9 days in Montana Itinerary

9 days in Montana Itinerary

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9 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly + taxi:  7​h 30​min
1
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Great Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
West Yellowstone
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Bozeman
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Billings
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
End: Phoenix

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and Virginia Falls. When in Glacier National Park, make a side trip to see The Polebridge Mercantile in Polebridge, approximately 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, trek along Iceberg Lake Trail, appreciate the views at Logan Pass, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Grinnell Glacier.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park holiday site .

Phoenix to Glacier National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Phoenix in August; daily highs in Glacier National Park reach 83°F and lows reach 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

The Polebridge Mercantile
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Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

1
night
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 13th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at C.M. Russell Museum, then admire the majestic nature at Giant Springs State Park, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and finally get engrossed in the history at Ursuline Centre.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Great Falls journey maker app .

Getting from Glacier National Park to Great Falls by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Great Falls sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Great Falls

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

1
night
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 14th (Wed): see what you can catch with a fishing tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and then steep yourself in history at Yellowstone Historic Center.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our West Yellowstone trip planner .

Getting from Great Falls to West Yellowstone by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, car, and shuttle; or fly. In August, West Yellowstone is slightly colder than Great Falls - with highs of 75°F and lows of 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Fishing Charters & Tours
Yellowstone Historic Center ©
Yellowstone Historic Center

2
nights
Bozeman

Bozeman ©
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 15th (Thu): take a stroll around Bozeman Public Library, then get engrossed in the history at American Computer Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Rockies, and finally sample the fine beverages at Bozeman Spirits Distillery. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at East Gallatin Recreation Area Park - Bozeman Beach, take an in-depth tour of Gallatin History Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Bozeman, and finally browse for treasures at The Last Wind-Up.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Bozeman online trip maker .

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Bozeman in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from West Yellowstone in August, with highs in Bozeman at 84°F and lows at 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Billings.

Things to do in Bozeman

Museums Parks Outdoors
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American Computer & Robotics Museum ©
Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies
Downtown Bozeman ©
Downtown Bozeman

1
night
Billings

Billings ©
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 17th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Toucan Gallery, explore the world behind art at Yellowstone Art Museum, then examine the collection at Moss Mansion, then look for gifts at Scheels, and finally learn about winemaking at Yellowstone Cellars & Winery.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Billings tour planning tool .

Traveling by car from Bozeman to Billings takes 2.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Bozeman in August since evenings lows in Billings dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Billings

Museums Wineries Shopping
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Toucan Gallery ©
Toucan Gallery
Moss Mansion ©
Moss Mansion
Yellowstone Cellars & Winery ©
Yellowstone Cellars & Winery

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