15 days in Montana Itinerary

15 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana attractions planner

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Make it your trip
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Big Sky
— 2 nights
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Gardiner
— 3 nights
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Polson
— 4 nights
Drive
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West Glacier
— 5 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. Big Sky is known for adventure, winter sports, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, hike along Spirit of the North Sled Dog Adventures, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and stroll through Ousel Falls Trail.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Big Sky online travel planner.

Tampa to Big Sky is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Tampa to Big Sky is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Tampa in July, plan for slightly colder days in Big Sky, with highs around 77°F, while nights are colder with lows around 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Gardiner.

Things to do in Big Sky

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 1 — 3:

Gardiner

— 3 nights
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gardiner: West Yellowstone (Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, &more) and Clarks Fork Trail (in Cooke City). There's much more to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone River, explore and take pictures at Beartooth Hwy, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

You can plan Gardiner trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by car from Big Sky to Gardiner takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Polson.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 3 — 6:

Polson

— 4 nights
Polson is a city in Lake County, Montana, United States, on the southern shore of Flathead Lake. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Polson: Bigfork (Swan River, Howe’s Fishing – A Able/Mo Fisch Charters and Tours, &more), National Bison Range (in Moiese) and Seeley Lake Nordic Trails (in Seeley Lake). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Flathead Lake, examine the collection at Miracle of America Museum, look for gifts at Flathead Lake Cheese, and walk around Sacajawea Park.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Polson vacation planning app.

You can drive from Gardiner to Polson in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Gardiner in July, expect Polson to be somewhat warmer, temps between 85°F and 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to West Glacier.

Things to do in Polson

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 6 — 10:

West Glacier

— 5 nights
West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near West Glacier: Glacier National Park (Iceberg Lake Trail, Going-to-the-Sun Road, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Hidden Lake, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and hike along Trail of the Cedars.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the West Glacier travel route builder app.

Traveling by car from Polson to West Glacier takes 2 hours. July in West Glacier sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in West Glacier

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 10 — 15:

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.