12 days in Montana Itinerary

12 days in Montana Itinerary

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12 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Miami
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
West Glacier
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Philipsburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Great Falls
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Billings
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
West Yellowstone
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Bozeman
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Miami

1
night
West Glacier

West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. On the 21st (Wed), look for gifts at Willow's HuckleberryLand, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Glacier Distilling Company, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): tee off at Glacier View Golf Club and then explore the activities along Hidden Lake.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the West Glacier travel route planner.

Miami to West Glacier is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Miami in August: highs in West Glacier hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in West Glacier

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Glacier Distilling Company, Willow's HuckleberryLand
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Glacier Distilling Company ©
Glacier Distilling Company
Glacier View Golf Club ©
Glacier View Golf Club

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.
Glacier Outfitters has been added to your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and Iceberg Lake Trail. The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, appreciate the views at Logan Pass, tour the pleasant surroundings at Highline Trail, and take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls.

To find out how to plan a trip to Glacier National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from West Glacier to Glacier National Park by car takes about an hour. In August, daily temperatures in Glacier National Park can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Philipsburg.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

2
nights
Philipsburg

Philipsburg ©
Philipsburg is a town in and the county seat of Granite County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Philipsburg Brewing Company, look for gifts at The Sweet Palace, examine the collection at Powell County Museum & Arts Foundation, then see the interesting displays at Yesterday's Playthings, then examine the collection at Old Montana Prison Complex, and finally get a taste of life in the country at Grant-Kohrs Ranch. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Granite County Museum, stroll through Winninghoff Park, then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Granite Ghost Town State Park, and finally explore and take pictures at Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine.

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Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Philipsburg takes 5.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Philipsburg can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Great Falls.

Things to do in Philipsburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Deer Lodge
Highlights from your plan
Old Montana Prison Complex ©
Old Montana Prison Complex
Grant-Kohrs Ranch ©
Grant-Kohrs Ranch
The Sweet Palace ©
The Sweet Palace

1
night
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. On the 28th (Wed), explore the world behind art at C.M. Russell Museum, immerse yourself in nature at Giant Springs State Park, then listen to music at Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and finally take an in-depth tour of Ursuline Centre.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Great Falls road trip site .

You can drive from Philipsburg to Great Falls in 3 hours. Traveling from Philipsburg in August, Great Falls is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Billings.

Things to do in Great Falls

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

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. Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): admire the majestic nature at Pictograph Cave State Park, take in the dramatic natural features at The Rimrocks, then learn about winemaking at Yellowstone Cellars & Winery, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Billings route maker app .

You can drive from Great Falls to Billings in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. Traveling from Great Falls in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Billings, with lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Billings

Nature Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Pictograph Cave State Park ©
Pictograph Cave State Park
Yellowstone Cellars & Winery ©
Yellowstone Cellars & Winery
Horseback Riding Tours

1
night
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
On the 30th (Fri), cruise along Firehole Canyon Drive, stroll through Purple Mountain Trail, and then identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our West Yellowstone day trip website .

You can drive from Billings to West Yellowstone in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Billings in August, expect nights in West Yellowstone to be cooler, around 37°F, while days are little chillier, around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park
Highlights from your plan
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Firehole Canyon Drive ©
Firehole Canyon Drive
Purple Mountain Trail ©
Purple Mountain Trail

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 31st (Sat), get curious at Museum of the Rockies, get engrossed in the history at American Computer Museum, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Bozeman route planning site .

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Bozeman in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from West Yellowstone in August, expect Bozeman to be somewhat warmer, temps between 84°F and 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bozeman

Museums Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
American Computer & Robotics Museum ©
Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies
River Rafting & Tubing

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