8 days in Montana Itinerary

8 days in Montana Itinerary

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Big Sky
— 2 nights
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Gardiner
— 2 nights
Drive
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West Glacier
— 3 nights
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Big Sky

— 2 nights
Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. Get out of town with these interesting Big Sky side-trips: West Yellowstone (Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, &more). Next up on the itinerary: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Soldiers Chapel, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lone Peak, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Big Sky trip builder tool.

New York City to Big Sky is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. When traveling from New York City in July, plan for slightly colder days in Big Sky, with highs around 77°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Gardiner.

Things to do in Big Sky

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Gardiner

— 2 nights
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone River, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of the wild on Yellowstone Guidelines.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Gardiner trip planner.

Traveling by car from Big Sky to Gardiner takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. July in Gardiner sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 39°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to West Glacier.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

West Glacier

— 3 nights
West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Avalanche Lake, hike along Iceberg Lake Trail, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Swiftcurrent Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the views at Logan Pass, then take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls, and then cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the West Glacier trip planner.

Drive from Gardiner to West Glacier in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Gardiner in July; daily highs in West Glacier reach 85°F and lows reach 49°F. On the 14th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in West Glacier

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

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.