8 days in Montana Itinerary

8 days in Montana Itinerary

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8 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Richmond
Fly + taxi:  10​h 30​min
1
Glacier National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
2
Gardiner
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
3
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Richmond

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Virginia Falls and Grinnell Glacier. Spend the 13th (Mon) exploring nature at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. There's much more to do: stroll through Iceberg Lake Trail, hike along Highline Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Avalanche Lake, and take in the dramatic scenery at Silver Staircase Falls.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park trip planner .

Richmond to Glacier National Park is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Richmond to Glacier National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Richmond in July: highs in Glacier National Park hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

1
day
Gardiner

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
On the 16th (Thu), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then stop by Parks' Fly Shop, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Gardiner online road trip planner .

Drive from Glacier National Park to Gardiner in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and car; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Glacier National Park in July, things will get slightly colder in Gardiner: highs are around 77°F and lows about 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Gardiner

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing
Parks' Fly Shop ©
Parks' Fly Shop

2
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
On the 17th (Fri), get to know the fascinating history of Yellowstone Historic Center, then identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our West Yellowstone day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Gardiner to West Yellowstone takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in West Yellowstone can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. On the 18th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Fishing Charters & Tours
Yellowstone Historic Center ©
Yellowstone Historic Center

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