10 days in Montana Itinerary

10 days in Montana Itinerary

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10 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Whitefish
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Great Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Billings
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
End: Detroit

1
night
Whitefish

Whitefish ©
Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. On the 17th (Fri), sample the fine beverages at Glacier Distilling Company.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Whitefish fast, fun, and easy.

Detroit to Whitefish is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Detroit to Whitefish due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Detroit in May, Whitefish is little chillier at night with lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Whitefish

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Glacier Distilling Company
Highlights from your plan
City Beach ©
City Beach
Whitefish Lake Golf Club ©
Whitefish Lake Golf Club
Glacier Distilling Company ©
Glacier Distilling Company

3
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and Highline Trail. Get in touch with nature at Grinnell Glacier and McDonald Creek. There's lots more to do: trek along Iceberg Lake Trail, explore the striking landscape at Jackson Glacier Overlook, and explore the activities along Swiftcurrent Lake.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Glacier National Park tour website .

Drive from Whitefish to Glacier National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In May, daily temperatures in Glacier National Park can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Highline Trail ©
Highline Trail
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

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night
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. On the 22nd (Wed), get to know the fascinating history of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, immerse yourself in nature at Giant Springs State Park, and then admire the masterpieces at C.M. Russell Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Great Falls road trip tool .

You can drive from Glacier National Park to Great Falls in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, train, and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Great Falls

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
C.M. Russell Museum ©
C.M. Russell Museum
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park

1
night
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Gates of the Mountains, then get engrossed in the history at Montana Historical Society Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Helena, and finally steep yourself in history at Reeder's Alley.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Helena day trip planning tool .

Getting from Great Falls to Helena by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. In May, daily temperatures in Helena can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Helena

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

2
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): explore the galleries of Yellowstone Historic Center, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then steep yourself in history at Earthquake Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our West Yellowstone trip planner.

You can drive from Helena to West Yellowstone in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Traveling from Helena in May, things will get a bit cooler in West Yellowstone: highs are around 57°F and lows about 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Billings.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Earthquake Lake ©
Earthquake Lake
Fishing Charters & Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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night
Billings

Billings ©
Billings is the largest city in the state of Montana, and is the principal city of the Billings Metropolitan Area with a population of 166,855.Billings is located in the south-eastern portion of the state and is the seat of Yellowstone County, which had a 2015 population of 157,048. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Pictograph Cave State Park and then see the interesting displays at Moss Mansion.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Billings itinerary site .

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Billings in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of shuttle, taxi, and bus. In May, Billings is somewhat warmer than West Yellowstone - with highs of 67°F and lows of 45°F. On the 26th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Billings

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Pictograph Cave State Park ©
Pictograph Cave State Park
Moss Mansion ©
Moss Mansion

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