17 days in Montana & South Central Colorado Itinerary

17 days in Montana & South Central Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Miami, Florida
Fly:  9 h 15 min
1
Bozeman
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
West Yellowstone
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Missoula
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
4
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Drive:  7 h 15 min
5
Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
Fly:  8 h
End: Miami, Florida

3
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. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Museum of the Rockies and Ousel Falls Trail. Explore Bozeman's surroundings by going to Big Sky (The Soldiers Chapel, Big Sky Resort, &more) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Gardiner). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at American Computer & Robotics Museum, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bozeman Spirits Distillery, engage your brain at Montana Science Center, and get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Bozeman.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Bozeman trip itinerary planner.

Miami to Bozeman is an approximately 9.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Miami in March, things will get much colder in Bozeman: highs are around 49°F and lows about 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Bozeman

Museums Childrens Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Big Sky, Horseback Riding Tours
Highlights from your plan
Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies
Horseback Riding Tours
Montana Science Center ©
Montana Science Center

1
night
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
On the 4th (Sat), take in the awesome beauty at Two Top, identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, then get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, and finally look for gifts at Send it Home.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the West Yellowstone trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Bozeman to West Yellowstone takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Bozeman in April, expect West Yellowstone to be a bit cooler, temps between 44°F and 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Missoula.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun ©
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Send it Home ©
Send it Home

2
nights
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): stroll around Caras Park, have fun at Dragon Hollow Play Area, then hunt for treasures at Downtown ToNite, and finally get in on the family fun at A Carousel for Missoula. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Jumbo North Peak Trail, let little ones run wild at McCormick Park, get a new perspective on nature at Montana Natural History Center, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Silver Park, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Imagine Nation Brewing Co.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Missoula online trip maker.

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Missoula in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from West Yellowstone in April; daily highs in Missoula reach 57°F and lows reach 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks Fun & Games Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Caras Park ©
Caras Park
A Carousel for Missoula ©
A Carousel for Missoula
Imagine Nation Brewing Co ©
Imagine Nation Brewing Co

3
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.
Glacier National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Swiftcurrent Mountain, take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, get great views at Jackson Glacier Overlook, and hike along Granite Park Trail.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Glacier National Park trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Missoula to Glacier National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In April, daily temperatures in Glacier National Park can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Swiftcurrent Mountain ©
Swiftcurrent Mountain
Swiftcurrent Pass Hike ©
Swiftcurrent Pass Hike
Granite Park Trail ©
Granite Park Trail

2
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Family-friendly places like River Rafting & Tubing and Off-Road Tours will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: stroll around McPhelemy Park, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Deerhammer Distillery, explore the activities along Cottonwood Lake, and mingle with the ghosts of the past at Winfield.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and car from Glacier National Park to Buena Vista takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Buena Vista can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 27°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Off-Road Tours
Zipline

4
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Garden of the Gods and Battlefield Colorado. Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs road trip planning site.

Getting from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in April, Colorado Springs is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park ©
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park

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