8 days in Montana Itinerary

8 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana trip planner

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Big Sky
— 1 night
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Gardiner
— 1 night
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Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
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Whitefish
— 2 nights
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Big Sky

— 1 night
Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. On the 3rd (Sat), trek along Ousel Falls Trail. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lone Peak.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Big Sky attractions planner.

Tampa to Big Sky is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Tampa, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Big Sky, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in Big Sky

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Gardiner

— 1 night
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): explore the activities along Yellowstone River and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Gardiner journey planning site.

You can drive from Big Sky to Gardiner in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Gardiner

Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Glacier National Park

— 3 nights

Crown of the Continent

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.
Glacier National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road, explore the activities along Avalanche Lake, explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Iceberg Lake Trail.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Glacier National Park trip maker tool.

Getting from Gardiner to Glacier National Park by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Gardiner in July; daily highs in Glacier National Park reach 85°F and lows reach 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Whitefish.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Whitefish

— 2 nights
Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. On the 9th (Fri), stop by Willow's HuckleberryLand, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then sample the fine beverages at Glacier Distilling Company, and finally don't miss a visit to Whitefish Depot.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Whitefish day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Glacier National Park to Whitefish in an hour. In July, daily temperatures in Whitefish can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. On the 10th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Whitefish

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Shopping

Side Trips

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.