9 days in Montana Itinerary

9 days in Montana Itinerary

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9 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Miami
Fly + Drive:  11​h 45​min
1
Gardiner
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
2
West Yellowstone
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Great Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Whitefish
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Miami

1
day
Gardiner

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): look for gifts at Parks' Fly Shop, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Gardiner trip itinerary app .

Miami to Gardiner is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Miami in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Gardiner, with highs around 77°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Gardiner

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing
Parks' Fly Shop ©
Parks' Fly Shop

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 (Sun): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then explore the galleries of Yellowstone Historic Center, and then identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read West Yellowstone trip maker .

Traveling by car from Gardiner to West Yellowstone takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in West Yellowstone are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Fishing Charters & Tours
Yellowstone Historic Center ©
Yellowstone Historic Center

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 15th (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Giant Springs State Park, get to know the fascinating history of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Ann Cathedral.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Great Falls trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Great Falls takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, car, and bus; or fly. In July, Great Falls is a bit warmer than West Yellowstone - with highs of 86°F and lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Great Falls

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park
St. Ann Cathedral ©
St. Ann Cathedral

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Virginia Falls and Grinnell Glacier. Spend the 17th (Wed) exploring nature at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. The adventure continues: trek along Highline Trail, cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road, tour the pleasant surroundings at Iceberg Lake Trail, and appreciate the views at Logan Pass.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Glacier National Park road trip planning site .

You can drive from Great Falls to Glacier National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in Glacier National Park are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Whitefish.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

2
nights
Whitefish

Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at City Beach, then get engrossed in the history at Depot Park, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Whitefish attractions website .

You can drive from Glacier National Park to Whitefish in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and train. In July, daytime highs in Whitefish are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Whitefish

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Depot Park, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
City Beach ©
City Beach
Sunti World Art Gallery ©
Sunti World Art Gallery

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