8 days in Montana Itinerary

8 days in Montana Itinerary

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Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
2
Helena
— 1 night
3
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
4
Bozeman
— 2 nights

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.
On the 11th (Fri), hike along Iceberg Lake Trail, then contemplate the waterfront views at Fishercap Lake, and then explore the activities along Swiftcurrent Falls. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at St.Mary Falls, then contemplate the waterfront views at St. Mary Lake, and finally take some stellar pictures from Jackson Glacier Overlook.

For maps and other tourist information, you can read our Glacier National Park online trip itinerary maker.

Durham to Glacier National Park is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Durham in September, you will find days in Glacier National Park are slightly colder (70°F), and nights are much colder (40°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Helena.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
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Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail
Virginia Falls ©
Virginia Falls
St.Mary Falls ©
St.Mary Falls

1
night
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Helena, get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol, and then identify plant and animal life at Gates of the Mountains.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Helena tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Glacier National Park to Helena in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or fly. Traveling from Glacier National Park in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 46°F in Helena. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Helena

Nature · Historic Sites · Parks
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Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Montana State Capitol ©
Montana State Capitol
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena

2
nights
West Yellowstone

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
On the 14th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Yellowstone, trot along with a tour on horseback, and then explore the activities along Earthquake Lake. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours, find something for the whole family at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

Before you visit West Yellowstone, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Helena to West Yellowstone by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Helena in September, with highs in West Yellowstone at 64°F and lows at 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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Horseback Riding Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
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. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): get a dose of the wild on Yellowstone Guidelines and then admire the sheer force of Palisade Falls.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Bozeman trip planner.

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Bozeman in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from West Yellowstone in September, with highs in Bozeman at 72°F and lows at 41°F. On the 17th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Yellowstone Guidelines
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Yellowstone Guidelines ©
Yellowstone Guidelines
Fishing Charters & Tours
Palisade Falls ©
Palisade Falls

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