sun Road, &more). There's more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and explore the activities along Hidden Lake.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read West Glacier itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to West Glacier takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from West Yellowstone in August: high temperatures in West Glacier hover around 83°F and lows are around 48°F. On the 13th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in West Glacier

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

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Montana travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Wildlife Areas
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.