12 days in Montana Itinerary

12 days in Montana Itinerary

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12 days in Montana Itinerary

Durham
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
Big Sky
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Great Falls
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Glacier National Park
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
Durham

1
day
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.

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Durham to West Yellowstone is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Durham to West Yellowstone, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Durham in May, expect West Yellowstone to be colder, temps between 54°F and 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Big Sky.

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Yellowstone National Park
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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
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Old Faithful

2
days
Big Sky

Big Sky
Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): fly down the slopes at Big Sky Resort. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, take an in-depth tour of American Computer Museum, and then get a new perspective on nature at Museum of the Rockies.

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Drive from West Yellowstone to Big Sky in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from West Yellowstone in May, expect Big Sky to be a bit warmer, temps between 63°F and 37°F. On the 12th (Sat), you're off toGreat Falls.

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Bozeman
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Big Sky Resort
Big Sky Resort
Museum of the Rockies
Museum of the Rockies
American Computer Museum ©
American Computer Museum

2
days
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): explore the world behind art at C. M. Russell Museum. On the next day, immerse yourself in nature at Giant Springs State Park, then get to know the fascinating history of The Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and then admire the sheer force of Ryan Dam - Great Falls of the Missouri.

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You can drive from Big Sky to Great Falls in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In May in Great Falls, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Glacier National Park.

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Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park
Meadow Lark Country Club
Meadow Lark Country Club

4
days
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.
Take a break from Glacier National Park with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in West Glacier, about 52 minutes away. Spend the 16th (Wed) exploring nature at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls, get to know the fascinating history of Garden Wall, and take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier.

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Traveling by car from Great Falls to Glacier National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In May in Glacier National Park, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

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River Rafting & Tubing
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Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail
River Rafting & Tubing
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

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