17 days in Montana, Grand Teton National Park & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

17 days in Montana, Grand Teton National Park & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Whitefish
— 1 night
2
Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
3
Grand Teton National Park
— 2 nights
4
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
5
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
6
Gardiner
— 1 day
7
Bozeman
— 5 nights

1
night
Whitefish

Whitefish ©
Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. On the 4th (Fri), cast your line with State of Mind Fishing Charters LLC and then see the sights as you ascend with Rock Climb Montana.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Whitefish vacation planning site.

Asheville to Whitefish is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Asheville to Whitefish due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Asheville in September, expect Whitefish to be little chillier, temps between 70°F and 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Whitefish

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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State of Mind Fishing Charters LLC ©
State of Mind Fishing Charters LLC
Rock Climb Montana ©
Rock Climb Montana

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): appreciate the views at Logan Pass, admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls, then get great views at Jackson Glacier Overlook, and finally take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Iceberg Lake Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Avalanche Lake, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McDonald.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Glacier National Park online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Whitefish to Glacier National Park takes 1.5 hours. September in Glacier National Park sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
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Virginia Falls ©
Virginia Falls
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail

2
nights
Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park ©
The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
On the 7th (Mon), trek along Jenny Lake Trail and then take a memorable drive along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Grand Teton.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Teton National Park travel route planner.

Fly from Glacier National Park to Grand Teton National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Grand Teton National Park are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. You will leave for West Yellowstone on the 9th (Wed).

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Jenny Lake Trail ©
Jenny Lake Trail

2
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Lamar Valley as well as Mount Washburn. Kids will enjoy Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and Fishing Charters & Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around West Yellowstone: Yellowstone National Park (Firehole Canyon Drive & Purple Mountain Trail). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the West Yellowstone itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Grand Teton National Park to West Yellowstone takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Grand Teton National Park in September, plan for slightly colder nights in West Yellowstone, with lows around 32°F. You'll set off for Yellowstone National Park on the 11th (Fri).

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park
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Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley
Mount Washburn ©
Mount Washburn
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center

3
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
On the 12th (Sat), take in the natural beauty of Grand Geyser, witness a stunning natural landmark at Blue Star Spring, then take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Lower Geyser Basin, take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Midway Geyser Basin.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Yellowstone National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Yellowstone National Park sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 33°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Gardiner.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature · Parks
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Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring
Upper Geyser Basin ©
Upper Geyser Basin

1
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Gardiner

Gardiner ©
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Osprey Falls Trail as well as Lower Geyser Basin. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): trek along Osprey Falls Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Lower Geyser Basin, then take in the natural beauty of Mammoth Hot Springs, then don't miss a visit to Roosevelt Arch, and finally relax and float downstream with Montana Whitewater.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Gardiner route website.

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Gardiner by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bozeman.

Things to do in Gardiner

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park
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Lower Geyser Basin ©
Lower Geyser Basin
Mammoth Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Hot Springs
Osprey Falls Trail ©
Osprey Falls Trail

5
nights
Bozeman

Bozeman ©
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Bring the kids along to Yellowstone Safari Company and Fishing Charters & Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Bozeman side-trips: Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park (in Three Forks) and Big Sky (Big Sky Resort & Horseback Riding Tours). There's lots more to do: learn more about the world around you at Museum of the Rockies, get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Bozeman, explore the activities along Gallatin River, and pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Last Wind-Up.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Bozeman itinerary planner.

Getting from Gardiner to Bozeman by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Gardiner in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Bozeman: highs are around 72°F and lows about 41°F. On the 19th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Bozeman

Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Big Sky, Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park
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Yellowstone Safari Company ©
Yellowstone Safari Company
Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies
Big Sky Resort ©
Big Sky Resort

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