8 days in Montana Itinerary

8 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana sightseeing planner
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Make it your trip
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Big Sky
— 1 night
Drive
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Gardiner
— 2 nights
Drive
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Helena
— 1 night
Drive
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West Glacier
— 3 nights
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Big Sky — 1 night

Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. On the 1st (Sat), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lone Peak and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Big Sky Resort. On the next day, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Soldiers Chapel, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then cast your line with a fishing tour, and finally hike along Ousel Falls Trail.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Big Sky trip planner.

Durham to Big Sky is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Durham in April, things will get colder in Big Sky: highs are around 44°F and lows about 22°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Gardiner.
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Gardiner — 2 nights

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
On the 3rd (Mon), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and then get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, explore the activities along Yellowstone River, and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Gardiner tour builder tool.

You can drive from Big Sky to Gardiner in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 44°F in April, and nighttime lows around 22°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Helena.
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Helena — 1 night

Helena is the capital city of the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County. On the 5th (Wed), get interesting insight from Montana Fishing Outfitters, have fun and explore at ExplorationWorks, and then try out the rides at Great Northern Carousel.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Helena holiday site.

Drive from Gardiner to Helena in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Gardiner in April; daily highs in Helena reach 57°F and lows reach 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to West Glacier.
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West Glacier — 3 nights

West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Glacier National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McDonald, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Avalanche Lake.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the West Glacier trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Helena to West Glacier in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. April in West Glacier sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 30°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.
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Montana travel guide

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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.
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