10 days in Montana Itinerary

10 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana travel route maker

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Make it your trip
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Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Missoula
— 2 nights
Drive
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Helena
— 2 nights
Drive
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Great Falls
— 1 night
Drive
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Big Sky
— 2 nights
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Glacier National Park

— 2 nights

Crown of the Continent

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Iceberg Lake Trail and Virginia Falls. Take a break from the city and head to Swiftcurrent Falls and Iceberg Lake. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Fishercap Lake, take some stellar pictures from Jackson Glacier Overlook, and take in the dramatic scenery at Baring Falls.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park trip planner.

Denver to Glacier National Park is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Denver in July, Glacier National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Missoula

— 2 nights
Missoula is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. On the 14th (Wed), see what you can catch with a fishing tour, walk around Caras Park, and then find something for the whole family at A Carousel for Missoula. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, see the interesting displays at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center, and then look for all kinds of wild species at National Bison Range.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Missoula trip planner.

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Missoula takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Missoula

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Helena

— 2 nights
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County. Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take a tour by water with Montana Fishing Outfitters and then stroll through Mount Helena. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: ponder the world of politics at Montana State Capitol, then get engrossed in the history at Montana Historical Society Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Helena.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Helena attractions planner.

Getting from Missoula to Helena by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July in Helena, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Helena

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Nature

Great Falls

— 1 night
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at C.M. Russell Museum, trek along River's Edge Trail, and then identify plant and animal life at Giant Springs State Park.

For reviews and tourist information, refer to the Great Falls journey planning app.

Traveling by car from Helena to Great Falls takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Big Sky.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

Big Sky

— 2 nights
Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Soldiers Chapel, hike along Beehive Basin Trail, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Lone Peak. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ousel Falls Trail, trot along with a tour on horseback, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Big Sky travel route planner.

Drive from Great Falls to Big Sky in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and shuttle. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Great Falls in July; daily highs in Big Sky reach 77°F and lows reach 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Big Sky

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Montana travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Wildlife Areas
The Crown of the Continent
With a population of only one million, Montana remains an untouched natural paradise of snowcapped peaks, expansive forests, and alpine lakes, dotted with Old West ghost towns, Indian reservations, and progressive urban communities. Appreciate the state's unique charm and beauty with a trip to Glacier National Park, where you can come face-to-face with Montana wildlife among its high peaks. Head to the state's largest cities, Billings and Missoula, for an array of historical attractions and cultural sightseeing.