41 days in Montana Itinerary

41 days in Montana Itinerary

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41 days in Montana Itinerary

San Francisco
Fly:  4​h
Bozeman
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Norris
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
West Yellowstone
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
Red Lodge
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
Great Falls
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Helena
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Anaconda
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Missoula
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Moiese
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
Glacier National Park
— 6 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h
San Francisco

3
days
Bozeman

Bozeman
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Explore hidden gems such as Bridger Bowl and Palisade Falls. Take a break from Bozeman with a short trip to Chico Hot Springs in Pray, about 52 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Montana Grizzly Encounter, make a trip to Emerson Cultural Center, examine the collection at Livingston Depot Center, and get curious at American Computer Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Bozeman trip itinerary maker app .

San Francisco to Bozeman is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. In December, Bozeman is colder than San Francisco - with highs of 32°F and lows of 10°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Norris.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Livingston Depot Center, Chico Hot Springs
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Bridger Bowl
Bridger Bowl
Montana Grizzly Encounter
Montana Grizzly Encounter
Palisade Falls ©
Palisade Falls

2
days
Norris

Norris
Norris is a small unincorporated community in northeastern Madison County, Montana, United States, at the intersection of U.S. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): explore the different monuments and memorials at Boothill Cemetery, then don't miss a visit to Virginia City National Historic Landmark, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Willies Distillery, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Norris Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Thu): immerse yourself in nature at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Norris trip planner.

You can drive from Bozeman to Norris in an hour. December in Norris sees daily highs of 32°F and lows of 10°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Norris

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Virginia City, Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, Willies Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park
Norris Hot Springs ©
Norris Hot Springs
Willies Distillery ©
Willies Distillery

5
days
West Yellowstone

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Earthquake Lake. Explore West Yellowstone's surroundings by going to Big Sky (Spas & Wellness, Ousel Falls Trail, & more). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Yellowstone Historic Center.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our West Yellowstone trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Norris to West Yellowstone takes 1.5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Norris in December: high temperatures in West Yellowstone hover around 23°F and lows are around 2°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time for travel to Red Lodge.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Big Sky
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun ©
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun
Earthquake Lake ©
Earthquake Lake

3
days
Red Lodge

Red Lodge
Red Lodge is a city in and the county seat of Carbon County, Montana, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Red Lodge Mountain and Carbon County Arts Guild & Depot Gallery. And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Beartooth Highway, look for gifts at Montana Candy Emporium, cruise along Beartooth Hwy, and see the interesting displays at Carbon County Historical Society & Museum.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Red Lodge trip planning app .

Drive from West Yellowstone to Red Lodge in 4 hours. Traveling from West Yellowstone in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Red Lodge, with lows around 16°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Great Falls.

Things to do in Red Lodge

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trips

Montana, Wyoming
Highlights from your plan

4
days
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like The Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and Showdown Ski Area. Take a break from Great Falls with a short trip to Teton Pass Ski Area in Choteau, about 1h 35 min away. There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Giant Springs State Park, sample the tasty concoctions at Bowser Brewing Co., admire the masterpieces at C. M. Russell Museum, and trek along River's Edge Trail.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Great Falls day trip app .

Traveling by car from Red Lodge to Great Falls takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. When traveling from Red Lodge in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Great Falls, with highs around 38°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Helena.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Teton Pass Ski Area, Showdown Ski Area
Highlights from your plan
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park
C. M. Russell Museum ©
C. M. Russell Museum

5
days
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cathedral of St. Helena and Montana State Capitol. Spend the 12th (Fri) exploring nature at Gates of the Mountains. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Montana Historical Society, get a taste of the local shopping with Archie Bray Foundation, admire the landmark architecture of Original Governor's Mansion, and sample the tasty concoctions at Lewis & Clark Brewing Company.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Helena road trip website .

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Helena takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Helena are 35°F, while nighttime lows are 16°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Anaconda.

Things to do in Helena

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena
Montana Historical Society
Montana Historical Society

4
days
Anaconda

Anaconda
Anaconda, county seat of Anaconda-Deer Lodge County, which has a consolidated city-county government, is located in southwestern Montana of the United States. Step off the beaten path and head to Discovery Ski Area and World Museum of Mining. Change things up with these side-trips from Anaconda: Butte (MBMG Mineral Museum, Headframe Spirits, & more), Deer Lodge (Grant-Kohrs Ranch & Old Montana Prison Museum) and Philipsburg (The Sweet Palace, Philipsburg Brewing Company, & more).

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Anaconda trip planning site .

Getting from Helena to Anaconda by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Helena in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Anaconda, with lows around 9°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Anaconda

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trips

Butte, Philipsburg, Deer Lodge
Highlights from your plan
Discovery Ski Area
Discovery Ski Area
World Museum of Mining
World Museum of Mining
Philipsburg Brewing Company
Philipsburg Brewing Company

5
days
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at A Carousel for Missoula and Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Missoula: Daly Mansion (in Hamilton), US-12 (in Lolo) and Blacksmith Brewing Company (in Stevensville). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, admire the masterpieces at Missoula Art Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Fort Missoula Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Francis Xavier Church.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Missoula vacation tool .

Getting from Anaconda to Missoula by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Anaconda in January since evenings lows in Missoula dip to 19°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Moiese.

Things to do in Missoula

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Lolo, Blacksmith Brewing Company, Daly Mansion
Highlights from your plan
Garnet Ghost Town ©
Garnet Ghost Town
A Carousel for Missoula ©
A Carousel for Missoula
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation ©
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

2
days
Moiese

Moiese ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Miracle of America Museum and then explore the activities along Flathead Lake. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the history at St. Ignatius Mission and then look for all kinds of wild species at National Bison Range.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Moiese tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Missoula to Moiese takes an hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°F, and evening lows to 19°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Moiese

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Polson, St. Ignatius Mission
Highlights from your plan
National Bison Range ©
National Bison Range
Flathead Lake
Flathead Lake
Miracle of America Museum ©
Miracle of America Museum

6
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and Trail of the Cedars. Take a break from Glacier National Park with a short trip to Conrad Mansion in Kalispell, about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: stroll through Iceberg Lake Trail, admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls, trek along Highline Trail, and contemplate the waterfront views at Two Medicine Lake.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park trip planner .

Getting from Moiese to Glacier National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. In January in Glacier National Park, expect temperatures between 32°F during the day and 18°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Conrad Mansion
Highlights from your plan
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail
Swiftcurrent Lake ©
Swiftcurrent Lake
Conrad Mansion
Conrad Mansion

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