17 days in Montana Itinerary

17 days in Montana Itinerary

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West Yellowstone
— 5 nights
2
Gardiner
— 4 nights
3
West Glacier
— 7 nights

5
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Attractions like Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and Horseback Riding Tours make great kid-friendly stops. Explore West Yellowstone's surroundings by going to Museum of the Rockies (in Bozeman) and Big Sky (Lone Peak, Nature & Wildlife Tours, &more). There's lots more to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, explore the activities along Yellowstone River, look for gifts at Send it Home, and steep yourself in history at Earthquake Lake.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our West Yellowstone driving holiday planner.

Minneapolis to West Yellowstone is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, taxi, and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Minneapolis to West Yellowstone. When traveling from Minneapolis in June, plan for a bit cooler days in West Yellowstone, with highs around °F, while nights are colder with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Big Sky, Museum of the Rockies
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Yellowstone Big Gun Fun ©
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Yellowstone River ©
Yellowstone River

4
nights
Gardiner

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Horseback Riding Tours and River Rafting & Tubing. Venture out of the city with trips to Sacajawea Park (in Polson), Cooke City (Cooke City Montana Museum & Clay Butte Fire Lookout Tower) and Pine Creek Trail (in Livingston). There's still lots to do: explore by horseback at Wilderness Connection, take a memorable drive along Beartooth Hwy, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Soldiers Chapel, and stroll through Ousel Falls Trail.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Gardiner attractions planner.

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Gardiner takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Gardiner sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to West Glacier.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Big Sky, Cooke City, Sacajawea Park, Pine Creek Trail, Beartooth Hwy
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Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing
Big Sky Resort ©
Big Sky Resort

7
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West Glacier

West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. Attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Hidden Lake make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near West Glacier: Glacier National Park (Going-to-the-Sun Road, Logan Pass, &more). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Trail of the Cedars and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McDonald.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read West Glacier trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Gardiner to West Glacier in 7 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. In July, West Glacier is a bit warmer than Gardiner - with highs of °F and lows of °F. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in West Glacier

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Glacier National Park
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River Rafting & Tubing
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road

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