9 days in Montana & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

9 days in Montana & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Gallatin Field, Drive to Big Sky
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Big Sky
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive
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Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
Drive to Jackson Hole Airport, Fly to Washington

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Big Sky

— 2 nights
Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. Get out of town with these interesting Big Sky side-trips: West Yellowstone (Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, &more). There's still lots to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ousel Falls Trail, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and make a trip to Big Sky Chapel.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Big Sky online road trip planner.

Washington to Big Sky is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to Big Sky is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Washington in June, expect nights in Big Sky to be colder, around 35°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in Big Sky

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Gardiner

— 1 night
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
On the 23rd (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone River, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Gardiner trip planner.

Traveling by car from Big Sky to Gardiner takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. June in Gardiner sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park

— 5 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Yellowstone National Park is known for nature, wildlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, stroll through Observation Point Trail, and hike along Trout Lake Trail.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park tour itinerary maker site.

Getting from Gardiner to Yellowstone National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Montana travel guide

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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.