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Montana adventure vacations bring you to the heart of the wildlife and natural wonders Big Sky Country is known for

Montana is full of real-life cowboys, trout-filled rivers, snow-capped mountains, hot springs, mud pots, and geysers. The state of Montana has 77 named mountain ranges stretching from north to south so there’s plenty of wild places to explore. Elk and antelope outnumber people two to one, but that’s only part of why people choose to visit Montana, where nature holds the winning hand. 

Montana is full of real-life cowboys, trout-filled rivers, snow-capped mountains, hot springs, mud pots, and geysers. The state of Montana has 77 named mountain ranges stretching from north to south so there’s plenty of wild places to explore. Elk and antelope outnumber people two to one, but that’s only part of why people choose to visit Montana, where nature holds the winning hand. 

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Montana is full of real-life cowboys, trout-filled rivers, snow-capped mountains, hot springs, mud pots, and geysers. The state of Montana has 77 named mountain ranges stretching from north to south so there’s plenty of wild places to explore. Elk and antelope outnumber people two to one, but that’s only part of why people choose to visit Montana, where nature holds the winning hand. 

Montana is full of real-life cowboys, trout-filled rivers, snow-capped mountains, hot springs, mud pots, and geysers. The state of Montana has 77 named mountain ranges stretching from north to south so there’s plenty of wild places to explore. Elk and antelope outnumber people two to one, but that’s only part of why people choose to visit Montana, where nature holds the winning hand. 

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Montana is full of real-life cowboys, trout-filled rivers, snow-capped mountains, hot springs, mud pots, and geysers. The state of Montana has 77 named mountain ranges stretching from north to south so there’s plenty of wild places to explore. Elk and antelope outnumber people two to one, but that’s only part of why people choose to visit Montana, where nature holds the winning hand. 

Montana is full of real-life cowboys, trout-filled rivers, snow-capped mountains, hot springs, mud pots, and geysers. The state of Montana has 77 named mountain ranges stretching from north to south so there’s plenty of wild places to explore. Elk and antelope outnumber people two to one, but that’s only part of why people choose to visit Montana, where nature holds the winning hand. 

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About Our Top-Rated Montana Adventures

For us, Montana is home. For visitors, it’s paradise. We live and breathe the land here in Big Sky Country, and on our guided Montana tours, you will too! Raft, ride, hike, and bike amid jaw-dropping scenery on your adventure vacation in Montana.

Top Montana Summer Vacations

North America

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Adventure

  • Duration 6 days
  • Travel Style
  • Activity Level Level 3 
    • Activity Level 3

      Earn Your Lunch

      I stay active on vacation and love the feeling of relaxing after a busy day on the go. I season my trips with a little fresh exercise.

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Journey through Montana's vast wilderness and geothermal wonders on our 'Bison' Big Sky & Yellowstone Adventure Tour. You'll explore Gallatin National Forest, hike to Grand Prismatic Hot Spring, horseback ride into the Absaroka Mountains and spot magnificent wildlife in Hayden Valley. 

Trip Start: Bozeman, Montana Trip End: Bozeman, Montana

North America

Yellowstone in Winter

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  • Duration 6 days
  • Travel Style
  • Activity Level Level 3 
    • Activity Level 3

      Earn Your Lunch

      I stay active on vacation and love the feeling of relaxing after a busy day on the go. I season my trips with a little fresh exercise.

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Discover bubbling geysers, frozen landscapes, and fascinating wildlife without the crowds while staying in cozy accommodations in Yellowstone National Park.

Trip Start: Bozeman, Montana Trip End: Bozeman, Montana

North America

Glacier National Park Adventure

  • Duration 6 days
  • Travel Style
  • Activity Level Level 3 
    • Activity Level 3

      Earn Your Lunch

      I stay active on vacation and love the feeling of relaxing after a busy day on the go. I season my trips with a little fresh exercise.

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Pristine turquoise lakes, forested valleys, grand green meadows and endless jaw-dropping scenery are yours to enjoy on our Glacier National Park vacation.

Trip Start: Whitefish, Montana Trip End: Whitefish, Montana

North America

Yellowstone, Glacier & Grand Teton Adventure

  • Duration 8 days
  • Travel Style
  • Activity Level Level 3 
    • Activity Level 3

      Earn Your Lunch

      I stay active on vacation and love the feeling of relaxing after a busy day on the go. I season my trips with a little fresh exercise.

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Explore the renowned landscapes of Yellowstone, Glacier and Grand Teton National Parks on one grand adventure, filled with bucket list moments.

