9 days in Montana Itinerary

9 days in Montana Itinerary

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Bozeman
— 1 night
Drive
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West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive
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Missoula
— 2 nights
Drive
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West Glacier
— 3 nights
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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. Your day by day itinerary now includes Bozeman Kayak Company. On the 1st (Sun), let the river carry you with Bozeman Kayak Company and then admire the sheer force of Palisade Falls.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Bozeman online trip itinerary maker.

Durham to Bozeman is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Durham in July, plan for colder nights in Bozeman, with lows around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours

West Yellowstone

— 2 nights
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): explore the activities along Chinese Spring ( Chinaman Spring), explore the striking landscape at Blue Star Spring, tour the pleasant surroundings at Observation Point Trail, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Solitary Geyser, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Aurum Geyser.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the West Yellowstone trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Bozeman to West Yellowstone takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. In August, West Yellowstone is little chillier than Bozeman - with highs of 75°F and lows of 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Missoula.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Missoula

— 2 nights
Missoula is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. On the 4th (Wed), learn more about the world around you at Boone and Crockett Club, grab your bike and head to Silver Park, let the kids burn off some steam at McCormick Park, then find something for the whole family at A Carousel for Missoula, and finally stop by Grizzly Hackle Fly Shop.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Missoula road trip planner.

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Missoula takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from West Yellowstone in August: high temperatures in Missoula hover around 86°F and lows are around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to West Glacier.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

West Glacier

— 3 nights
West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Avalanche Lake and Lake McDonald. Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Goat Lick Overlook. Get out of town with these interesting West Glacier side-trips: Glacier National Park (Cracker Lake Hike & Logan Pass). There's much more to do: trek along Trail of the Cedars, take an in-depth tour of Depot Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Hidden Lake, and stroll through Siyeh Pass.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the West Glacier trip planner.

You can drive from Missoula to West Glacier in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in August, and nighttime lows around 48°F. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in West Glacier

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Montana travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Nature & Parks
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.