13 days in Montana Itinerary

13 days in Montana Itinerary

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13 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Whitefish
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Great Falls
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Helena
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Philipsburg
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  9​h
End: Houston

2
nights
Whitefish

Whitefish ©
Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of First Presbyterian Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: play a few rounds at Whitefish Lake Golf Club, then sample the tasty concoctions at Bonsai Brewing Project, then make a trip to Whitefish Depot, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Glacier Distilling Company.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Whitefish trip planner .

Houston to Whitefish is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Houston in October; daily highs in Whitefish reach 56°F and lows reach 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Whitefish

Golf Outdoors Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Meadow Lake Golf Resort, Glacier Distilling Company
Highlights from your plan
Whitefish Lake Golf Club ©
Whitefish Lake Golf Club
Glacier Distilling Company ©
Glacier Distilling Company
Bonsai Brewing Project ©
Bonsai Brewing Project

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Highline Trail and St.Mary Falls. Spend the 11th (Fri) exploring nature at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. There's much more to do: trek along Iceberg Lake Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Jackson Glacier Overlook, contemplate the waterfront views at St. Mary Lake, and admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Glacier National Park tour itinerary maker .

Getting from Whitefish to Glacier National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi. In October, daytime highs in Glacier National Park are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Great Falls.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail
Highline Trail ©
Highline Trail

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 13th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Ursuline Centre, then admire the masterpieces at C.M. Russell Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Ann Cathedral, and finally play a few rounds at Valley View Garden Golf. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): trek along River's Edge Trail, appreciate the extensive heritage of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and then admire the majestic nature at Giant Springs State Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Great Falls trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Glacier National Park to Great Falls in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in October, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Great Falls

Outdoors Parks Golf
Highlights from your plan
Valley View Garden Golf ©
Valley View Garden Golf
C.M. Russell Museum ©
C.M. Russell Museum
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park

2
nights
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. On the 15th (Tue), ponder the world of politics at Montana State Capitol, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Helena, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lewis & Clark Brewing Company, and finally identify plant and animal life at Gates of the Mountains. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Montana Historical Society Museum, then admire all the interesting features of Last Chance Ranch, then sample the tasty concoctions at Blackfoot River Brewing Co, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Ten Mile Creek Brewery.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Helena trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Helena takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In October, daytime highs in Helena are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Philipsburg.

Things to do in Helena

Breweries & Distilleries Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Blackfoot River Brewing Co ©
Blackfoot River Brewing Co
Ten Mile Creek Brewery ©
Ten Mile Creek Brewery
Montana Historical Society Museum ©
Montana Historical Society Museum

1
night
Philipsburg

Philipsburg ©
Philipsburg is a town in and the county seat of Granite County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): admire all the interesting features of Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine, then get engrossed in the history at Granite County Museum, then look for gifts at The Sweet Palace, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Philipsburg Brewing Company.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Philipsburg travel route planner.

You can drive from Helena to Philipsburg in 2 hours. Traveling from Helena in October, expect little chillier with lows of 28°F in Philipsburg. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Philipsburg

Museums Breweries & Distilleries Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Philipsburg Brewing Company ©
Philipsburg Brewing Company
The Sweet Palace ©
The Sweet Palace

2
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): find something for the whole family at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the West Yellowstone online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Philipsburg to West Yellowstone takes 4 hours. When traveling from Philipsburg in October, plan for a bit cooler days in West Yellowstone, with highs around 50°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Theme Parks Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun ©
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun
Earthquake Lake ©
Earthquake Lake
Fishing Charters & Tours

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