12 days in Montana Itinerary

12 days in Montana Itinerary

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Billings
— 1 night
2
Big Sky
— 2 nights
3
Helena
— 2 nights
4
Missoula
— 3 nights
5
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights

1
night
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. Find out how to plan Billings trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Louisville to Billings is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Louisville to Billings, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Billings when traveling from Louisville in July, with lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Big Sky.

Things to do in Billings

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Pompeys Pillar National Monument, Custer Battlefield Trading Company
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Custer Battlefield Trading Company ©
Custer Battlefield Trading Company
Pompeys Pillar National Monument ©
Pompeys Pillar National Monument

2
nights
Big Sky

Big Sky ©
Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): stroll through Ousel Falls Trail, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lone Peak, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Spirit of the North Sled Dog Adventures, then trek along Beehive Basin Trail, and then head outdoors with Grizzly Outfitters Ski & Backcountry Sports.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Big Sky road trip planner.

You can drive from Billings to Big Sky in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Billings in July: highs in Big Sky hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Big Sky

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Spirit of the North Sled Dog Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Lone Peak ©
Lone Peak
Grizzly Outfitters Ski & Backcountry Sports ©
Horseback Riding Tours

2
nights
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of St. Helena, explore the engaging exhibits at ExplorationWorks, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gates of the Mountains. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Montana Historical Society Museum, then get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Ten Mile Creek Brewery.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Helena trip planner.

Drive from Big Sky to Helena in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. In July, Helena is somewhat warmer than Big Sky - with highs of 89°F and lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Helena

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Ten Mile Creek Brewery ©
Ten Mile Creek Brewery

3
nights
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. Step off the beaten path and head to Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Explore Missoula's surroundings by going to Philipsburg Brewing Company (in Philipsburg) and Deer Lodge (Old Montana Prison Complex & Grant-Kohrs Ranch). The adventure continues: stroll around Caras Park, get in on the family fun at A Carousel for Missoula, sample the tasty concoctions at Big Sky Brewing, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Missoula trip planning tool.

You can drive from Helena to Missoula in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks · Wildlife · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Deer Lodge, Philipsburg Brewing Company
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation ©
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Grant-Kohrs Ranch ©
Grant-Kohrs Ranch
Old Montana Prison Complex ©
Old Montana Prison Complex

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at St.Mary Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Baring Falls. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Jackson Glacier Overlook, hike along Highline Trail, and then get to know the fascinating history of Garden Wall.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park trip builder.

Traveling by car from Missoula to Glacier National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In July in Glacier National Park, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Virginia Falls ©
Virginia Falls
Highline Trail ©
Highline Trail
St.Mary Falls ©
St.Mary Falls

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