12 days in Montana Itinerary

12 days in Montana Itinerary

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12 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Bozeman
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Great Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Whitefish
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles

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 30th (Tue), explore the landscape on two wheels at Middle Cottonwood Trailhead.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Bozeman trip planner .

Los Angeles to Bozeman is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Bozeman, with lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Palisade Falls ©
Palisade Falls
Fishing Charters & Tours
Bozeman Spirits Distillery ©
Bozeman Spirits Distillery

2
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
On the 1st (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Earthquake Lake, get your game on at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos, then identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Yellowstone Historic Center. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the West Yellowstone road trip planning website .

You can drive from Bozeman to West Yellowstone in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Bozeman in July, expect West Yellowstone to be slightly colder, temps between 77°F and 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Helena.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

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

1
night
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): hike along MacDonald Pass, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lewis & Clark Brewing Company, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Gates of the Mountains.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Helena trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Helena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from West Yellowstone in August: high temperatures in Helena hover around 86°F and lows are around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Great Falls.

Things to do in Helena

Parks Breweries & Distilleries Trails
Highlights from your plan
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
MacDonald Pass ©
MacDonald Pass

1
night
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. On the 4th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Giant Springs State Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and then admire the masterpieces at C.M. Russell Museum.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Great Falls road trip site .

Drive from Helena to Great Falls in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Great Falls

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

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Fishercap Lake and Lake McDonald. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Virginia Falls and Goat Lick Overlook. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Avalanche Lake, stroll through Iceberg Lake Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Jackson Glacier Overlook, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden Wall.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Glacier National Park road trip website .

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Glacier National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Glacier National Park are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Whitefish.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail
Avalanche Lake ©
Avalanche Lake
Virginia Falls ©
Virginia Falls

3
nights
Whitefish

Whitefish ©
Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. On the 8th (Thu), get a taste of the local shopping with Eric Thorsen Art Studio, head outdoors with Wild Trout Adventures, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Great Northern Mountain, then make a trip to Whitefish Depot, then do a tasting at Mission Mountain Winery, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Great Northern Brewing Company.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Whitefish attractions planner.

You can drive from Glacier National Park to Whitefish in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In August, daytime highs in Whitefish are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. On the 10th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Whitefish

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Bigfork, Mission Mountain Winery
Highlights from your plan
Wild Trout Adventures ©
Wild Trout Adventures
Whitefish Lake Golf Club ©
Whitefish Lake Golf Club
Great Northern Brewing Company ©
Great Northern Brewing Company

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