9 days in Montana Itinerary

9 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana trip planner
Make it your trip
— 1 night
West Yellowstone
— 1 night
— 1 night
— 1 night
Great Falls
— 1 night
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights


Bozeman — 1 night

Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): trek along Ousel Falls Trail, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and then stroll the grounds of The Soldiers Chapel. Keep things going the next day: look and learn at Museum of the Rockies, appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Bozeman, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bozeman Spirits Distillery.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Bozeman trip maker.

New York City to Bozeman is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from New York City to Bozeman, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New York City in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Bozeman, with highs around 59°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to West Yellowstone.
Outdoors · Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trip

West Yellowstone — 1 night

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
On the 11th (Tue), trot along with a tour on horseback, cast your line with a fishing tour, and then identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.

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You can drive from Bozeman to West Yellowstone in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Bozeman in October; daily highs in West Yellowstone reach 50°F and lows reach 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Gardiner.
Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Gardiner — 1 night

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
On the 12th (Wed), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, look for gifts at Parks' Fly Shop, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Gardiner online trip builder.

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Gardiner in 2 hours. In October in Gardiner, expect temperatures between 50°F during the day and 25°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Billings.
Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping

Billings — 1 night

Billings is the largest city in the state of Montana, and is the principal city of the Billings Metropolitan Area with a population of 166,855.Billings is located in the south-eastern portion of the state and is the seat of Yellowstone County, which had a 2015 population of 157,048. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Moss Mansion, then do a tasting at Yellowstone Cellars & Winery, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Billings trip planner.

You can drive from Gardiner to Billings in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Gardiner in October: high temperatures in Billings hover around 61°F and lows are around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Great Falls.
Wineries · Museums · Historic Sites · Tours

Great Falls — 1 night

Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. On the 14th (Fri), explore the world behind art at C.M. Russell Museum, then enjoy some music at Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and then admire the majestic nature at Giant Springs State Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Great Falls route maker app.

You can drive from Billings to Great Falls in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in October, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Glacier National Park.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Glacier National Park — 3 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.
Glacier National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier, contemplate the waterfront views at Bowman Lake, trek along Avalanche Lake, and stroll through Iceberg Lake Trail.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Glacier National Park road trip website.

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Glacier National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In October, daytime highs in Glacier National Park are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow time for the flight back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Montana travel guide

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.