8 days in Montana Itinerary

8 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana trip planner
Make it your trip
Fly to Missoula International Airport, Drive to West Glacier
West Glacier
— 3 nights
West Yellowstone
— 1 night
— 1 night
— 2 nights


West Glacier — 3 nights

West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. Explore West Glacier's surroundings by going to Glacier National Park (Virginia Falls, Going-to-the-Sun Road, &more). There's much more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Siyeh Pass, and trek along Trail of the Cedars.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the West Glacier road trip planning app.

Washington to West Glacier is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Washington to West Glacier. Traveling from Washington in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in West Glacier, with lows of 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to West Yellowstone.
Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature
Side Trip

West Yellowstone — 1 night

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
On the 27th (Wed), cast your line with a fishing tour, stroll through Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and then find something for the whole family at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the West Yellowstone trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from West Glacier to West Yellowstone in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In July, West Yellowstone is slightly colder than West Glacier - with highs of 77°F and lows of 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Gardiner.
Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Gardiner — 1 night

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Gardiner road trip planner.

Drive from West Yellowstone to Gardiner in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in July, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Bozeman.
Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Bozeman — 2 nights

Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): trot along with a tour on horseback, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then head outdoors with Broken Hart Ranch.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Bozeman trip planner.

You can drive from Gardiner to Bozeman in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Gardiner in July; daily highs in Bozeman reach 86°F and lows reach 50°F. On the 30th (Sat), you'll travel back home.
Outdoors · Tours · Adventure
Side Trips

Montana travel guide

River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Nature & Parks
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.