12 days in Montana Itinerary

12 days in Montana Itinerary

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12 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Bus + Fly + Shuttle:  10​h
1
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Cooke City
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Helena
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Great Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Whitefish
— 3 nights
Fly + Foot:  9​h 45​min
End: New York City

2
nights
West Yellowstone

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, stop by Eagle's Store, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Yellowstone Historic Center.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the West Yellowstone trip itinerary maker site .

New York City to West Yellowstone is an approximately 10-hour combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to West Yellowstone. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from New York City in December, with highs in West Yellowstone at 21°F and lows at -1°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cooke City.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Earthquake Lake ©
Earthquake Lake

1
night
Cooke City

Cooke City ©
Cooke City-Silver Gate is a census-designated place (CDP) in Park County, Montana, United States. On the 25th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Cooke City Montana Museum, learn more about the world around you at Yellowstone Trading Post, then cruise along Beartooth Hwy, and finally cruise along Beartooth Highway.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Cooke City holiday planner.

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Cooke City in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 23°F in December, and nighttime lows around 3°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Helena.

Things to do in Cooke City

Outdoors Scenic Drive Museums

Side Trip

Beartooth Hwy
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Cooke City Montana Museum ©
Cooke City Montana Museum
Yellowstone Trading Post ©
Yellowstone Trading Post

2
nights
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. On the 26th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Gates of the Mountains, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Helena, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Helena. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lewis & Clark Brewing Company, then get engrossed in the history at Montana Historical Society Museum, and finally stop by The Parrot Confectionery.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Helena sightseeing website .

Getting from Cooke City to Helena by car takes about 4.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Cooke City in December, with highs in Helena at 31°F and lows at 13°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Great Falls.

Things to do in Helena

Parks Nature Trails
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Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena
Mount Helena ©
Mount Helena

1
night
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 28th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, then look for all kinds of wild species at Giant Springs State Park, and then explore the world behind art at C.M. Russell Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Great Falls day trip planning website .

Drive from Helena to Great Falls in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Great Falls are 32°F, while nighttime lows are 14°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Great Falls

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park
C.M. Russell Museum ©
C.M. Russell Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier, trek along Highline Trail, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden Wall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Glacier National Park driving holiday site .

Drive from Great Falls to Glacier National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car. December in Glacier National Park sees daily highs of 29°F and lows of 16°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Whitefish.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Highline Trail ©
Highline Trail

3
nights
Whitefish

Whitefish ©
Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at City Beach, play a few rounds at Whitefish Lake Golf Club, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Conrad Mansion, do a tasting at Mission Mountain Winery, then sample the tasty concoctions at Great Northern Brewing Company, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Bonsai Brewing Project.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Whitefish online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Whitefish takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 29°F, and evening lows to 16°F. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Whitefish

Parks Outdoors Golf

Side Trips

Conrad Mansion, Mission Mountain Winery
Highlights from your plan
Whitefish Lake Golf Club ©
Whitefish Lake Golf Club
Conrad Mansion ©
Conrad Mansion
Great Northern Brewing Company ©
Great Northern Brewing Company

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