14 days in Montana Itinerary

14 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana journey maker

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

— 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Highline Trail and Swiftcurrent Falls. And it doesn't end there: hike along Iceberg Lake Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at St.Mary Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at St. Mary Lake, and admire all the interesting features of Going-to-the-Sun Road.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Glacier National Park journey maker site.

Denver to Glacier National Park is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Denver in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Glacier National Park, with lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Missoula

— 2 nights
Missoula is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): examine the collection at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center, walk around Caras Park, and then find something for the whole family at A Carousel for Missoula. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Silver Park, then identify plant and animal life at National Bison Range, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Missoula online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Missoula takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Missoula can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Helena.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Helena

— 1 night
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): ponder the world of politics at Montana State Capitol, look for all kinds of wild species at Gates of the Mountains, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Helena.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Helena travel planner.

Getting from Missoula to Helena by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in September, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Helena

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Nature

Great Falls

— 1 night
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. On the 5th (Sun), explore the world behind art at C.M. Russell Museum, then trek along River's Edge Trail, and then admire the majestic nature at Giant Springs State Park.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Great Falls trip planner.

You can drive from Helena to Great Falls in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September in Great Falls, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Nature

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 6th (Mon): examine the collection at Museum of the Yellowstone, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Earthquake Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, stop by Send it Home, then get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, and finally cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the West Yellowstone trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Great Falls to West Yellowstone takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. In September, West Yellowstone is a bit cooler than Great Falls - with highs of 64°F and lows of 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Gardiner.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Tours · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Gardiner

— 1 night
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): look for gifts at Parks' Fly Shop, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Gardiner using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Gardiner takes 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Gardiner are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Bozeman.

Things to do in Gardiner

Tours · Outdoors · Shopping · Adventure

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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to American Computer & Robotics Museum and River Rafting & Tubing. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bozeman: Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park (in Three Forks) and Big Sky (Ousel Falls Trail & Horseback Riding Tours). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Palisade Falls, take in breathtaking views at Gallatin Canyon, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Montana Grizzly Encounter, and browse for treasures at The Last Wind-Up.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Bozeman online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Gardiner to Bozeman in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Gardiner in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Bozeman: highs are around 72°F and lows about 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

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.