8 days in Montana Itinerary

8 days in Montana Itinerary

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8 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
Fly + shuttle:  11​h
1
West Yellowstone
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Great Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Whitefish
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Birmingham

1
day
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): see what you can catch with a fishing tour and then identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the West Yellowstone visit website .

Birmingham to West Yellowstone is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Birmingham to West Yellowstone due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Birmingham in September, things will get much colder in West Yellowstone: highs are around 64°F and lows about 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

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

1
night
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): tee off at Meadow Lark Country Club and then get to know the fascinating history of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Great Falls day trip planning site .

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Great Falls in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, car, and bus; or fly. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from West Yellowstone in September; daily highs in Great Falls reach 71°F and lows reach 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Whitefish.

Things to do in Great Falls

Outdoors Golf Nightlife
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Meadow Lark Country Club ©
Meadow Lark Country Club

2
nights
Whitefish

Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. On the 4th (Wed), look for gifts at The Shops at Station 8, then tee off at Whitefish Lake Golf Club, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Great Northern Brewing Company. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Depot Park, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then sample the fine beverages at Glacier Distilling Company.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Whitefish road trip site .

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Whitefish takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in September, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Whitefish

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Columbia Falls, River Rafting & Tubing, Glacier Distilling Company
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River Rafting & Tubing
Glacier Distilling Company ©
Glacier Distilling Company
Whitefish Lake Golf Club ©
Whitefish Lake Golf Club

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Grinnell Glacier and Avalanche Lake. There's still lots to do: cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road, trek along Iceberg Lake Trail, explore the striking landscape at Jackson Glacier Overlook, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Trail of the Cedars.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Glacier National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Whitefish to Glacier National Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. September in Glacier National Park sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 40°F at night. On the 8th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail

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