12 days in Montana Itinerary

12 days in Montana Itinerary

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12 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Bozeman
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Big Sky
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
West Yellowstone
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Missoula
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Newark

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. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Bozeman and then sample the fine beverages at Bozeman Spirits Distillery.

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Newark to Bozeman is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Newark in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be colder in Bozeman, with lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Big Sky.

Things to do in Bozeman

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
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Downtown Bozeman ©
Downtown Bozeman
American Computer & Robotics Museum ©
Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies

2
nights
Big Sky

Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. On the 25th (Sun), hike along Beehive Basin Trail, then take in the awesome beauty at Lone Peak, and then head outdoors with Grizzly Outfitters Ski & Backcountry Sports. Keep things going the next day: get interesting insight from Tours.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Big Sky online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Bozeman to Big Sky in an hour. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Bozeman in August, with highs in Big Sky at 75°F and lows at 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Big Sky

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Fishing Charters & Tours

1
night
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 27th (Tue): see what you can catch with a fishing tour, appreciate the extensive heritage of Yellowstone Historic Center, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our West Yellowstone vacation builder tool .

You can drive from Big Sky to West Yellowstone in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. August in West Yellowstone sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Helena.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Yellowstone Historic Center ©
Yellowstone Historic Center
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center

1
night
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. On the 28th (Wed), get a taste of the local shopping with Archie Bray Foundation, admire the masterpieces at Holter Museum of Art, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Helena, then contemplate the long history of Original Governor's Mansion, and finally ponder the world of politics at Montana State Capitol.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Helena online sightseeing 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 August; daily highs in Helena reach 86°F and lows reach 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Helena

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena
Holter Museum of Art ©
Holter Museum of Art
Archie Bray Foundation ©
Archie Bray Foundation

2
nights
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. On the 29th (Thu), get a new perspective on nature at Montana Natural History Center, examine the collection at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center, then steep yourself in history at Travelers' Rest State Park, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Blue Mountain Trailhead (hike & bike).

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Missoula holiday builder tool .

Traveling by car from Helena to Missoula takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. In August, daytime highs in Missoula are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Travelers' Rest State Park
Highlights from your plan
Travelers' Rest State Park ©
Travelers' Rest State Park
Blue Mountain Trailhead (hike & bike) ©
Montana Natural History Center ©
Montana Natural History Center

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Jackson Glacier Overlook. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden Wall, then admire the verdant scenery at Logan Pass, and then cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Glacier National Park journey app .

You can drive from Missoula to Glacier National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In August in Glacier National Park, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 48°F at night. On the 2nd (Mon), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

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

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