12 days in Montana Itinerary

12 days in Montana Itinerary

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12 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Sacramento
Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
1
Glacier National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Great Falls
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Cooke City
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
4
West Yellowstone
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Philipsburg
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h
End: Sacramento

5
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 outdoors at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and Iceberg Lake Trail. Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Going-to-the-Sun Road, admire the verdant scenery at Logan Pass, explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier, and explore the activities along Swiftcurrent Lake.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Glacier National Park trip planner .

Sacramento to Glacier National Park is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, subway, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Sacramento to Glacier National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, Glacier National Park is slightly colder than Sacramento - with highs of 70°F and lows of 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Virginia Falls ©
Virginia Falls
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

2
nights
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. On the 8th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park and then tee off at Valley View Garden Golf. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Ann Cathedral, then get to know the fascinating history of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and then admire the majestic nature at Giant Springs State Park.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Great Falls trip site .

Drive from Glacier National Park to Great Falls in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, train, and bus. In September, daytime highs in Great Falls are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Cooke City.

Things to do in Great Falls

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
Highlights from your plan
First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park
St. Ann Cathedral ©
St. Ann Cathedral

1
day
Cooke City

Cooke City ©
Cooke City-Silver Gate is a census-designated place (CDP) in Park County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): hike along Clarks Fork Trail, then take an in-depth tour of Cooke City Montana Museum, then stop by Sylvia's Sweet Shoppe, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Beartooth Hwy.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cooke City tour itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Cooke City takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Great Falls in September, things will get slightly colder in Cooke City: highs are around 60°F and lows about 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Cooke City

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Cooke City Montana Museum ©
Cooke City Montana Museum

1
night
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 11th (Wed): explore the activities along Earthquake Lake, then identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and then look for gifts at Eagle's Store.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our West Yellowstone trip itinerary app .

Getting from Cooke City to West Yellowstone by car takes about 5 hours. In September in West Yellowstone, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 32°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Philipsburg.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Earthquake Lake ©
Earthquake Lake
Eagle's Store ©
Eagle's Store

2
nights
Philipsburg

Philipsburg ©
Philipsburg is a town in and the county seat of Granite County, Montana, United States. On the 12th (Thu), shop like a local with Ohrmann Museum & Gallery, get engrossed in the history at Granite County Museum, then look for gifts at The Sweet Palace, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Philipsburg Brewing Company. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Powell County Museum & Arts Foundation, see the interesting displays at Yesterday's Playthings, then examine the collection at Old Montana Prison Complex, and finally steep yourself in history at Grant-Kohrs Ranch.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Philipsburg vacation planner.

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Philipsburg takes 4 hours. Traveling from West Yellowstone in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 38°F in Philipsburg. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Philipsburg

Museums Breweries & Distilleries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Deer Lodge, Ohrmann Museum & Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Ohrmann Museum & Gallery ©
Ohrmann Museum & Gallery
Grant-Kohrs Ranch ©
Grant-Kohrs Ranch
The Sweet Palace ©
The Sweet Palace

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