9 days in Montana Itinerary

9 days in Montana Itinerary

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9 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly + shuttle:  10​h 30​min
1
West Yellowstone
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Missoula
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
West Glacier
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

1
night
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
On the 1st (Mon), take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then have some family-friendly fun at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos, then get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the West Yellowstone travel planning app .

Washington DC to West Yellowstone is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in May, expect nights in West Yellowstone to be cooler, around 31°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Gardiner.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Yellowstone Big Gun Fun ©
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Horseback Riding Tours

1
night
Gardiner

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
On the 2nd (Tue), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Gardiner road trip website .

Getting from West Yellowstone to Gardiner by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Gardiner are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to West Glacier.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. On the 3rd (Wed), identify plant and animal life at National Bison Range, then get in on the family fun at A Carousel for Missoula, and then let little ones run wild at Dragon Hollow Play Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): stroll around Jacob Island Dog Park, trek along Rattlesnake National Recreation Area, stroll around Silver Park, then identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and finally stop by Grizzly Hackle Fly Shop.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Missoula day trip site .

Traveling by car from Gardiner to Missoula takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of car and flight. In June, Missoula is a bit warmer than Gardiner - with highs of 78°F and lows of 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to West Glacier.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

National Bison Range
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National Bison Range ©
National Bison Range
A Carousel for Missoula ©
A Carousel for Missoula
Rattlesnake National Recreation Area ©

4
nights
West Glacier

West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Glacier National Park (Grinnell Glacier, Going-to-the-Sun Road, & more). And it doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the activities along Lake McDonald, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Glacier National Park, and stroll through Ptarmigan Tunnel.

To find out how to plan a trip to West Glacier, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Missoula to West Glacier in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in West Glacier

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

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

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