Trip Start: Jackson, Wyoming Trip End: Whitefish, Montana

Wyoming

Jackson Hole Adventure

  • Duration days
  • Travel Style
  • Activity Level Level 3 
    • Activity Level 3

      Earn Your Lunch

      I stay active on vacation and love the feeling of relaxing after a busy day on the go. I season my trips with a little fresh exercise.

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Explore Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks via hiking, biking, rafting, horse riding and kayaking on this incredible 5-day adventure.

Trip Start: Jackson, Wyoming Trip End: Jackson, Wyoming

North America

Yellowstone & Grand Teton Adventure

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  • Duration 6 days
  • Travel Style
  • Activity Level Level 2 
    • Activity Level 2

      On the Move

      Sure, I own some hiking boots, they're even worn in, but they don't go on long trips. I like my creature comforts and I like to give a range of activities a go.

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You’ll feel like you stepped back in time to the wild, wild west as you explore the majesty of northwestern Wyoming, hiking, biking and kayaking in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.

Trip Start: Jackson, Wyoming Trip End: Jackson, Wyoming

North America

Yellowstone Adventure

4.65

  • Duration 6 days
  • Travel Style
  • Activity Level Level 2 
    • Activity Level 2

      On the Move

      Sure, I own some hiking boots, they're even worn in, but they don't go on long trips. I like my creature comforts and I like to give a range of activities a go.

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From the powerful waterfall of Yellowstone River’s Upper Falls to horseback riding into the Absaroka Mountains, you’ll be left awe at the natural wonders of this incredible National Park!

Trip Start: Bozeman, Montana Trip End: Bozeman, Montana

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Active Adventure Assurance

Secure Your Spot Now, Pay the Rest Later

As members of the Active Adventures family, Austin Adventures offers booking assurance that allows you to secure your spot with a deposit now and pay the rest later. Plus, if your plans change or you can’t travel, you can transfer your booking or request a refund on any additional funds paid (less deposit) up to 90 days from your original trip start date.  

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What guests are saying about their Montana Adventures

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- March 2022

Winter in Yellowstone and Big Sky 2022.

"Great trip, Steve and Eliza our guides were terrific not to mention lots of fun.… read more

"Great trip, Steve and Eliza our guides were terrific not to mention lots of fun. Well organized tour, accommodation and food was wonderful. Already booked for Canada in 2023! read less

4 Stars (1 reviews)

Elsie, United States

- September 2021

A magical trip to a magical place

"The tour guides Bryan and Carrie were fabulous. Their knowledge and enthusiasm captivated everyone in… read more

"The tour guides Bryan and Carrie were fabulous. Their knowledge and enthusiasm captivated everyone in the group and we all learned so much and saw so much. Yellowstone is a wonderful place and would be a great place to visit no matter what but the tour that was organized for us was so special and offered so many wonders to take in. The planning was exceptional and the execution was amazing. Great time with plenty of great memories. read less

5 Stars (16 reviews)

Mimi, United States

- September 2021

Packed days in Grand Teton and Yellowstone

"The Coyote trip was a great way to see as much of the Grand Teton… read more

"The Coyote trip was a great way to see as much of the Grand Teton and Yellowstone as you could pack into 6 days. Every day was filled with some sort of adventure; we were able to see a great variety of wildlife and geological features. I enjoyed the hiking and biking and it was at a pace that was welcoming to all levels. It was really special to be able to stay within Yellowstone and at Jenny Lake Lodge and have incredible views and quick assess to the parks in the next days. read less

4 Stars (6 reviews)

Kristen, United States

- September 2021

Great Experience

"Great experience with wonderful knowledgeable guides! read more

"Great experience with wonderful knowledgeable guides! read less

4 Stars (6 reviews)

Jeanine, United States

- September 2021

Yellowstone and Teton Tour

"This tour included incredible views of the amazing Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, including… read more

"This tour included incredible views of the amazing Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, including a variety of wildlife! We were able to enjoy the vast, picturesque landscapes through our hikes, riding the bike paths, and rafting down the Snake River. Our guides were knowledgeable, fun, and professional. If you are considering this tour, be sure to know your activity level; some in the tour were unable to complete the daily activities while others didn't find it difficult enough. We were active most of the day, but at an easy to moderate level. read less

4 Stars (6 reviews)

Emily, United States

- September 2021

So much I didn’t understand about Yellowstone

"I booked this trip because Covid made it difficult to travel internationally & I'm so… read more

"I booked this trip because Covid made it difficult to travel internationally & I'm so happy I did. I had always planned on “doing “ the US national parks when I was older feeling they would be less arduous. While Yellowstone can be enjoyed by visiting what’s near the road, this trip took you much further into the park. The dangers of Yellowstone should NOT be underestimated and the trip leaders were excellent at advising & guiding us to wonderful, beautiful off the beaten path places safely. The Thermal features go well beyond Old Faithful, the hikes very varied & lodging in the National Parks was a treat. read less

4 Stars (6 reviews)

Katie, United States

- August 2021

Amazing Trip!

