8 days in Montana Itinerary

8 days in Montana Itinerary

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8 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
1
Gardiner
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
2
West Glacier
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Kansas City

3
nights
Gardiner

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Explore Gardiner's surroundings by going to Museum of the Rockies (in Bozeman), Cooke City Montana Museum (in Cooke City) and West Yellowstone (Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center & Madison Avenue Old Time Photos). There's lots more to do: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, explore the activities along Yellowstone River, and take a memorable drive along Beartooth Hwy.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Gardiner online attractions planner .

Kansas City to Gardiner is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Kansas City to Gardiner, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Kansas City in August, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Gardiner: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to West Glacier.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trips

West Yellowstone, Beartooth Hwy, Cooke City Montana Museum, Museum of the Rockies
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Horseback Riding Tours
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Yellowstone River ©
Yellowstone River

4
nights
West Glacier

West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from West Glacier: Glacier National Park (Grinnell Glacier, Virginia Falls, & more). There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours and take an in-depth tour of Depot Park.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the West Glacier journey planner .

Traveling by car from Gardiner to West Glacier takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Gardiner in August, with highs in West Glacier at 83°F and lows at 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in West Glacier

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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