8 days in Montana Itinerary

8 days in Montana Itinerary

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Big Sky
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive
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West Glacier
— 4 nights
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Big Sky

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: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lone Peak, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ousel Falls Trail, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Big Sky online travel route planner.

Durham to Big Sky is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Durham to Big Sky is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Durham in June, expect nights in Big Sky to be much colder, around 35°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in Big Sky

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Gardiner

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone River and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Gardiner vacation planner.

Drive from Big Sky to Gardiner in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in June, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to West Glacier.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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West Glacier

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 (Going-to-the-Sun Road, Virginia Falls, &more). And it doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McDonald, and hike along Trail of the Cedars.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the West Glacier holiday planner.

You can drive from Gardiner to West Glacier in 7 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. In June, West Glacier is a bit warmer than Gardiner - with highs of 75°F and lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to 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.