9 days in Montana & Bismarck Itinerary

9 days in Montana & Bismarck Itinerary

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9 days in Montana & Bismarck Itinerary

Start: North Branch
Drive:  15​h
1
Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
West Yellowstone
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Dillon
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
4
Great Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Glacier National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  10​h 30​min
6
Bismarck
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
End: North Branch

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night
Gardiner

Gardiner ©
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Gardiner trip maker app .

North Branch to Gardiner is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from North Branch to Gardiner is minus 1 hour. Traveling from North Branch in June, expect Gardiner to be little chillier, temps between 69°F and 35°F. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Sun) before leaving for West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Gardiner

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Undine Falls
Highlights from your plan
Undine Falls ©
Undine Falls

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hours
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
On the 30th (Sun), get to know the fascinating history of Yellowstone Historic Center.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the West Yellowstone trip planner .

Traveling by car from Gardiner to West Yellowstone takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in West Yellowstone can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. On the 30th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Dillon.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Yellowstone Historic Center ©
Yellowstone Historic Center

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night
Dillon

Dillon ©
Dillon is a city in and the county seat of Beaverhead County, Montana, United States. On the 1st (Mon), see a world frozen in time at Bannack State Park and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pioneer Mountain Wilderness Area.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Dillon trip maker app .

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Dillon takes 3 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from West Yellowstone in June: high temperatures in Dillon hover around 76°F and lows are around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Great Falls.

Things to do in Dillon

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Bannack State Park ©
Bannack State Park

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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 2nd (Tue): stroll through River's Edge Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Giant Springs State Park, and then take an in-depth tour of Ursuline Centre.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Great Falls visit planning app .

Drive from Dillon to Great Falls in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks Trails Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park
River's Edge Trail ©
River's Edge Trail
Ursuline Centre ©
Ursuline Centre

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Iceberg Lake Trail and Logan Pass. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier, tour the pleasant surroundings at Highline Trail, appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden Wall, and take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Glacier National Park itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Glacier National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and train. In July in Glacier National Park, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 49°F at night. You'll set off for Bismarck on the 6th (Sat).

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail

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night
Bismarck

Bismarck
Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. Take the guesswork out of planning a Bismarck vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Glacier National Park to Bismarck with the Route module. Traveling from Glacier National Park to Bismarck, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Glacier National Park in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Bismarck, with lows of 58°F. You'll set off for home on the 7th (Sun).

Things to do in Bismarck

Parks Historic Sites Nature

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