12 days in Montana Itinerary

12 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana trip planner

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Bozeman
— 1 day
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Big Sky
— 2 nights
Drive
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Helena
— 2 nights
Drive
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Great Falls
— 1 night
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Glacier National Park
— 4 nights
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Whitefish
— 2 nights
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Bozeman

— 1 day
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. On the 10th (Sat), look for gifts at The Last Wind-Up, then trek along Middle Cottonwood Trailhead, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Bozeman road trip tool.

Atlanta to Bozeman is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Atlanta to Bozeman is minus 2 hours. Expect colder evenings in Bozeman when traveling from Atlanta in July, with lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Big Sky.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Trails

Big Sky

— 2 nights
Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. On the 11th (Sun), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lone Peak, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then explore the different monuments and memorials at The Soldiers Chapel, and finally don't miss a visit to Big Sky Chapel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): hike along Beehive Basin Trail, hike along Spirit of the North Sled Dog Adventures, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Big Sky sightseeing planning site.

Getting from Bozeman to Big Sky by car takes about an hour. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Bozeman in July; daily highs in Big Sky reach 77°F and lows reach 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Big Sky

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Side Trip

Helena

— 2 nights
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. On the 13th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Helena, then admire the landmark architecture of Original Governor's Mansion, and then immerse yourself in nature at Spring Meadow Lake State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): immerse yourself in nature at Black Sandy State Park, then explore the activities along Missouri River, and then explore the activities along Hauser Lake.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Helena trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Big Sky to Helena takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Big Sky in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Helena: highs are around 89°F and lows about 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Great Falls.

Things to do in Helena

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Great Falls

— 1 night
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Ann Cathedral, then cool off at Electric City Water Park, then play a few rounds at Valley View Garden Golf, and finally take an in-depth tour of Ursuline Centre.

For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Great Falls trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Helena to Great Falls takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Great Falls, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Great Falls

Golf · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Glacier National Park

— 4 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at St.Mary Falls and Cracker Lake Hike. Step out of the city life by going to Going-to-the-Sun Road and Fishercap Lake. There's lots more to do: trek along Granite Park Trail, admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Bullhead Lake, and admire the verdant scenery at Logan Pass.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Glacier National Park tour itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Glacier National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in July, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Whitefish.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Whitefish

— 2 nights
Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): trek along The Whitefish Trail, explore the landscape on two wheels at Whitefish River Trail, then make a trip to Dick Idol Signature Gallery, then stroll through Great Northern Mountain, and finally make a trip to Whitefish Depot. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Matthew's Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of First Presbyterian Church, and then take in the exciting artwork at The Purple Pomegranate.

Start your trip to Whitefish by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Whitefish takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in July, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Whitefish

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Historic Sites

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Montana travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Wildlife Areas
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.