8 days in Montana Itinerary

8 days in Montana Itinerary

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8 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  10​h 30​min
1
Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Bozeman
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 15​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©
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.
On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at St.Mary Falls, then take in the dramatic natural features at Jackson Glacier Overlook, and finally explore and take pictures at Going-to-the-Sun Road.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Glacier National Park trip itinerary maker website .

New York City to Glacier National Park is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in July, plan for much colder nights in Glacier National Park, with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Helena.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Virginia Falls ©
Virginia Falls
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail
Swiftcurrent Falls ©
Swiftcurrent Falls

1
night
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Helena, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Helena, and then explore the striking landscape of Gates of the Mountains.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Helena road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Helena takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of car, train, bus, and shuttle. Traveling from Glacier National Park in July, Helena is a bit warmer at night with lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Helena

Parks Nature Trails
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Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Mount Helena ©
Mount Helena

2
nights
West Yellowstone

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): cast your line with a fishing tour, then see the interesting displays at Yellowstone Historic Center, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, get your game on at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read West Yellowstone trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Helena to West Yellowstone takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Helena in July; daily highs in West Yellowstone reach 77°F and lows reach 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Horseback Riding Tours
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©

2
nights
Bozeman

Bozeman ©
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. On the 7th (Sun), admire the sheer force of Palisade Falls, examine the collection at American Computer Museum, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Montana Grizzly Encounter. Keep things going the next day: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Bozeman road trip app .

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Bozeman in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from West Yellowstone in July, expect Bozeman to be somewhat warmer, temps between 86°F and 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks Adventure Tours
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Palisade Falls ©
Palisade Falls
American Computer & Robotics Museum ©
River Rafting & Tubing

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