12 days in Montana Itinerary

12 days in Montana Itinerary

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Missoula
— 1 night
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Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
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Great Falls
— 1 night
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Helena
— 1 night
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West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
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Bozeman
— 2 nights

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Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, see a world frozen in time at Garnet Ghost Town, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Imagine Nation Brewing Co.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Missoula online tour planner.

New York City to Missoula is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Expect cooler evenings in Missoula when traveling from New York City in August, with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation ©
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Garnet Ghost Town ©
Garnet Ghost Town
Imagine Nation Brewing Co ©
Imagine Nation Brewing Co

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Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©

Crown of the Continent

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Highline Trail and St. Mary Lake. Discover out-of-the-way places like Iceberg Lake Trail and Running Eagle Falls. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Two Medicine Lake, get great views at Jackson Glacier Overlook, admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls, and trek along Goat Lick Overlook.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park attractions planner.

You can drive from Missoula to Glacier National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In August, daytime highs in Glacier National Park are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Highline Trail ©
Highline Trail
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail
Virginia Falls ©
Virginia Falls

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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 6th (Tue): trek along River's Edge Trail, then admire the majestic nature at Giant Springs State Park, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Great Falls online route planner.

Getting from Glacier National Park to Great Falls by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
River's Edge Trail ©
River's Edge Trail
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park

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Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. On the 7th (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of St. Helena, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Helena, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gates of the Mountains.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Helena route builder tool.

Getting from Great Falls to Helena by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Helena

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Mount Helena ©
Mount Helena

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West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Get outdoors at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and Earthquake Lake. Step off the beaten path and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Beehive Basin Trail. Change things up with a short trip to Big Sky Resort in Big Sky (about 1h 10 min away). There's lots more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Yellowstone.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our West Yellowstone trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Helena to West Yellowstone takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, West Yellowstone is slightly colder than Helena - with highs of 75°F and lows of 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Earthquake Lake ©
Earthquake Lake
Fishing Charters & Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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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 11th (Sun): take a memorable tour with Tours and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

Before you visit Bozeman, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from West Yellowstone to Bozeman by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from West Yellowstone in August, things will get a bit warmer in Bozeman: highs are around 84°F and lows about 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Palisade Falls ©
Palisade Falls
Horseback Riding Tours

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