10 days in Montana Itinerary

10 days in Montana Itinerary

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10 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Tampa
Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
1
Polson
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Glacier National Park
— 2 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
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Tampa

1
night
Polson

Polson ©
Polson is a city in Lake County, Montana, United States, on the southern shore of Flathead Lake. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): sample the tasty concoctions at Glacier Brewing Company.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Polson trip planner .

Tampa to Polson is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Tampa to Polson, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, Polson is colder than Tampa - with highs of 70°F and lows of 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Polson

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

National Bison Range
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National Bison Range ©
National Bison Range
Sacajawea Park ©
Sacajawea Park
Glacier Brewing Company ©
Glacier Brewing Company

2
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.
On the 11th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Highline Trail, then admire the sheer force of St.Mary Falls, and then cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): trek along Trail of the Cedars, then take in the dramatic natural features at Jackson Glacier Overlook, and then trek along Iceberg Lake Trail.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park travel planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Polson to Glacier National Park. In September in Glacier National Park, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Highline Trail ©
Highline Trail
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail
Trail of the Cedars ©
Trail of the Cedars

1
night
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): admire all the interesting features of First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, then hike along River's Edge Trail, and then admire the majestic nature at Giant Springs State Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Great Falls journey maker app .

Getting from Glacier National Park to Great Falls by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trip

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
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Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park
River's Edge Trail ©
River's Edge Trail
First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park ©

1
night
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Helena, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gates of the Mountains, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Helena.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Helena trip planner .

Getting from Great Falls to Helena by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Helena are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Helena

Parks Nature Trails
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Mount Helena ©
Mount Helena
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena

3
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fishing Charters & Tours and Earthquake Lake. Get outdoors at Ousel Falls Trail and Horseback Riding Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Big Sky Resort in Big Sky (about 1h 25 min away). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, look for gifts at Eagle's Store, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the West Yellowstone trip planner .

You can drive from Helena to West Yellowstone in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Helena in September: high temperatures in West Yellowstone hover around 64°F and lows are around 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Big Sky
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Earthquake Lake ©
Earthquake Lake
Fishing Charters & Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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