10 days in Montana Itinerary

10 days in Montana Itinerary

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10 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 30​min
1
Big Sky
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
West Glacier
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  9​h
End: Houston

1
night
Big Sky

Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. On the 2nd (Sun), get outside with Grizzly Outfitters Ski & Backcountry Sports.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Big Sky trip planner .

Houston to Big Sky is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Houston to Big Sky. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Houston in August: high temperatures in Big Sky hover around 75°F and lows are around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Big Sky

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Fishing Charters & Tours

1
night
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Helena National Forest and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lewis & Clark Brewing Company.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Helena route planning website .

Traveling by car from Big Sky to Helena takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Big Sky in August; daily highs in Helena reach 86°F and lows reach 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to West Glacier.

Things to do in Helena

Nature Parks Breweries & Distilleries
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Lewis & Clark Brewing Company ©
Lewis & Clark Brewing Company

3
nights
West Glacier

West Glacier ©
West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. Flathead Lake has been added to your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at City Beach and Swan River Nature Trail. Explore hidden gems such as The Whitefish Trail and Swan Lake. Explore West Glacier's surroundings by going to Whitefish (Bonsai Brewing Project, Sunti World Art Gallery, & more). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Depot Park and stop by Willow's HuckleberryLand.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the West Glacier trip builder app .

You can drive from Helena to West Glacier in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier evenings in West Glacier when traveling from Helena in August, with lows around 48°F. On the 8th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in West Glacier

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Whitefish, Bigfork, Flathead Lake, Willow's HuckleberryLand, Depot Park
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City Beach ©
City Beach
Depot Park ©
Depot Park
Sunti World Art Gallery ©
Sunti World Art Gallery

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.
You've now added Grinnell Lake Trail to your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Iceberg Lake and Apikuni Falls. Visiting Fishercap Lake and Bullhead Lake will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Swiftcurrent Pass Hike, contemplate the waterfront views at McDonald Creek, and take in the dramatic natural features at Jackson Glacier Overlook.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Glacier National Park travel itinerary planner .

Getting from West Glacier to Glacier National Park by car takes about an hour. In August, daily temperatures in Glacier National Park can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Fishercap Lake ©
Fishercap Lake
Iceberg Lake ©
Iceberg Lake
Grinnell Lake Trail ©
Grinnell Lake Trail

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