13 days in Montana Itinerary

13 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana journey planner

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Make it your trip
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Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Great Falls
— 1 night
Drive
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Helena
— 2 nights
Drive
4
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Bozeman
— 3 nights
Drive
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Garryowen
— 2 nights
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Glacier National Park

— 2 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Avalanche Lake and Sun Tours. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Grinnell Glacier and Goat Lick Overlook. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along McDonald Creek, admire all the interesting features of Going-to-the-Sun Road, and hike along Siyeh Pass.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Glacier National Park trip itinerary maker.

Atlanta to Glacier National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Atlanta in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Glacier National Park, with highs around 67°F, while nights are colder with lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Great Falls

— 1 night
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. On the 30th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Ann Cathedral, then steep yourself in history at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, and then take an in-depth tour of Ursuline Centre.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Great Falls trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Great Falls takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Helena.

Things to do in Great Falls

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Helena

— 2 nights
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): admire the striking features of Cathedral of St. Helena and then see what you can catch with Montana Fishing Outfitters. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Reeder's Alley, admire the striking features of Original Governor's Mansion, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Ten Mile Creek Brewery.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Helena trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Great Falls to Helena in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Helena sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Helena

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

West Yellowstone

— 2 nights
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): take in the natural beauty of Aurum Geyser, trek along Observation Point Trail, then take in the natural beauty of Blue Star Spring, then take in the natural beauty of Solitary Geyser, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Sapphire Pool. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, then trek along Purple Mountain Trail, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the West Yellowstone planner.

Traveling by car from Helena to West Yellowstone takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Helena in June: high temperatures in West Yellowstone hover around 69°F and lows are around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Bozeman

— 3 nights
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Step out of the city life by going to Yellowstone Guidelines and Norris Hot Springs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Fishing Charters & Tours and Gallatin River. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bozeman: Pine Creek Trail (in Livingston) and Missouri Headwaters State Park (in Three Forks). It doesn't end there: look for gifts at The Last Wind-Up and sample the fine beverages at Bozeman Spirits Distillery.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bozeman tour planning app.

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Bozeman in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle and bus. In June, Bozeman is a bit warmer than West Yellowstone - with highs of 77°F and lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Garryowen.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Garryowen

— 2 nights
Garryowen is a private town in Big Horn County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take in the history at Custer Battlefield Trading Company and then take in the history at Little Bighorn Battlefield.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Garryowen trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Bozeman to Garryowen in 3.5 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Bozeman in June: high temperatures in Garryowen hover around 8°F and lows are around 8°F. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Garryowen

Historic Sites · Museums

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.