9 days in Gardiner & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

9 days in Gardiner & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

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9 days in Gardiner & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

Start: Springfield
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  12​h 15​min
1
Gardiner
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h
End: Springfield

3
nights
Gardiner

Gardiner ©
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Downtown Bozeman and Fishing Charters & Tours. Get outdoors at Earthquake Lake and River Rafting & Tubing. Venture out of the city with trips to Madison Avenue Old Time Photos (in West Yellowstone) and Bozeman (The Last Wind-Up, Bridger Creek Golf Course, & more).

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Gardiner online travel planner .

Springfield to Gardiner is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Springfield in May: highs in Gardiner hover around 57°F, while lows dip to 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bozeman, West Yellowstone
Highlights from your plan
Bridger Creek Golf Course ©
Bridger Creek Golf Course
Fishing Charters & Tours
Downtown Bozeman ©
Downtown Bozeman

5
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Visit Uncle Tom's Trail and Lone Star Geyser for their historical value. Visiting West Thumb Geyser Basin and Grand Loop Road will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Firehole Canyon Drive, explore the activities along Firehole River, trek along Artists’ Paintpots, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Brink of the Lower Falls Trail.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Gardiner to Yellowstone National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in May, and nighttime lows around 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Upper Falls of the Yellowstone River ©
Grand Loop Road ©
Grand Loop Road
Firehole Canyon Drive ©
Firehole Canyon Drive

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