13 days in Montana Itinerary

13 days in Montana Itinerary

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13 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
1
Glacier National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Great Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Helena
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Bozeman
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Chicago

4
nights
Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and Grinnell Lake Trail. Escape the urban bustle at Grinnell Glacier and Iceberg Lake. Spend the 9th (Thu) exploring nature at Red Rock Falls, Glacier National Park. The adventure continues: trek along Cracker Lake Hike, contemplate the waterfront views at McDonald Creek, and explore the striking landscape at Jackson Glacier Overlook.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park trip planner .

Chicago to Glacier National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Glacier National Park. Traveling from Chicago in May, Glacier National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Great Falls.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Red Rock Falls, Glacier National Park ©

1
night
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. On the 11th (Sat), see the interesting displays at C.M. Russell Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Ursuline Centre, then listen to music at Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and finally admire the majestic nature at Giant Springs State Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Great Falls day trip website .

Drive from Glacier National Park to Great Falls in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in May, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Helena.

Things to do in Great Falls

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park
C.M. Russell Museum ©
C.M. Russell Museum
Ursuline Centre ©
Ursuline Centre

2
nights
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Gates of the Mountains, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Helena, and then ponder the world of politics at Montana State Capitol. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Montana Historical Society Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Helena, and then get in on the family fun at Great Northern Carousel.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Helena trip builder app .

Drive from Great Falls to Helena in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. May in Helena sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 42°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Helena

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena
Mount Helena ©
Mount Helena

3
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Bring the kids along to Horseback Riding Tours and Ousel Falls Trail. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Big Sky Resort. The adventure continues: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, explore the activities along Earthquake Lake, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Yellowstone Historic Center.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the West Yellowstone online tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Helena to West Yellowstone in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Helena in May, things will get slightly colder in West Yellowstone: highs are around 57°F and lows about 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Big Sky
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Earthquake Lake ©
Earthquake Lake
Fishing Charters & Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Bozeman

Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. On the 17th (Fri), brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bozeman Spirits Distillery, then learn more about the world around you at Museum of the Rockies, and then explore the activities along Madison River. On your second day here, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Bozeman trip builder site .

Getting from West Yellowstone to Bozeman by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from West Yellowstone in May, expect Bozeman to be somewhat warmer, temps between 65°F and 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bozeman

Wildlife Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Fishing Charters & Tours, Madison River
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Madison River ©
Madison River
Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies

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