Itinerary #3: Idaho, Wyoming and Montana

This was our third road trip, and by now we’d started to get the hang of traveling together, moving quickly and absorbing everything we were seeing. Back home, our friends were starting to get very invested in our adventures on the road, and one family in particular was pretty keen on joining us. Sherry and her two kids, Maya and Eitan, were a godsend. Sherry was a retired attorney and 8th grade history teacher, and her kids were classmates of my children. Sherry had just taught a chapter on Lewis and Clark and was particularly fascinated to explore and walk in their footsteps, so to speak. We could not ask for better travel partners, and our experience was infinitely richer because of Sherry and her historical insights—not to mention her no-nonsense attitude, her distinct Boston accent, and her constant sarcastic humor.

Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana are truly some of the most magical and beautiful parts of this country. One of my favorite places is Big Sky Montana and if I could have a ranch, that’s where it would be. The natural beauty is everywhere you look, and sometimes it almost feels like it is just too much to take it all in. That’s what it must have been like for Lewis and Clark—when they weren’t enduring the hardships of their journey across the natural landscape. On this trip, we appreciated all that and more. I hope you also get the opportunity to explore these states and appreciate their beauty, majesty, and natural wonder…Let’s Go!

States Idaho, Wyoming, Montana

Theme Lewis & Clark and the New Frontier     Duration 10 Days | Map


Day 1: Fly to Idaho Falls

Destination #3: Idaho, Wyoming and MontanaLower Mesa Falls
Overnight in West Yellowstone

Day 2: Explore Lower Loop Yellowstone National Park

Destination #3: Idaho, Wyoming and MontanaOvernight in Yellowstone

Day 3: Explore the Upper loop Yellowstone National Park

Destination #3: Idaho, Wyoming and MontanaWhite water rafting (Gardiner)
• Overnight in Gardiner, MT

Day 4

Destination #3: Idaho, Wyoming and MontanaYellowstone Gateway Museum (Livingston)
Museum of the Rockies (Bozeman)
• Overnight in Bozeman

Day 5

Destination #3: Idaho, Wyoming and MontanaState Capitol building (Helena)
Spokane Bar Sapphire Mine and Gold Fever Rock Shop
Gates of the Mountains Boat Tour
• Overnight in Helena

Day 6: Drive to Great Falls

Destination #3: Idaho, Wyoming and MontanaThe Lewis and Clark Historic Trail and Interpretive Center
• Drive back to Helena
• Overnight in Helena

Day 7

Destination #3: Idaho, Wyoming and MontanaLewis and Clark Caverns (Three Forks)
World Museum of Mining (Butte)
The Mineral Museum (Butte)
• Overnight in Butte

Day 8

Destination #3: Idaho, Wyoming and Montana• Drive to Dude Ranch (Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest)

Day 9

Destination #3: Idaho, Wyoming and MontanaStay at Dude Ranch
Explore Virgina City

Day 10: Drive to Idaho Falls

Destination #3: Idaho, Wyoming and MontanaTautpahaus Zoo
Museum of Idaho
• Overnight in Idaho Falls

Day 11: Fly home