8 days in Montana & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

8 days in Montana & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

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West Glacier
— 1 night
Drive
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Great Falls
— 1 night
Drive
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Big Sky
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
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West Glacier

— 1 night
West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. On the 11th (Wed), hike along Siyeh Pass and then trek along Trail of the Cedars. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Avalanche Lake, explore the activities along Lake McDonald, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the West Glacier trip itinerary planner.

Washington DC to West Glacier is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Washington DC to West Glacier, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder evenings in West Glacier when traveling from Washington DC in August, with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in West Glacier

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Great Falls

— 1 night
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): immerse yourself in nature at Giant Springs State Park, then get to know the fascinating history of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and then trek along River's Edge Trail.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Great Falls day trip planner.

Traveling by car from West Glacier to Great Falls takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Great Falls are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Big Sky.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Nightlife

Big Sky

— 2 nights
Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. On the 14th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Big Sky Resort, then trek along Beehive Basin Trail, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lone Peak. Here are some ideas for day two: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then trot along with a tour on horseback, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Soldiers Chapel, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Ousel Falls Trail.

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Traveling by car from Great Falls to Big Sky takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and shuttle. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Great Falls in August, with highs in Big Sky at 75°F and lows at 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Big Sky

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Yellowstone National Park

— 3 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
On the 16th (Mon), get impressive views of Monument Geyser Basin, witness a stunning natural landmark at Beryl Spring, take in the dramatic natural features at Artists Paintpots, then take in the dramatic scenery at Gibbon Falls, and finally take a memorable drive along Firehole Canyon Drive. Here are some ideas for day two: witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin, take in the natural beauty of Blue Star Spring, then trek along Observation Point Trail, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, and finally head outdoors with Morning Glory Pool.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park trip site.

You can drive from Big Sky to Yellowstone National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Traveling from Big Sky in August, expect nights in Yellowstone National Park to be about the same, around 38°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 70°F. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

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.