"Our trip to the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park was outstanding. Heather, Katie and… read more

"Our trip to the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park was outstanding. Heather, Katie and Jessi were wonderful guides. Thank you for making my summer so special! read less

5 Stars (6 reviews)

Greg, United States

- August 2021

Yellowstone with Carrie & Bryan

"So grateful for our guide’s willingness to create a lifetime experience and memories in Yellowstone… read more

"So grateful for our guide’s willingness to create a lifetime experience and memories in Yellowstone Park- they shared their passion, knowledge and willingness to support all of us - no detail was ignored. read less

5 Stars (16 reviews)

Michele, United States

- August 2021

Fantastic Trip!

"I have never been to Yellowstone Park and it was amazing!
There were thermal features… read more

"I have never been to Yellowstone Park and it was amazing!
There were thermal features around every corner and the vistas were breathtaking. We saw bison (more than you could count), elk, mule deer and even a fight between a grizzly bear and a wolf over a bison carcass.
However, the best part of the trip were our guides, Katie, Heather and Jessi. They were friendly, competent, knowledgeable and worked well together as a team. They were the ones who made the trip so special. read less

5 Stars (16 reviews)

John, United States

- July 2021

Best Trip Ever!

"The Caldera trip was amazing. The guides Heather and Katie were so friendly and knowledgeable,… read more

"The Caldera trip was amazing. The guides Heather and Katie were so friendly and knowledgeable, the scenery was incredible, and the activities like rafting and zip-lining were so fun. The food was delicious too! read less

5 Stars (16 reviews)

Liz, United States

- July 2021

Yellowstone is Amazing.

"Yellowstone is a beautiful park. The thermal features are so interesting, geysers, hot springs and… read more

"Yellowstone is a beautiful park. The thermal features are so interesting, geysers, hot springs and boiling mud pots! Everyone should take the time to visit. Hiking is amazing as you travel through forests, mountains, canyons, waterfalls and thermal areas. read less

4 Stars (16 reviews)

Liz, United States

- July 2021

Solo trip but became an Adventure with new Friends!

"I selected the Caldera trip because it was at a location I have not yet… read more

"I selected the Caldera trip because it was at a location I have not yet visited; because it included hiking which I enjoy doing weekly and because it included other adventures that I have never tried such as rope course and ziplining, white water rafting, and a trail ride. The level/ physical requirements for this trip was spot on for both the hikes and the other adventures. I really enjoyed the extra elements of education from the guides. The education from the guides on wildlife and plant and thermal features were second only to the views! read less

5 Stars (16 reviews)

Dina, United States

- July 2021

Yellowstone

"Heather and Katie went out of their way to make the trip as perfect as… read more

"Heather and Katie went out of their way to make the trip as perfect as it could be. They are amazing chefs and the food they prepared was five stars!!! read less

5 Stars (16 reviews)

Lani, Virgin Islands (U.S.)

- July 2021

Active Adventures Caldera Trip

"Your partnership with Austin Adventures was a great choice! read more

"Your partnership with Austin Adventures was a great choice! read less

5 Stars (16 reviews)

Valerie, United States

- June 2021

Coyote

"Best way to see 2 National Parks on one trip! You keep active, see the… read more

"Best way to see 2 National Parks on one trip! You keep active, see the wonderful sites and meet new people. read less

5 Stars (6 reviews)

Karen, United States

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The Best Places to Visit in Montana

Many of the best places to visit in Montana are scattered throughout its wild spaces and national parks. There are acres of wild open country, wildlife, and incredible scenery. But the open frontiers of the American West aren’t the only beautiful places to visit in Montana. Montana’s cities keep one foot planted firmly in the past by celebrating their rich cultural history. We’ve put together a list of the best places to visit in Montana that highlight the towns, landmarks, natural wonders, and hidden gems of the Big Sky State. We can't wait to hear which place tops your list!

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When Is the Best Time to Visit Montana?

Summer in Montana is the best time of year to visit! Montana offers many exciting sights and activities all throughout the year, perfectly catering to many different interests. From white water rafting in the warmer months to skiing/snowboarding during the winter, there really isn’t a wrong time for a Montana vacation.

When is the best time to visit Glacier National Park? 

