13 days in Montana Itinerary

13 days in Montana Itinerary

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13 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  10​h 30​min
1
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Great Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Missoula
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Dillon
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
West Yellowstone
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Bozeman
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Hardin
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10​h 15​min
End: New York City

3
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.
Get outdoors at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and Going-to-the-Sun Road. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier, trek along Iceberg Lake Trail, stroll through Highline Trail, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden Wall.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Glacier National Park trip planning app .

New York City to Glacier National Park is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Glacier National Park when traveling from New York City in May, with lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road

1
night
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. On the 17th (Fri), contemplate the long history of First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, then explore the world behind art at C.M. Russell Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Ann Cathedral, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Great Falls trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Glacier National Park to Great Falls in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car, train, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in May, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Missoula.

Things to do in Great Falls

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
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First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park ©
C.M. Russell Museum ©
C.M. Russell Museum
St. Ann Cathedral ©
St. Ann Cathedral

2
nights
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Missoula Art Museum, then examine the collection at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center, then take in the history at St. Ignatius Mission, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Garden of One Thousand Buddhas. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Blue Mountain Trailhead (hike & bike), then admire all the interesting features of Travelers' Rest State Park, then get engrossed in the history at Fort Missoula Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Francis Xavier Church.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Missoula trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Missoula takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Missoula can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Dillon.

Things to do in Missoula

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

St. Ignatius Mission, Garden of One Thousand Buddhas, Travelers' Rest State Park
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St. Ignatius Mission ©
St. Ignatius Mission
Garden of One Thousand Buddhas ©
Garden of One Thousand Buddhas
Blue Mountain Trailhead (hike & bike) ©

1
night
Dillon

Dillon ©
Dillon is a city in and the county seat of Beaverhead County, Montana, United States. On the 20th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Dillon Visitor Center, then stop by The Bookstore, then see the interesting displays at Beaverhead County Museum, and finally admire all the interesting features of Bannack State Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Dillon tour planning website .

Drive from Missoula to Dillon in 2.5 hours. May in Dillon sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 38°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Dillon

Museums Parks Nature
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Beaverhead County Museum ©
Beaverhead County Museum
Bannack State Park ©
Bannack State Park

1
night
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
On the 21st (Tue), admire all the interesting features of Earthquake Lake, then identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Yellowstone Historic Center, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our West Yellowstone day trip planning app .

You can drive from Dillon to West Yellowstone in 2.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Dillon in May; daily highs in West Yellowstone reach 57°F and lows reach 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Earthquake Lake ©
Earthquake Lake
Yellowstone Historic Center ©
Yellowstone Historic Center

1
night
Bozeman

Bozeman ©
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Bozeman, take an in-depth tour of American Computer Museum, then learn more about the world around you at Museum of the Rockies, and finally make a trip to Emerson Cultural Center.

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Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Bozeman takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from West Yellowstone in May, expect Bozeman to be a bit warmer, temps between 65°F and 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Hardin.

Things to do in Bozeman

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
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Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies
American Computer & Robotics Museum ©
Downtown Bozeman ©
Downtown Bozeman

3
nights
Hardin

Hardin ©
Hardin is a city in and the county seat of Big Horn County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Little Bighorn Battlefield, witness the site of a historic battle at Custer Battlefield Trading Post & Cafe, and then witness the site of a historic battle at Custer Battlefield Museum. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Big Horn County Historical Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Pompeys Pillar National Monument, and then examine the collection at Huntley Project Museum of Irrigated Agriculture.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hardin trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Bozeman to Hardin in 3 hours. In May, Hardin is much colder than Bozeman - with highs of 8°F and lows of 8°F. On the 25th (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Hardin

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Crow Agency, Huntley Project Museum of Irrigated Agriculture, Custer Battlefield Museum, Pompeys Pillar National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Custer Battlefield Museum ©
Custer Battlefield Museum
Little Bighorn Battlefield ©
Little Bighorn Battlefield
Big Horn County Historical Museum ©
Big Horn County Historical Museum

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