9 days in Montana Itinerary

9 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana vacation planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Bozeman
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive
3
West Yellowstone
— 1 night
Drive
4
Glacier National Park
— 4 nights
Fly

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Bozeman

— 2 nights
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bozeman: Big Sky (Ousel Falls Trail & River Rafting & Tubing) and Yellowstone Guidelines (in Livingston). The adventure continues: look and learn at Museum of the Rockies, take an in-depth tour of American Computer & Robotics Museum, browse for treasures at The Last Wind-Up, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Middle Cottonwood Trailhead.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Bozeman trip maker site.

Denver to Bozeman is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Denver in May, Bozeman is little chillier at night with lows of 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Gardiner

— 1 night
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then stop by Parks' Fly Shop, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Gardiner travel planner.

You can drive from Bozeman to Gardiner in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, Gardiner is little chillier than Bozeman - with highs of 57°F and lows of 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Gardiner

Tours · Outdoors · Shopping · Adventure

West Yellowstone

— 1 night
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
On the 20th (Thu), stop by Send it Home, then get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read West Yellowstone road trip website.

You can drive from Gardiner to West Yellowstone in 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in West Yellowstone can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Wildlife · Parks · Theme Parks · Shopping

Glacier National Park

— 4 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.
On the 23rd (Sun), hike the day away at Highline Trail. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Grinnell Glacier, admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls, get great views at Jackson Glacier Overlook, and admire all the interesting features of Going-to-the-Sun Road.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park trip planner.

Getting from West Yellowstone to Glacier National Park by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from West Yellowstone in May, things will get a bit warmer in Glacier National Park: highs are around 67°F and lows about 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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.