9 days in Montana Itinerary

9 days in Montana Itinerary

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9 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
1
Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Great Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Big Sky
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Cooke City
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Dallas

2
nights
Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©
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.
Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls, hike along Highline Trail, and then trek along Grinnell Glacier.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Glacier National Park trip planner .

Dallas to Glacier National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Dallas to Glacier National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dallas in July, you will find days in Glacier National Park are little chillier (85°F), and nights are cooler (49°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Virginia Falls ©
Virginia Falls
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail

1
night
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at C.M. Russell Museum, then enjoy some music at Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, then immerse yourself in nature at Giant Springs State Park, and finally get engrossed in the history at Ursuline Centre.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Great Falls route planner .

You can drive from Glacier National Park to Great Falls in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. July in Great Falls sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Big Sky.

Things to do in Great Falls

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park
C.M. Russell Museum ©
C.M. Russell Museum
Ursuline Centre ©
Ursuline Centre

2
nights
Big Sky

Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. On the 15th (Mon), fly down the slopes at Big Sky Resort, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Soldiers Chapel, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Ousel Falls Trail. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Big Sky trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Big Sky takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and shuttle. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Great Falls in July; daily highs in Big Sky reach 77°F and lows reach 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Gardiner.

Things to do in Big Sky

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Big Sky Resort ©
Big Sky Resort
The Soldiers Chapel ©
The Soldiers Chapel

1
night
Gardiner

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
On the 17th (Wed), take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Old Gardiner Road, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Mammoth Hot Springs.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Gardiner trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Big Sky to Gardiner takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. In July in Gardiner, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cooke City.

Things to do in Gardiner

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Mammoth Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Hot Springs

2
nights
Cooke City

Cooke City ©
Cooke City-Silver Gate is a census-designated place (CDP) in Park County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Lamar Valley and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Cooke City Montana Museum, learn more about the world around you at Yellowstone Trading Post, then trek along Artist Point, and finally stop by Cooke City General Store.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cooke City trip planner .

You can drive from Gardiner to Cooke City in 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Cooke City are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cooke City

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park
Highlights from your plan
Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Artist Point ©
Artist Point

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