9 days in Montana Itinerary

9 days in Montana Itinerary

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9 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  10​h 30​min
1
Glacier National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
2
Gardiner
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + bus:  10​h 15​min
End: New York City

4
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 Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. The adventure continues: trek along Grinnell Glacier, explore the striking landscape at Jackson Glacier Overlook, contemplate the waterfront views at Swiftcurrent Lake, and stroll through Avalanche Lake.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Glacier National Park trip itinerary maker .

New York City to Glacier National Park is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Glacier National Park is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in July, plan for colder nights in Glacier National Park, with lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Gardiner.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road

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 11th (Thu): get interesting insight from Tours, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then stop by Yellowstone Gifts & Sweets.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Gardiner trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Gardiner takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and car. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Glacier National Park in July: high temperatures in Gardiner hover around 77°F and lows are around 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Gardiner

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

3
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
On the 12th (Fri), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Soldiers Chapel, and then trek along Ousel Falls Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Eagle's Store, then get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the West Yellowstone trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Gardiner to West Yellowstone in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, daytime highs in West Yellowstone are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. You'll set off for home on the 14th (Sun).

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Big Sky
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Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun ©
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun
The Soldiers Chapel ©
The Soldiers Chapel

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