10 days in Montana Itinerary

10 days in Montana Itinerary

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10 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  10​h 30​min
1
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Missoula
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Bozeman
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 15​min
End: New York City

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Virginia Falls and Iceberg Lake Trail. You'll discover tucked-away gems like St. Mary Lake and St.Mary Falls. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, explore the striking landscape at Jackson Glacier Overlook, contemplate the waterfront views at McDonald Creek, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Trail of the Cedars.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Glacier National Park day trip tool .

New York City to Glacier National Park is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Glacier National Park is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in September, expect nights in Glacier National Park to be much colder, around 40°F, while days are little chillier, around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail
Highline Trail ©
Highline Trail

1
night
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): get a new perspective on nature at Fort Missoula Museum, then examine the collection at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center, then identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Francis Xavier Church.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Missoula online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Missoula takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in September, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Missoula

Museums Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation ©
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Fort Missoula Museum ©
Fort Missoula Museum
St. Francis Xavier Church ©
St. Francis Xavier Church

1
night
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. On the 2nd (Wed), get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol, look for gifts at The Parrot Confectionery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Helena, then get engrossed in the history at Montana Historical Society Museum, and finally explore the striking landscape of Gates of the Mountains.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Helena tour planning app .

You can drive from Missoula to Helena in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in October, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Helena

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Earthquake Lake, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Yellowstone Historic Center. Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our West Yellowstone online visit planner .

Getting from Helena to West Yellowstone by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Helena in October, with highs in West Yellowstone at 50°F and lows at 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

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

2
nights
Bozeman

Bozeman ©
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Palisade Falls, then see the interesting displays at American Computer Museum, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Montana Grizzly Encounter. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Bozeman trip itinerary planner.

Getting from West Yellowstone to Bozeman by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from West Yellowstone in October, expect nights in Bozeman to be about the same, around 30°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
Palisade Falls ©
Palisade Falls
American Computer & Robotics Museum ©
River Rafting & Tubing

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