12 days in Montana Itinerary

12 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana holiday planner

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Bozeman
— 1 night
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West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
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Helena
— 1 night
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Great Falls
— 2 nights
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Glacier National Park
— 4 nights
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Bozeman

— 1 night
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 16th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Gallatin History Museum, then examine the collection at American Computer & Robotics Museum, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Palisade Falls and then get a dose of the wild on Yellowstone Guidelines.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Bozeman attractions planner.

Houston to Bozeman is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Houston to Bozeman, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Houston in September, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Bozeman: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 41°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Bozeman

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

West Yellowstone

— 3 nights
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Earthquake Lake and Museum of the Yellowstone. Visiting Ousel Falls Trail and Fishing Charters & Tours will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting West Yellowstone side-trips: Big Sky (Lone Peak & Nature & Wildlife Tours). There's still lots to do: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, tour the pleasant surroundings at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun.

Planning West Yellowstone trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Getting from Bozeman to West Yellowstone by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Bozeman in September, things will get little chillier in West Yellowstone: highs are around 64°F and lows about 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Helena.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Helena

— 1 night
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): stroll through Gates of the Mountains, then take an in-depth tour of Montana Historical Society Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Helena.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Helena online trip planner.

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Helena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from West Yellowstone in September; daily highs in Helena reach 73°F and lows reach 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Helena

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Great Falls

— 2 nights
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. On the 22nd (Wed), steep yourself in history at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, then get to know the fascinating history of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Giant Springs State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about all things military at Malmstrom Museum and Air Park, then hike along River's Edge Trail, then explore the world behind art at C.M. Russell Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Ursuline Centre.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Great Falls road trip planner.

You can drive from Helena to Great Falls in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Great Falls are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Glacier National Park

— 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Iceberg Lake Trail and Swiftcurrent Falls. Escape the urban bustle at Trail of the Cedars and St.Mary Falls. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls, appreciate the views at Logan Pass, take some stellar pictures from Jackson Glacier Overlook, and contemplate the waterfront views at St. Mary Lake.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Glacier National Park tour itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Glacier National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In September, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.