13 days in Montana Itinerary

13 days in Montana Itinerary

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13 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h 45​min
1
Saint Ignatius
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Great Falls
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Helena
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Dillon
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Big Sky
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Red Lodge
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Bozeman
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 15​min
End: New York City

1
night
Saint Ignatius

Saint Ignatius ©
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New York City to Saint Ignatius is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Saint Ignatius is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in April, Saint Ignatius is slightly colder at night with lows of 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Great Falls.

Things to do in Saint Ignatius

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

National Bison Range, Garden of One Thousand Buddhas, Natural Pier Bridge
Highlights from your plan
National Bison Range ©
National Bison Range
St. Ignatius Mission ©
St. Ignatius Mission
Garden of One Thousand Buddhas ©
Garden of One Thousand Buddhas

2
nights
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, then trek along River's Edge Trail, and then identify plant and animal life at Giant Springs State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of The History Museum, explore the world behind art at C.M. Russell Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Ann Cathedral, then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Spirit Catholic Parish, and finally get engrossed in the history at Ursuline Centre.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Great Falls trip planner .

Getting from Saint Ignatius to Great Falls by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in April, and nighttime lows around 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Helena.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
Highlights from your plan
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park
C.M. Russell Museum ©
C.M. Russell Museum
River's Edge Trail ©
River's Edge Trail

2
nights
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Gates of the Mountains, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Helena, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Helena. Here are some ideas for day two: get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol, then take an in-depth tour of Montana Historical Society Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Archie Bray Foundation, and finally hike along MacDonald Pass.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Helena day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Helena takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In April in Helena, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 33°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Dillon.

Things to do in Helena

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Mount Helena ©
Mount Helena
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena

1
night
Dillon

Dillon ©
Dillon is a city in and the county seat of Beaverhead County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Pioneer Mountain Wilderness Area, then get advice or help at Dillon Visitor Center, and then explore and take pictures at Bannack State Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Dillon trip planner .

Drive from Helena to Dillon in 2.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Dillon are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to Big Sky.

Things to do in Dillon

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Bannack State Park ©
Bannack State Park

2
nights
Big Sky

Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. On the 20th (Sat), cast your line with a fishing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Lone Peak, head outdoors with Grizzly Outfitters Ski & Backcountry Sports, and then hike along Ousel Falls Trail.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Big Sky trip planning tool .

Getting from Dillon to Big Sky by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Dillon in April; daily highs in Big Sky reach 44°F and lows reach 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Red Lodge.

Things to do in Big Sky

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours

1
night
Red Lodge

Red Lodge ©
Red Lodge is a city in and the county seat of Carbon County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary, then hit the slopes at Red Lodge Mountain, and then look for gifts at Babcock & Miles.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Red Lodge trip site .

You can drive from Big Sky to Red Lodge in 3.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Big Sky in April, with highs in Red Lodge at 53°F and lows at 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Bozeman.

Things to do in Red Lodge

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary
Red Lodge Mountain ©
Red Lodge Mountain
Babcock & Miles ©
Babcock & Miles

3
nights
Bozeman

Bozeman ©
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Bridger Bowl. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Children's Museum of Bozeman, get engrossed in the history at American Computer Museum, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Bozeman online route planner .

Traveling by car from Red Lodge to Bozeman takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in April, and nighttime lows around 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
American Computer & Robotics Museum ©
Fishing Charters & Tours
Montana Grizzly Encounter ©
Montana Grizzly Encounter

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