9 days in Montana & Wyoming Itinerary

9 days in Montana & Wyoming Itinerary

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Glacier National Park
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Helena
— 1 night
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West Yellowstone
— 1 night
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Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
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Jackson Hole
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Glacier National Park — 1 night

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 21st (Sat): trek along Trail of the Cedars, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McDonald, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Avalanche Lake. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Swiftcurrent Falls and then explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Glacier National Park trip planner.

Calgary, Canada to Glacier National Park is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Calgary in May: highs in Glacier National Park hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive 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. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Helena, then ponder the world of politics at Montana State Capitol, then explore the striking landscape of Gates of the Mountains, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Helena.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Helena trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Helena takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in May, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to West Yellowstone.
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West Yellowstone — 1 night

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): cast your line with a fishing tour, then stroll through Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and then explore the activities along Earthquake Lake.

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Drive from Helena to West Yellowstone in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Helena in May: high temperatures in West Yellowstone hover around 16°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Yellowstone National Park.
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Yellowstone National Park — 2 nights

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): witness a stunning natural landmark at West Thumb Geyser Basin, then identify plant and animal life at Grand Loop Road, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Dragon's Mouth Springs. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fountain Paint Pot, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Midway Geyser Basin, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Biscuit Basin.

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You can drive from West Yellowstone to Yellowstone National Park in 1.5 hours. May in Yellowstone National Park sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Jackson Hole.
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Jackson Hole — 2 nights

The Jackson Hole valley is approximately 97 km (60 mi) long and 24 km (15 mi) wide, encompassing the town of Jackson, Teton Village, and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Rendezvous Mountain, see what you can catch with Teton Scenic Floats and Fly Fishing, then surround yourself with nature on Ana's Grand Excursions, and finally get outside with Teton Backcountry Rentals. On your second day here, stroll through Oxbow Bend, hike along Taggart Lake, then explore the stunning scenery at Cascade Canyon, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Episcopal Church.

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Drive from Yellowstone National Park to Jackson Hole in 2.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in May: high temperatures in Jackson Hole hover around 18°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
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Montana travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Nature & Parks
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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Wyoming travel guide

4.7
Hot Springs · River Rafting & Tubing · History Museums
The Equality State
Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourism, Wyoming is anything but "the bunchgrass edge of the world," as a writer once called it. Though the state's geography includes mostly wide-open plains, swaths of high desert, and sweeping mountain ridges, it also contains many small towns filled with places to visit, such as historical buildings, museums, shops, and restaurants. A great place to discover the last vestiges of the Old West, Wyoming's tourist attractions include the country's first national park, Native American reservations, and a smattering of ghost towns from the early frontier days. As you travel across this "Cowboy State," remember that distances between towns can be vast, requiring more advance vacation planning than travel in more densely populated parts of the country.
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