8 days in Montana Itinerary

8 days in Montana Itinerary

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Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
— 1 night


Glacier National Park

— 3 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Grinnell Glacier and St. Mary Lake. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls, stroll through Iceberg Lake Trail, trek along Highline Trail, and explore the activities along Swiftcurrent Falls.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Glacier National Park travel route planner.

Washington DC to Glacier National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. While traveling from Washington DC, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Glacier National Park, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

West Yellowstone

— 3 nights
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Explore hidden gems such as Ousel Falls Trail and Horseback Riding Tours. When in West Yellowstone, make a side trip to see The Soldiers Chapel in Big Sky, approximately Big Sky away. The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, explore the activities along Earthquake Lake, look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the West Yellowstone trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Glacier National Park to West Yellowstone in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Glacier National Park in June: high temperatures in West Yellowstone hover around 69°F and lows are around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip


— 1 night
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Gallatin River.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Bozeman road trip planning website.

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Bozeman in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from West Yellowstone in June: high temperatures in Bozeman hover around 77°F and lows are around 45°F. On the 14th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks · Nature
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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.