12 days in Montana Itinerary

12 days in Montana Itinerary

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

— 1 night
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. To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Billings sightseeing website.

Louisville to Billings is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Louisville to Billings. Traveling from Louisville in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Billings, with lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sky.

Things to do in Billings

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Big Sky

— 2 nights
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 · Nature

Side Trip

Helena

— 2 nights
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County. 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 · Nature · Historic Sites

Missoula

— 3 nights
Missoula is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. Step off the beaten path and head to Old Montana Prison Complex and Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center. Visiting Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Fishing Charters & Tours will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Missoula side-trips: Philipsburg Brewing Company (in Philipsburg) and Grant-Kohrs Ranch (in Deer Lodge). There's much more to do: stroll around Caras Park, sample the tasty concoctions at Big Sky Brewing, and get in on the family fun at A Carousel for Missoula.

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You can drive from Helena to Missoula in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in July, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks · Wildlife · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums

Side Trips

Glacier National Park

— 3 nights

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.
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 fly back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Historic Sites

Montana travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Nature & Parks
The Crown of the Continent
With a population of only one million, Montana remains an untouched natural paradise of snowcapped peaks, expansive forests, and alpine lakes, dotted with Old West ghost towns, Indian reservations, and progressive urban communities. Appreciate the state's unique charm and beauty with a trip to Glacier National Park, where you can come face-to-face with Montana wildlife among its high peaks. Head to the state's largest cities, Billings and Missoula, for an array of historical attractions and cultural sightseeing.