12 days in Montana Itinerary

12 days in Montana Itinerary

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12 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Nashville
Fly:  7​h
1
Billings
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
West Yellowstone
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Missoula
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Whitefish
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Great Falls
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Nashville

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. On the 7th (Mon), look for gifts at Scheels and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Yellowstone Valley Brewing Company.

Plan my day in Billings using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Nashville to Billings is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Billings due to the time zone difference. In October, Billings is little chillier than Nashville - with highs of 61°F and lows of 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Billings

Breweries & Distilleries Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Pompeys Pillar National Monument
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Thirsty Street Brewing Company ©
Thirsty Street Brewing Company
Pompeys Pillar National Monument ©
Pompeys Pillar National Monument
Yellowstone Cellars & Winery ©
Yellowstone Cellars & Winery

1
night
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Yellowstone Historic Center, then identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the West Yellowstone trip planner .

You can drive from Billings to West Yellowstone in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Billings in October: high temperatures in West Yellowstone hover around 50°F and lows are around 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Missoula.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Fishing Charters & Tours
Yellowstone Historic Center ©
Yellowstone Historic Center

1
night
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. On the 10th (Thu), indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lolo Peak Brewing, stop by Grizzly Hackle Fly Shop, sample the fine beverages at Montgomery Distillery, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Big Sky Brewing, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Imagine Nation Brewing Co.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Missoula sightseeing planner.

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Missoula in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from West Yellowstone in October; daily highs in Missoula reach 58°F and lows reach 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Whitefish.

Things to do in Missoula

Breweries & Distilleries Shopping

Side Trip

Lolo Peak Brewing
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Imagine Nation Brewing Co ©
Imagine Nation Brewing Co
Big Sky Brewing ©
Big Sky Brewing
Montgomery Distillery ©
Montgomery Distillery

3
nights
Whitefish

Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Visiting Whitefish Lake Golf Club and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Whitefish: Mission Mountain Winery (in Dayton) and Whistling Andy (in Bigfork). There's still lots to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Glacier Distilling Company, steep yourself in history at Conrad Mansion, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and sample the tasty concoctions at Bonsai Brewing Project.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Whitefish trip planner.

Traveling by car from Missoula to Whitefish takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In October in Whitefish, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 31°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Whitefish

Breweries & Distilleries Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Conrad Mansion, Glacier Distilling Company, Whistling Andy, Mission Mountain Winery
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River Rafting & Tubing
Glacier Distilling Company ©
Glacier Distilling Company
Whitefish Lake Golf Club ©
Whitefish Lake 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and Highline Trail. There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at Going-to-the-Sun Road, take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier, appreciate the views at Logan Pass, and trek along Iceberg Lake Trail.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park vacation site .

You can drive from Whitefish to Glacier National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In October, daily temperatures in Glacier National Park can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

2
nights
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 17th (Thu): play a few rounds at Meadow Lark Country Club, listen to music at Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Bowser Brewing Company.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Great Falls online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Glacier National Park to Great Falls by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. October in Great Falls sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 35°F at night. On the 18th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Great Falls

Outdoors Golf Nature
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Meadow Lark Country Club ©
Meadow Lark Country Club
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park

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