14 days in Montana Itinerary

14 days in Montana Itinerary

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14 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  10​h
1
Hardin
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Great Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Glacier National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Philipsburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Bozeman
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Newark

1
night
Hardin

Hardin ©
Hardin is a city in and the county seat of Big Horn County, Montana, United States. To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Hardin day trip planner .

Newark to Hardin is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Newark in September; daily highs in Hardin reach 75°F and lows reach 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Great Falls.

Things to do in Hardin

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Custer Battlefield Museum, Little Bighorn Battlefield
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Custer Battlefield Museum ©
Custer Battlefield Museum
Little Bighorn Battlefield ©
Little Bighorn Battlefield
Big Horn County Historical Museum ©
Big Horn County Historical Museum

1
night
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. On the 10th (Tue), steep yourself in history at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, then get engrossed in the history at The History Museum, and then enjoy some music at Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the majestic nature at Giant Springs State Park, examine the collection at C.M. Russell Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Ann Cathedral, and finally get engrossed in the history at Ursuline Centre.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Great Falls online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Hardin to Great Falls takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Hardin in September, plan for little chillier nights in Great Falls, with lows around 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Great Falls

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
Highlights from your plan
First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park ©
C.M. Russell Museum ©
C.M. Russell Museum
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and Iceberg Lake Trail. The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, get to know the fascinating history of Garden Wall, take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls, and explore the activities along Swiftcurrent Lake.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Glacier National Park online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Glacier National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car. In September, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Philipsburg.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Virginia Falls ©
Virginia Falls
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

2
nights
Philipsburg

Philipsburg ©
Philipsburg is a town in and the county seat of Granite County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): look for gifts at The Sweet Palace, shop like a local with Ohrmann Museum & Gallery, see the interesting displays at Powell County Museum & Arts Foundation, examine the collection at Yesterday's Playthings, then examine the collection at Old Montana Prison Complex, and finally get a taste of life in the country at Grant-Kohrs Ranch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): mingle with the ghosts of the past at Granite Ghost Town State Park, get engrossed in the history at Granite County Museum, and then stroll through Winninghoff Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Philipsburg road trip website .

You can drive from Glacier National Park to Philipsburg in 5.5 hours. In September in Philipsburg, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 38°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Philipsburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Deer Lodge, Ohrmann Museum & Gallery
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Ohrmann Museum & Gallery ©
Ohrmann Museum & Gallery
Old Montana Prison Complex ©
Old Montana Prison Complex
Grant-Kohrs Ranch ©
Grant-Kohrs Ranch

2
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
On the 18th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and then find something for the whole family at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun. Keep things going the next day: get your game on at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos, then get to know the fascinating history of Yellowstone Historic Center, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read West Yellowstone trip builder .

Getting from Philipsburg to West Yellowstone by car takes about 4 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in West Yellowstone when traveling from Philipsburg in September, with lows around 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Wildlife Theme Parks Outdoors
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Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Fishing Charters & Tours
Yellowstone Historic Center ©
Yellowstone Historic Center

2
nights
Bozeman

Bozeman ©
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Rockies, take an in-depth tour of American Computer Museum, and then take a stroll around Bozeman Public Library. On the next day, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Last Wind-Up and then get engrossed in the history at Gallatin History Museum.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Bozeman online route planner .

Getting from West Yellowstone to Bozeman by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from West Yellowstone in September, with highs in Bozeman at 72°F and lows at 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Bozeman

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies
American Computer & Robotics Museum ©
Gallatin History Museum ©
Gallatin History Museum

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