8 days in Montana Itinerary

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Glacier National Park
— 1 night
Great Falls
— 1 night
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
— 3 nights


Glacier National Park — 1 night

Crown of the Continent

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Swiftcurrent Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Jackson Glacier Overlook, admire all the interesting features of Going-to-the-Sun Road, then take in the dramatic scenery at St.Mary Falls, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls.

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Boston to Glacier National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. In September, Glacier National Park is little chillier than Boston - with highs of 70°F and lows of 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Great Falls.
Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Great Falls — 1 night

Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Giant Springs State Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, and then trek along River's Edge Trail.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Great Falls trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Great Falls takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Great Falls can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to West Yellowstone.
Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Trails
Side Trip

West Yellowstone — 2 nights

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Earthquake Lake, explore the activities along Hebgen Lake, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the West Yellowstone online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Great Falls to West Yellowstone in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Great Falls in September, things will get slightly colder in West Yellowstone: highs are around 64°F and lows about 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Bozeman.
Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife
Side Trip

Bozeman — 3 nights

Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ousel Falls Trail and Fishing Charters & Tours. Get in touch with nature at Yellowstone Guidelines and Gallatin River. Change things up with these side-trips from Bozeman: Missouri Headwaters State Park (in Three Forks) and The Soldiers Chapel (in Big Sky). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Palisade Falls.

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Drive from West Yellowstone to Bozeman in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from West Yellowstone in September, with highs in Bozeman at 72°F and lows at 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature
Side Trips

Montana travel guide

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.