The summer is considered to be the best time to visit Glacier Park. Summer is generally best for the weather, access to areas of the park, lodging, and seeing wildlife. Although winter has some great opportunities too.

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Planning for a Montana Vacation

Planning what to do and what to pack for adventure vacations can be tricky. You want to make sure you’re prepared and experience everything on your list, but the lists can get lengthy and time short. But fear not – from our every-detail-planned trips to included packing lists well before you leave, we will have you well on your way to planning an incredible Montana vacation.

Pack for the Weather

Montana (Yellowstone National Park & Glacier National Park included) experiences distinct seasons – snowy, white winters and warm, sunny summers. The weather in Montana can vary significantly, even in a day – this means that you have to always be equipped with a diverse set of clothing options. The best way to do this is to plan on layers: a base layer, insulating mid-layers, and an additional shell. Learn more about layering for adventure travel.

Pack for Activity

When you book an adventure vacation with us, you’ll know what type of activities your trip will include. Use your itinerary to inform your packing decisions – if you’re cycling, bring padded shorts, if you’re hiking, bring proper hiking boots and wool socks, and so on.


Pack Sensible Footwear

Regardless of the amount of activity planned for your Montana trip, never underestimate the importance of solid footwear. Running sneakers, hiking boots and proper socks (including extras!), and river shoes or sandals are a staple on almost any adventure vacation. It’s all about comfort here in Big Sky Country.


Pack Skin Protection

Nothing ruins a vacation experience like painful or irritated skin. We always provide sunscreen, bug spray (though rarely needed) and the proper aid should you get a blister. We do, however, recommend bringing lotion for the dry climate. The dry air can take a toll on skin that is not used to the environment.


Additional Items for Your Trip

If there’s room in your bag, it never hurts to have a few additional items to make your adventure that much more enjoyable. These items include a camera, a backpack, binoculars, sunglasses, a bathing suit, and a hat and gloves.

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Travel Tips for Your Montana Vacation

There’s a reason why our Montana adventure vacations are consistently some of our best sellers – not only is Montana a beautiful state ripe for adventure and exploration, but it’s also home to two of the most beloved national parks in the U.S. – Yellowstone and Glacier.

Regardless of what time of year you choose to explore the wonders of Montana and the national parks, keep these travel tips in mind to ensure you have the best vacation possible:

  • Be mindful of wildlife
  • Take time to soak in the views
  • Make your must-see/must-do list early
  • Be prepared for anything

Be Mindful of Wildlife

Montana (and especially the national parks) is a vibrant ecosystem home to many different species, ranging from bison to bears. Always keep your distance and never attempt to feed any animals.


Remember to Look Around

Known as Big Sky Country, the Montana skyline is just breathtaking. Be sure to take a few minutes out of your hiking, biking, and exploring to stand still and gaze up at the sky above. You won’t regret it, especially at night.


Choose Your Must-See & Dos

There’s so much to do in Montana and in both national parks. So much, in fact, that we have three separate itineraries that explore Yellowstone alone! Deciding which activities or sights are the highest priorities for you can help you choose your vacation.


Montana offers incredible adventure opportunities outside of our itineraries, and whether you’re exploring Yellowstone or Glacier National Park, our Adventure Travel Consultants would be happy to help you add on a day or two of activities.

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Why Travel With US

benefit group size

Just-right group sizes allow you to get off the beaten path

With an average of 12 guests per departure and an industry-leading 6:1 guest-to-guide ratio, you’ll enjoy a highly personalized experience with the perspective of an insider.

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Award-winning guides lead the way

It’s so much easier to relax and enjoy your adventure when you have fun, caring guides who know the land, are experts in motivation, sweat all the details and whip up incredible meals, too!

benefit inclusive

You’ll never need to sweat the details

When we say all inclusive, we mean it! Meals and snacks, activities, lodging, transportation, guiding services and more. Every detail is handled; all you need to do is show up!

benefit safety

Enjoy freedom to push your boundaries – safely

Every aspect of your trip is thoroughly considered for your safety, from highly vetted vendors and well-maintained equipment to extensively trained guides and our seasoned operations team at headquarters.

benefit family

Decades of expertise mean you’ll experience only the best

Family travel and North American National Parks are our specialty. We’ve perfected our itineraries and sustained relationships for decades, ensuring you'll experience your destination to the fullest.

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"Wow Moments” take your trip from enjoyable to extraordinary

For us, the extra mile is never extra, it’s part of the way! Count on special touches throughout your trip that will amplify your experience. If we’ve done our job, they’ll have you saying “wow!”