11 days in Montana, Yellowstone National Park & Denver Itinerary

11 days in Montana, Yellowstone National Park & Denver Itinerary

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Fly to Gallatin Field, Drive to Big Sky
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Big Sky
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Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
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Denver
— 4 nights
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Big Sky

Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. Visiting Lone Peak and Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center will get you outdoors. Attractions like Big Sky Resort and Ousel Falls Trail make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with a short trip to Two Top in West Yellowstone (about 58 minutes away). There's much more to do: head outdoors with Grizzly Outfitters Ski & Backcountry Sports, cast your line with a fishing tour, hit the slopes at Yellowstone Club, and stroll the grounds of The Soldiers Chapel.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Big Sky trip planner.

Midland to Big Sky is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Midland in March, with highs in Big Sky at 37°F and lows at 17°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Big Sky

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

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Yellowstone National Park

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.
Get outdoors at Elephant Back Mountain and Yellowstone Lake. Get some cultural insight at S Rim Trail and Beaver Ponds Loop Trail. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Yellowstone River Picnic Area, take in the awesome beauty at Roaring Mountain, explore the striking landscape at Golden Gate Canyon, and get great views at Calcite Springs Overlook.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Big Sky to Yellowstone National Park in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Big Sky in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Yellowstone National Park, with lows of 10°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Denver

Mile-High City

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Popular historic sites such as Denver Union Station and Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Denver Museum of Nature & Science and National Museum of World War II Aviation. Change things up with these side-trips from Denver: Winter Park Resort (in Winter Park) and Garden of the Gods (in Colorado Springs). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, examine the collection at National Ballpark Museum, contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Golden History Museum & Park.

For ratings and tourist information, go to the Denver trip planner.

You can fly from Yellowstone National Park to Denver in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in March: high temperatures in Denver hover around 55°F and lows are around 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

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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.