12 days in Montana Itinerary

12 days in Montana Itinerary

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12 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Tucson
Fly + Taxi:  8​h
1
Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Great Falls
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Bozeman
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Billings
— 2 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  6​h 15​min
End: Tucson

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls, admire the sheer force of St.Mary Falls, then take in the dramatic natural features at Jackson Glacier Overlook, and finally cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park vacation planner .

Tucson to Glacier National Park is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Tucson in July, you will find days in Glacier National Park are a bit cooler (85°F), and nights are cooler (49°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to Great Falls.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Virginia Falls ©
Virginia Falls
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail
Swiftcurrent Falls ©
Swiftcurrent Falls

2
nights
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 27th (Sat): examine the collection at C.M. Russell Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Ursuline Centre, then get to know the fascinating history of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and finally identify plant and animal life at Giant Springs State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, hike along River's Edge Trail, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Ann Cathedral, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Spirit Catholic Parish.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Great Falls day trip planning tool .

Getting from Glacier National Park to Great Falls by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, train, and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Great Falls can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Helena.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
Highlights from your plan
C.M. Russell Museum ©
C.M. Russell Museum
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park

1
night
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol, then take an in-depth tour of Montana Historical Society Museum, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Helena, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Helena.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Helena day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Helena takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Helena

Trails Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Montana Historical Society Museum ©
Montana Historical Society Museum
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena
Mount Helena ©
Mount Helena

2
nights
West Yellowstone

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): cast your line with a fishing tour, then browse the exhibits of Yellowstone Historic Center, and then identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. On the next day, get your game on at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then admire all the interesting features of Earthquake Lake.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the West Yellowstone visit planning site .

Getting from Helena to West Yellowstone by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Helena in July, with highs in West Yellowstone at 77°F and lows at 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can go by car to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Earthquake Lake ©
Earthquake Lake
Museum of the Yellowstone ©
Museum of the Yellowstone

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. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): admire the sheer force of Palisade Falls, get engrossed in the history at American Computer Museum, and then meet the residents at Montana Grizzly Encounter. On your second day here, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Bozeman trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Bozeman takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from West Yellowstone in July, expect Bozeman to be somewhat warmer, temps between 86°F and 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Billings.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Palisade Falls ©
Palisade Falls
American Computer & Robotics Museum ©
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
nights
Billings

Billings ©
Billings is the largest city in the state of Montana, and is the principal city of the Billings Metropolitan Area with a population of 166,855.Billings is located in the south-eastern portion of the state and is the seat of Yellowstone County, which had a 2015 population of 157,048. On the 3rd (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Yellowstone Art Museum, then see the interesting displays at Moss Mansion, then explore the striking landscape at The Rimrocks, and finally learn about winemaking at Yellowstone Cellars & Winery. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at Pompeys Pillar National Monument, identify plant and animal life at Four Dances Recreation Area, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Billings driving holiday planning app .

Getting from Bozeman to Billings by car takes about 2.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Bozeman in August since evenings lows in Billings dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Billings

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Pompeys Pillar National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Moss Mansion ©
Moss Mansion
Yellowstone Art Museum ©
Yellowstone Art Museum
Pompeys Pillar National Monument ©
Pompeys Pillar National Monument

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