For those who crave mountain scenery and don’t mind doing some hiking, you’ll visit some of the west’s most incredible landscapes on this trip. Get up close to one of Glacier National Park’s 27 glaciers by boat and foot. Tour in a historic Red Jammer Bus, or take a cultural tour with the Blackfeet Indian tribe, who’ve been watching over this area for centuries. Visit Yellowstone, America’s first National Park, with its geysers, bubbling mudpots, steam vents and waterfalls. The wildlife watching is incredible, with good chances of seeing bears, elk, bison, deer, mountain goats and big horn sheep, along with eagles and other birds of prey. Included with this trip is a day with your own private guide to give you a look at “hidden” Yellowstone. Head into Grand Teton National Park & Jackson, Wyoming for rafting, canoeing, rodeos and more. Return to Billings via the breathtaking (literally) Beartooth Highway Scenic Drive.
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Billings – 1 night: Fly into Billings and check into your hotel. Visit the Billings Zoo or take a stroll in Billings’ Historic District to visit the train depot, museums and art galleries.
Great Falls – 1 night: This is a great stop on your way to Glacier National Park. Visit the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center or visit the C.M. Russell Museum.
Glacier National Park – 3 nights: Explore magnificent glaciers by boat or historic bus. Watch for mountain goats, the official symbol for Glacier National Park.
Helena – 1 night: Helena is a great stopping point on the way down to Yellowstone. Visit historic museums and trains in Montana’s state capitol.
Yellowstone National Park – 3 nights: Yellowstone is the place to see abundant wildlife on a guided private tour, and to marvel at the other-worldly geysers and hot pools.
Grand Teton National Park – 2 nights: The Grand Tetons are the perfect backdrop for biking, rafting whitewater rapids, canoeing serene Jenny Lake, or fly fishing.
Jackson – 1 night: The western town of Jackson blends the cowboy culture of the old west with upscale shopping, art galleries and museums. Head to the rodeo or ride the Alpine Slide!
Red Lodge – 1 night: Spend your last night near Billings after driving the scenic Beartooth Highway.