8 days in Montana Itinerary

8 days in Montana Itinerary

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8 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
West Yellowstone
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Dillon
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
4
Great Falls
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
West Glacier
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Portland

1
night
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
On the 18th (Sat), get to know the fascinating history of Yellowstone Historic Center.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the West Yellowstone holiday site .

Portland to West Yellowstone is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Portland in May, you will find days in West Yellowstone are a bit cooler (57°F), and nights are colder (31°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Gardiner.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Theme Parks Wildlife Parks
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Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Yellowstone Historic Center ©
Yellowstone Historic Center
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun ©
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun

1
night
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 (Mon): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then stop by Yellowstone Gifts & Sweets.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Gardiner travel planner .

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Gardiner takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Gardiner can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Dillon.

Things to do in Gardiner

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Dillon

Dillon ©
Dillon is a city in and the county seat of Beaverhead County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Dillon Visitor Center, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pioneer Mountain Wilderness Area, and then see a world frozen in time at Bannack State Park.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Dillon trip planner .

You can drive from Gardiner to Dillon in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Gardiner in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Dillon: highs are around 64°F and lows about 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Great Falls.

Things to do in Dillon

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Bannack State Park ©
Bannack State Park

2
nights
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): steep yourself in history at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, examine the collection at C.M. Russell Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Ann Cathedral, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. Keep things going the next day: stroll through River's Edge Trail, identify plant and animal life at Giant Springs State Park, then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Spirit Catholic Parish, and finally get engrossed in the history at Ursuline Centre.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Great Falls trip planner .

You can drive from Dillon to Great Falls in 3.5 hours. In May in Great Falls, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 39°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to West Glacier.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
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Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park ©
St. Ann Cathedral ©
St. Ann Cathedral

2
nights
West Glacier

West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): stroll through Siyeh Pass and then get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden Wall, then take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, and then admire the sheer force of Silver Staircase Falls.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the West Glacier route app .

Getting from Great Falls to West Glacier by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train. May in West Glacier sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 38°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in West Glacier

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trip

Glacier National Park
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Garden Wall ©
Garden Wall
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road

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