14 days in Montana Itinerary

14 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana tour planner

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Make it your trip
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Bozeman
— 1 night
Drive
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West Yellowstone
— 1 night
Drive
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Gardiner
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cooke City
— 3 nights
Drive
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Glacier National Park
— 4 nights
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Bozeman

— 1 night
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then don't miss a visit to Big Sky Chapel. On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Bozeman and then see the sky in a new way at Museum of the Rockies.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Bozeman trip itinerary maker.

Milwaukee to Bozeman is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Traveling from Milwaukee to Bozeman, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Milwaukee in October, Bozeman is a bit cooler at night with lows of 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Bozeman

Childrens Museums · Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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West Yellowstone

— 1 night
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
On the 10th (Tue), cast your line with a fishing tour, stroll through Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and then find something for the whole family at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read West Yellowstone visit planning site.

You can drive from Bozeman to West Yellowstone in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Bozeman in October; daily highs in West Yellowstone reach 50°F and lows reach 25°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Gardiner.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Wildlife · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Tours
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Gardiner

— 4 nights
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gardiner: Yellowstone National Park (Mount Washburn, Blacktail Plateau Drive, &more). There's still lots to do: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, ride a horse along Wilderness Connection, and stroll through Hellroaring Creek Trailhead.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Gardiner trip itinerary planner.

Getting from West Yellowstone to Gardiner by car takes about 2 hours. October in Gardiner sees daily highs of 50°F and lows of 25°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Cooke City.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 10 — 14:

Cooke City

— 3 nights
Cooke City-Silver Gate is a census-designated place (CDP) in Park County, Montana, United States. You've now added Beartooth Hwy to your itinerary. Explore Cooke City's surroundings by going to Yellowstone National Park (Specimen Ridge, Yellowstone Institute, &more). It doesn't end there: cruise along Chief Joseph Hwy and take in panoramic vistas at Clay Butte Fire Lookout Tower.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cooke City trip planner.

Getting from Gardiner to Cooke City by car takes about 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Cooke City

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Trails · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 14 — 17:

Glacier National Park

— 4 nights

Crown of the Continent

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.
Glacier National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier, trek along Avalanche Lake, cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Iceberg Lake Trail.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Glacier National Park online holiday builder.

Explore your travel options from Cooke City to Glacier National Park with the Route module. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cooke City in October: high temperatures in Glacier National Park hover around 56°F and lows are around 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
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Montana travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Nature & Parks
The Crown of the Continent
With a population of only one million, Montana remains an untouched natural paradise of snowcapped peaks, expansive forests, and alpine lakes, dotted with Old West ghost towns, Indian reservations, and progressive urban communities. Appreciate the state's unique charm and beauty with a trip to Glacier National Park, where you can come face-to-face with Montana wildlife among its high peaks. Head to the state's largest cities, Billings and Missoula, for an array of historical attractions and cultural sightseeing.