9 days in Montana Itinerary

9 days in Montana Itinerary

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9 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Pasco
Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
1
West Glacier
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Missoula
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Big Sky
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Pasco

3
nights
West Glacier

West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around West Glacier: Glacier National Park (Swiftcurrent Mountain, Jackson Glacier Overlook, & more). There's more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Clements.

Plan trip to West Glacier with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Pasco to West Glacier is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Pasco to West Glacier. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Pasco in April: high temperatures in West Glacier hover around 56°F and lows are around 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Missoula.

Things to do in West Glacier

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Glacier National Park
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River Rafting & Tubing
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road

1
night
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Francis Xavier Church, find something for the whole family at A Carousel for Missoula, and then let little ones run wild at Dragon Hollow Play Area.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Missoula road trip website .

You can drive from West Glacier to Missoula in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in April, and nighttime lows around 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in Missoula

Theme Parks Fun & Games Parks
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A Carousel for Missoula ©
A Carousel for Missoula
St. Francis Xavier Church ©
St. Francis Xavier Church

1
night
Gardiner

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
On the 8th (Wed), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, read our Gardiner tour builder website .

Traveling by car from Missoula to Gardiner takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and car. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Missoula in April, with highs in Gardiner at 44°F and lows at 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Big Sky.

Things to do in Gardiner

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

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Big Sky

Big Sky ©
Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. Kids will enjoy Ousel Falls Trail and Montana Grizzly Encounter. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Big Sky: Bozeman (Museum of the Rockies & American Computer & Robotics Museum), Madison River Brewing (in Belgrade) and Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center (in West Yellowstone). There's more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lone Peak and fly down the slopes at Big Sky Resort.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Big Sky online route planner .

Getting from Gardiner to Big Sky by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle. In April, daytime highs in Big Sky are 44°F, while nighttime lows are 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Big Sky

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Bozeman, Madison River Brewing, Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
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Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies
Montana Grizzly Encounter ©
Montana Grizzly Encounter

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