14 days in Montana Itinerary

14 days in Montana Itinerary

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14 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Bozeman
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Missoula
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Glacier National Park
— 5 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  10​h 30​min
End: New York City

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. On the 5th (Thu), meet the residents at Montana Grizzly Encounter. Keep things going the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Missouri Headwaters State Park and then admire the majestic nature at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Bozeman vacation planning tool .

New York City to Bozeman is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Bozeman is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in September, expect nights in Bozeman to be cooler, around 41°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Big Sky, Three Forks
Highlights from your plan
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park ©
Missouri Headwaters State Park ©
Missouri Headwaters State Park
The Soldiers Chapel ©
The Soldiers Chapel

3
nights
West Yellowstone

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Explore hidden gems such as Horseback Riding Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Popular historic sites such as Earthquake Lake and Yellowstone Historic Center are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and have some family-friendly fun at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the West Yellowstone route maker tool .

Drive from Bozeman to West Yellowstone in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Bozeman in September, things will get a bit cooler in West Yellowstone: highs are around 64°F and lows about 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Helena.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): ponder the world of politics at Montana State Capitol, admire the striking features of Cathedral of St. Helena, then get engrossed in the history at Montana Historical Society Museum, and finally explore the striking landscape of Gates of the Mountains.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Helena trip planner .

Getting from West Yellowstone to Helena by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Traveling from West Yellowstone in September, things will get a bit warmer in Helena: highs are around 73°F and lows about 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Helena

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Montana Historical Society Museum ©
Montana Historical Society Museum

2
nights
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Missoula day trip website .

You can drive from Helena to Missoula in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Missoula can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Missoula

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation ©
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Fishing Charters & Tours

5
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 Virginia Falls and St. Mary Lake. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to St.Mary Falls and Iceberg Lake Trail. There's much more to do: stroll through Highline Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Jackson Glacier Overlook, contemplate the waterfront views at Swiftcurrent Lake, and explore the striking landscape of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Glacier National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Missoula to Glacier National Park in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Glacier National Park are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. You will leave for home on the 18th (Wed).

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Trail of the Cedars ©
Trail of the Cedars
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail

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