12 days in Southwest Montana Itinerary

12 days in Southwest Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southwest Montana sightseeing planner

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Helena
— 3 nights
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Butte
— 3 nights
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Dillon
— 3 nights
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Philipsburg
— 2 nights

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Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Attractions like Cathedral of St. Helena and Reeder's Alley make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol, view the masterpieces at Archie Bray Foundation, explore the striking landscape of Gates of the Mountains, and hike along Mount Helena.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Helena online vacation planner.

Washington DC to Helena is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Helena is minus 2 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Washington DC in October: high temperatures in Helena hover around 60°F and lows are around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Butte.

Things to do in Helena

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena
Great Northern Carousel ©
Great Northern Carousel
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains

3
nights
Butte

Butte ©
Butte is a city in, and the county seat of Silver Bow County, Montana, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Butte: Deer Lodge (Yesterday's Playthings, Powell County Museum & Arts Foundation, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of World Museum of Mining, take in nature's colorful creations at Old Lexington Stamp Mill and Gardens, examine the collection at MBMG Mineral Museum, and take in panoramic vistas at Granite Mountain Memorial Overlook.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Butte route app.

Getting from Helena to Butte by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Helena in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 28°F in Butte. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Dillon.

Things to do in Butte

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
World Museum of Mining ©
World Museum of Mining
Berkeley Pit ©
Berkeley Pit
MBMG Mineral Museum ©
MBMG Mineral Museum

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Dillon

Dillon ©
Dillon is a city in and the county seat of Beaverhead County, Montana, United States. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Crystal Park and Elkhorn Hot Springs. Venture out of the city with trips to Virginia City (Virginia City National Historic Landmark & J.Spencer Watkins Memorial Museum). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bannack State Park, admire the majestic nature at Clark's Lookout State Park, examine the collection at Beaverhead County Museum, and look for gifts at The Bookstore.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Dillon visit planner.

You can drive from Butte to Dillon in 1.5 hours. October in Dillon sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 33°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Philipsburg.

Things to do in Dillon

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Bannack State Park ©
Bannack State Park
Crystal Park ©
Crystal Park
Elkhorn Hot Springs ©
Elkhorn Hot Springs

2
nights
Philipsburg

Philipsburg ©
Philipsburg is a town in and the county seat of Granite County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): walk around Winninghoff Park, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine, then look for gifts at The Sweet Palace, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Philipsburg Brewing Company.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Philipsburg online trip planner.

Getting from Dillon to Philipsburg by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Philipsburg when traveling from Dillon in October, with lows around 28°F. On the 13th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Philipsburg

Shopping · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
The Sweet Palace ©
The Sweet Palace
Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine ©
Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine
Philipsburg Brewing Company ©
Philipsburg Brewing Company