9 days in Montana Itinerary

9 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana vacation planner

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Make it your trip
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Big Sky
— 2 nights
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Gardiner
— 1 night
Fly
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West Glacier
— 4 nights
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Big Sky

— 2 nights
Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Big Sky: Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center (in West Yellowstone) and Norris Geyser Basin (in Yellowstone National Park). Next up on the itinerary: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, fly down the slopes at Big Sky Resort, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and hike along Ousel Falls Trail.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Big Sky travel route planner.

Knoxville to Big Sky is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Knoxville to Big Sky is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Knoxville, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Big Sky, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in Big Sky

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

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 26th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone River and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Gardiner online day trip planner.

Drive from Big Sky to Gardiner in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. In July in Gardiner, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to West Glacier.

Things to do in Gardiner

Nature · Tours · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

West Glacier

— 4 nights
West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near West Glacier: Glacier National Park (Avalanche Lake, Virginia Falls, &more) and Eric Thorsen Art Studio (in Bigfork). And it doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McDonald, tour the pleasant surroundings at Siyeh Pass, and trek along Trail of the Cedars.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the West Glacier trip planner.

You can fly from Gardiner to West Glacier in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Gardiner in July, things will get a bit warmer in West Glacier: highs are around 85°F and lows about 49°F. On the 30th (Sat), you're off to 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.