9 days in Montana Itinerary

9 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana visit planner

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Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Whitefish
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive
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Bozeman
— 1 night
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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 plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier, appreciate the views at Logan Pass, contemplate the waterfront views at Swiftcurrent Falls, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Avalanche Lake.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Glacier National Park trip itinerary builder tool.

Boston to Glacier National Park is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Boston in July since evenings lows in Glacier National Park dip to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Whitefish.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Whitefish

— 2 nights
Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. On the 14th (Wed), take a memorable tour with Glacier ZipLines, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then cool off at Big Sky Water Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Glacier National Park.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Whitefish route builder.

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Whitefish takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in July, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Gardiner.

Things to do in Whitefish

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Gardiner

— 1 night
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): explore the activities along Yellowstone River, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then kick your exploration up a notch at Montana Whitewater.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Gardiner trip planning tool.

Drive from Whitefish to Gardiner in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Traveling from Whitefish in July, expect Gardiner to be slightly colder, temps between 77°F and 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bozeman.

Things to do in Gardiner

Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): browse for treasures at The Last Wind-Up.

To find maps and more tourist information, read Bozeman tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Gardiner to Bozeman in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Gardiner in July: high temperatures in Bozeman hover around 86°F and lows are around 50°F. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Bozeman

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Montana travel guide

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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.