9 days in Montana Itinerary

9 days in Montana Itinerary

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Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
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Great Falls
— 1 night
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West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
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Bozeman
— 2 nights

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Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©

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.
Glacier National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier, admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls, and stroll through Highline Trail.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Glacier National Park trip itinerary builder website.

Columbia to Glacier National Park is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Columbia in October: high temperatures in Glacier National Park hover around 56°F and lows are around 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Great Falls.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park ©
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail

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Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Giant Springs State Park, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, then explore the world behind art at C.M. Russell Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Ursuline Centre.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Great Falls trip website.

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Great Falls takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. October in Great Falls sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Great Falls

Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center
C.M. Russell Museum ©
C.M. Russell Museum

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West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and then get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Yellowstone. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Eagle's Store, then contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone River, and then get your game on at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read West Yellowstone trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Great Falls to West Yellowstone in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Great Falls in October, with highs in West Yellowstone at 50°F and lows at 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Fishing Charters & Tours
Yellowstone River ©
Yellowstone River

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Bozeman

Bozeman ©
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): look and learn at Museum of the Rockies, then see the interesting displays at American Computer & Robotics Museum, and then grab your bike and head to Middle Cottonwood Trailhead. Keep things going the next day: explore the stunning scenery at Gallatin Canyon.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Bozeman road trip planning website.

Drive from West Yellowstone to Bozeman in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from West Yellowstone in October, expect nights in Bozeman to be about the same, around 30°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 59°F. On the 13th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bozeman

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies
American Computer & Robotics Museum ©
American Computer & Robotics Museum
Gallatin Canyon ©
Gallatin Canyon

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