8 days in Montana Itinerary

8 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana trip planner

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Make it your trip
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Big Sky
— 2 nights
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Gardiner
— 1 night
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West Glacier
— 4 nights
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Big Sky

— 2 nights
Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Big Sky: West Yellowstone (Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center & Yellowstone Big Gun Fun). There's much more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, trek along Ousel Falls Trail, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lone Peak, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Big Sky travel itinerary planner.

Durham to Big Sky is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Durham in July, expect nights in Big Sky to be colder, around 39°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Gardiner.

Things to do in Big Sky

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

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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 5th (Tue): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone River.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Gardiner travel route planner.

You can drive from Big Sky to Gardiner in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to fly to West Glacier.

Things to do in Gardiner

Parks · Tours · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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West Glacier

— 4 nights
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 (Iceberg Lake Trail, Going-to-the-Sun Road, &more). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, delve into the mystery of Montana Vortex and House of Mystery, stroll through Trail of the Cedars, and hike along Siyeh Pass.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read West Glacier travel planning app.

You can fly from Gardiner to West Glacier in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Gardiner in July; daily highs in West Glacier reach 85°F and lows reach 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in West Glacier

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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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.