9 days in Salt Lake City, West Yellowstone & Southwest Montana Itinerary

9 days in Salt Lake City, West Yellowstone & Southwest Montana Itinerary

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Salt Lake City
— 2 nights
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West Yellowstone
— 4 nights
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Helena
— 2 nights

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Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City ©
Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): engage your brain at Clark Planetarium. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the resident critters at Tracy Aviary, then take in breathtaking views at Big Cottonwood Canyon, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Utah's Hogle Zoo.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Salt Lake City online travel route planner.

San Diego to Salt Lake City is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego to Salt Lake City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Diego in July, expect nights in Salt Lake City to be about the same, around 70°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 95°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
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Temple Square ©
Temple Square
Big Cottonwood Canyon ©
Big Cottonwood Canyon
Utah's Hogle Zoo ©
Utah's Hogle Zoo

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nights
West Yellowstone

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Take a break from the city and head to Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. Bring the kids along to Grand Prismatic Spring and Osprey Falls Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near West Yellowstone: Yellowstone National Park (Solitary Geyser, Grand Geyser, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone River, stop by Send it Home, find something for the whole family at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read West Yellowstone trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Salt Lake City to West Yellowstone in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Salt Lake City in July, expect nights in West Yellowstone to be colder, around 39°F, while days are slightly colder, around 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Helena.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 29:
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

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Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. On the 30th (Thu), ponder the world of politics at Montana State Capitol, explore the striking landscape of Gates of the Mountains, and then get engrossed in the history at Montana Historical Society Museum. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Helena, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Helena, and then experience the excitement of Great Northern Carousel.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Helena online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from West Yellowstone to Helena by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from West Yellowstone in July; daily highs in Helena reach 89°F and lows reach 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helena

Nature · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 29 — 31:
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Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Mount Helena ©
Mount Helena
Great Northern Carousel ©
Great Northern Carousel

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