8 days in Montana Itinerary

8 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana trip planner

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Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
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Whitefish
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive
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Big Sky
— 1 night
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Glacier National Park

— 3 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, hike along Iceberg Lake Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Swiftcurrent Falls, and explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Glacier National Park trip planner.

Milwaukee to Glacier National Park is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Milwaukee in July, Glacier National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Whitefish.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 9:

Whitefish

— 2 nights
Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Sunti World Art Gallery, then cool off at Big Sky Water Park, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally sample the fine beverages at Glacier Distilling Company. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Glacier National Park.

Discover how to plan a Whitefish trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Glacier National Park to Whitefish by car takes about an hour. July in Whitefish sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Gardiner.

Things to do in Whitefish

Nature · Parks · Theme Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 9 — 11:

Gardiner

— 1 night
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then explore the activities along Yellowstone River, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Gardiner road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Whitefish to Gardiner takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Traveling from Whitefish in July, expect Gardiner to be a bit cooler, temps between 77°F and 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Big Sky.

Things to do in Gardiner

Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 11 — 12:

Big Sky

— 1 night
Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): stroll the grounds of The Soldiers Chapel and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Big Sky day trip app.

You can drive from Gardiner to Big Sky in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. In July, daily temperatures in Big Sky can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Big Sky

Tours · Adventure · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 13:

Montana travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Wildlife Areas
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.