12 days in Montana Itinerary

12 days in Montana Itinerary

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Missoula
— 2 nights
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Helena
— 3 nights
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West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
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Bozeman
— 4 nights
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Missoula

— 2 nights
Missoula is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Garnet Ghost Town and Garden of One Thousand Buddhas. Get in touch with nature at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Silver Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Ohrmann Museum & Gallery (in Drummond) and St. Ignatius Mission (in Saint Ignatius). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at A Carousel for Missoula, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and stroll around Jacob Island Dog Park.

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Lexington to Missoula is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Lexington to Missoula due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lexington in September, expect Missoula to be little chillier, temps between 72°F and 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Missoula

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Helena

— 3 nights
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County. Get some cultural insight at Cathedral of St. Helena and Grant-Kohrs Ranch. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Gates of the Mountains and Old Montana Prison Complex. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Montana Historical Society Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at Ten Mile Creek Brewery, and get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol.

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Traveling by car from Missoula to Helena takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Helena can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Helena

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

West Yellowstone

— 2 nights
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Yellowstone. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Earthquake Lake, find something for the whole family at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

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You can drive from Helena to West Yellowstone in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Helena in September, expect West Yellowstone to be slightly colder, temps between 64°F and 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Bozeman

— 4 nights
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Your inner history buff will appreciate Missouri Headwaters State Park and The Soldiers Chapel. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ousel Falls Trail and Fishing Charters & Tours. When in Bozeman, make a side trip to see Yellowstone Guidelines in Livingston, approximately Livingston away. The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Gallatin Canyon, get engrossed in the history at American Computer & Robotics Museum, and admire the sheer force of Palisade Falls.

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Drive from West Yellowstone to Bozeman in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from West Yellowstone in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Bozeman: highs are around 72°F and lows about 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Montana travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Nature & Parks
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.