9 days in Steamboat Springs, Montana & Lake Tahoe Area Itinerary

9 days in Steamboat Springs, Montana & Lake Tahoe Area Itinerary

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9 days in Steamboat Springs, Montana & Lake Tahoe Area Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
1
Steamboat Springs
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  7​h
2
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Helena
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
4
Truckee
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Los Angeles

3
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rocky Mountains and Spas. Get outdoors at Howelsen Hill Ski Area and Mount Werner. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Yampa River Core Trail, look for gifts at F.M. Light & Sons, put a fun spin on your tour with The Crooked Key, and contemplate the long history of Tread of Pioneers Museum.

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Los Angeles to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Los Angeles to Steamboat Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, things will get much colder in Steamboat Springs: highs are around 29°F and lows about 9°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
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Howelsen Hill Ski Area ©
Howelsen Hill Ski Area
Mount Werner ©
Mount Werner
Spas

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Highline Trail and St.Mary Falls. Escape the urban bustle at Iceberg Lake Trail and Swiftcurrent Lake. Go for a jaunt from Glacier National Park to Polebridge to see The Polebridge Mercantile about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: stroll around Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden Wall, and explore the striking landscape at Jackson Glacier Overlook.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Glacier National Park trip website .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Steamboat Springs to Glacier National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 16°F in Glacier National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

The Polebridge Mercantile
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Swiftcurrent Falls ©
Swiftcurrent Falls
St.Mary Falls ©
St.Mary Falls

1
night
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. On the 24th (Tue), get a taste of the local shopping with Archie Bray Foundation and then sample the tasty concoctions at Lewis & Clark Brewing Company.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Helena online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Helena takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Helena can reach 31°F, while at night they dip to 13°F. On the 24th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Truckee.

Things to do in Helena

Breweries & Distilleries Shopping Museums
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Lewis & Clark Brewing Company ©
Lewis & Clark Brewing Company
Archie Bray Foundation ©
Archie Bray Foundation

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Truckee

Truckee
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): glide through natural beauty at Tahoe Donner, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Truckee River Legacy Trail, and then take a stroll through Commercial Row and Jibboom Street.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Truckee online trip itinerary planner .

Explore your travel options from Helena to Truckee with the Route module. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Helena in December, you will find days in Truckee are somewhat warmer (41°F), and nights are about the same (15°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Truckee

Parks Outdoors Tours

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