12 days in Montana Itinerary

12 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana planner

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Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
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Missoula
— 2 nights
Drive
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Helena
— 2 nights
Drive
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Big Sky
— 2 nights
Drive
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Billings
— 2 nights
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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.
Siyeh Pass has been added to your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Iceberg Lake Trail and St.Mary Falls. Discover out-of-the-way places like Swiftcurrent Falls and Virginia Falls. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at McDonald Creek, take some stellar pictures from Jackson Glacier Overlook, and admire the sheer force of Baring Falls.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Glacier National Park journey planner.

New York City to Glacier National Park is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Glacier National Park is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in August, plan for cooler nights in Glacier National Park, with lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Missoula.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Missoula

— 2 nights
Missoula is a city in the U.S. You've now added Blackfoot River Outfitters to your itinerary. On the 24th (Mon), examine the collection at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center, have fun at Dragon Hollow Play Area, and then stroll around Caras Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, then find something for the whole family at A Carousel for Missoula, and then get interesting insight from Blackfoot River Outfitters.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Missoula trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Glacier National Park to Missoula in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. August in Missoula sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Helena.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks · Wildlife · Fun & Games · Theme Parks

Helena

— 2 nights
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. On the 26th (Wed), trek along Mount Helena, then explore the engaging exhibits at ExplorationWorks, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gates of the Mountains. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Helena, get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Ten Mile Creek Brewery.

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You can drive from Missoula to Helena in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Big Sky.

Things to do in Helena

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

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 28th (Fri): trek along Ousel Falls Trail, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lone Peak, and then trot along with a tour on horseback. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Spirit of the North Sled Dog Adventures, then stroll through Beehive Basin Trail, and then head outdoors with Grizzly Outfitters Ski & Backcountry Sports.

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Drive from Helena to Big Sky in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. In August, Big Sky is little chillier than Helena - with highs of 75°F and lows of 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Billings.

Things to do in Big Sky

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Billings

— 2 nights
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. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Pompeys Pillar National Monument, see the interesting displays at Moss Mansion, then explore the striking landscape at The Rimrocks, and finally stop by Scheels.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Billings online trip builder.

Drive from Big Sky to Billings in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. When traveling from Big Sky in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Billings, with highs around 85°F, while nights are much hotter with lows around 58°F. On the 31st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Billings

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.