12 days in Montana Itinerary

12 days in Montana Itinerary

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12 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Billings
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Bozeman
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
West Yellowstone
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Great Falls
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Whitefish
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Minneapolis

1
night
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. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): look for gifts at Scheels, learn about winemaking at Yellowstone Cellars & Winery, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Canyon Creek Brewing. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Toucan Gallery, explore the world behind art at Yellowstone Art Museum, then have fun and explore at Wise Wonders Children's Museum, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Angry Hank's Microbrewery.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Billings driving holiday app .

Minneapolis to Billings is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Minneapolis to Billings due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Minneapolis in March: highs in Billings hover around 50°F, while lows dip to 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in Billings

Museums Breweries & Distilleries Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Wise Wonders Children's Museum ©
Wise Wonders Children's Museum
Yellowstone Cellars & Winery ©
Yellowstone Cellars & Winery
Yellowstone Art Museum ©
Yellowstone Art Museum

1
night
Bozeman

Bozeman ©
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. On the 22nd (Fri), learn more about the world around you at Museum of the Rockies, then take an in-depth tour of American Computer Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Bozeman, and finally sample the fine beverages at Bozeman Spirits Distillery.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Bozeman trip planner .

Getting from Billings to Bozeman by car takes about 2.5 hours. In March in Bozeman, expect temperatures between 49°F during the day and 24°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Bozeman

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies
American Computer & Robotics Museum ©
Downtown Bozeman ©
Downtown Bozeman

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 23rd (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, get to know the fascinating history of Yellowstone Historic Center, and then take in the awesome beauty at Two Top.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the West Yellowstone online day trip planner .

Drive from Bozeman to West Yellowstone in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Bozeman in March, things will get little chillier in West Yellowstone: highs are around 37°F and lows about 17°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Yellowstone Historic Center ©
Yellowstone Historic Center

2
nights
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): examine the collection at C.M. Russell Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and then tee off at Valley View Garden Golf. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Ann Cathedral, then tee off at Meadow Lark Country Club, and then admire all the interesting features of First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Great Falls trip planning tool .

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Great Falls in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In March, Great Falls is a bit warmer than West Yellowstone - with highs of 48°F and lows of 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Great Falls

Golf Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
Highlights from your plan
Valley View Garden Golf ©
Valley View Garden Golf
First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park ©
C.M. Russell Museum ©
C.M. Russell Museum

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.
Get outdoors at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and Going-to-the-Sun Road. Spend the 28th (Thu) exploring nature at Red Rock Falls, Glacier National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along McDonald Creek, explore the striking landscape at Jackson Glacier Overlook, and get to know the fascinating history of Garden Wall.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park driving holiday app .

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Glacier National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car. In March, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Whitefish.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road
Red Rock Falls, Glacier National Park ©

3
nights
Whitefish

Whitefish ©
Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): tee off at Village Greens Golf Course, do a tasting at Mission Mountain Winery, and then sample the fine beverages at Spotted Bear Spirits. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sat): tee off at Whitefish Lake Golf Club, then kick back and relax at City Beach, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Bonsai Brewing Project.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Whitefish trip website .

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Whitefish takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In March in Whitefish, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 25°F at night. On the 31st (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Whitefish

Outdoors Golf Parks

Side Trips

Mission Mountain Winery, Village Greens Golf Course
Highlights from your plan
Whitefish Lake Golf Club ©
Whitefish Lake Golf Club
City Beach ©
City Beach
Mission Mountain Winery ©
Mission Mountain Winery

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