13 days in Montana Itinerary

13 days in Montana Itinerary

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13 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Great Falls
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Helena
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Philipsburg
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Cooke City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Red Lodge
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h
End: Detroit

2
nights
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. On the 18th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Spirit Catholic Parish. Keep things going the next day: admire the majestic nature at Giant Springs State Park, tee off at Valley View Garden Golf, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Ann Cathedral.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Great Falls online trip builder .

Detroit to Great Falls is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Detroit to Great Falls due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Detroit in April, Great Falls is little chillier at night with lows of 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Helena.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
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Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park
River's Edge Trail ©
River's Edge Trail
First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park ©

2
nights
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Helena, then fly down the slopes at Mount Helena, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Blackfoot River Brewing Co. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): ponder the world of politics at Montana State Capitol, take an in-depth tour of Montana Historical Society Museum, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lewis & Clark Brewing Company, and finally explore the striking landscape of Gates of the Mountains.

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You can drive from Great Falls to Helena in 2 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. In April, daily temperatures in Helena can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Philipsburg.

Things to do in Helena

Nature Parks Breweries & Distilleries
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Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Mount Helena ©
Mount Helena

1
night
Philipsburg

Philipsburg ©
Philipsburg is a town in and the county seat of Granite County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Philipsburg Brewing Company, admire all the interesting features of Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine, then look for gifts at Montana Gems of Philipsburg, and finally get engrossed in the history at Granite County Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Philipsburg vacation builder .

You can drive from Helena to Philipsburg in 2 hours. Traveling from Helena in April, things will get slightly colder in Philipsburg: highs are around 52°F and lows about 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Philipsburg

Shopping Museums Breweries & Distilleries
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Montana Gems of Philipsburg ©
Montana Gems of Philipsburg
Philipsburg Brewing Company ©
Philipsburg Brewing Company

3
nights
West Yellowstone

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Get some historical perspective at Earthquake Lake and The Soldiers Chapel. Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Lone Mountain Ranch Outdoor Shop. You'll find plenty of places to visit near West Yellowstone: Big Sky (Ousel Falls Trail & Lone Peak). There's more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Two Top.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our West Yellowstone route maker .

You can drive from Philipsburg to West Yellowstone in 4 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Philipsburg in April: highs in West Yellowstone hover around 44°F, while lows dip to 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cooke City.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Big Sky
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Earthquake Lake ©
Earthquake Lake
The Soldiers Chapel ©
The Soldiers Chapel

1
night
Cooke City

Cooke City
Cooke City-Silver Gate is a census-designated place (CDP) in Park County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): make a trip to Beartooth Hwy, then look for gifts at Sylvia's Sweet Shoppe, then take some stellar pictures from Clay Butte Fire Lookout Tower, and finally hike along Clarks Fork Trail.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cooke City trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Cooke City in 5 hours. Traveling from West Yellowstone in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Cooke City, with lows around 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Red Lodge.

Things to do in Cooke City

Trails Outdoors Parks

3
nights
Red Lodge

Red Lodge ©
Red Lodge is a city in and the county seat of Carbon County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): look for gifts at Babcock & Miles, then look for all kinds of wild species at Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary, and then fly down the slopes at Red Lodge Mountain. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Carbon County Art Guild & Depot Gallery, trek along Silver Run Trails, and then take a memorable drive along Beartooth Highway.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Red Lodge trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Cooke City to Red Lodge in 4.5 hours. In April, Red Lodge is somewhat warmer than Cooke City - with highs of 53°F and lows of 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Red Lodge

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Beartooth Hwy
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Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary
Red Lodge Mountain ©
Red Lodge Mountain
Babcock & Miles ©
Babcock & Miles

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