8 days in Montana

8 days in Montana

Apr 1, 2023  -  Apr 8, 2023
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Make it your trip
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Big Sky
— 1 night
Drive
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Gardiner
— 2 nights
Drive
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Helena
— 1 night
Drive
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West Glacier
— 3 nights
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Big Sky — 1 night

Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Lone Peak and then fly down the slopes at Big Sky Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): stroll the grounds of The Soldiers Chapel, trot along with a tour on horseback, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally trek along Ousel Falls Trail.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Big Sky travel route planner.

Durham to Big Sky is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Durham to Big Sky is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Durham in April, things will get cooler in Big Sky: highs are around 44°F and lows about 22°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Gardiner.
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Gardiner — 2 nights

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
On the 3rd (Mon), see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and then find something for the whole family at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun. Keep things going the next day: trot along with a tour on horseback, then contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone River, and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Gardiner online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Big Sky to Gardiner in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. April in Gardiner sees daily highs of 44°F and lows of 22°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Helena.
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Helena — 1 night

Helena is the capital city of the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): see what you can catch with Montana Fishing Outfitters, explore the engaging exhibits at ExplorationWorks, and then experience the excitement of Great Northern Carousel.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Helena tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Gardiner to Helena takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. In April, Helena is a bit warmer than Gardiner - with highs of 57°F and lows of 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to West Glacier.
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West Glacier — 3 nights

West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Glacier National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then explore the activities along Lake McDonald, and then explore the activities along Avalanche Lake.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the West Glacier visit planner.

Traveling by car from Helena to West Glacier takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In April, daily temperatures in West Glacier can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 30°F. On the 8th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Montana travel guide

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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.
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