14 days in Montana Itinerary

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Fly to Bozeman, Drive to Helena
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
— 1 night
West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
— 2 nights
— 3 nights


Helena — 2 nights

Helena is the capital city of the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County. Escape the urban bustle at Mount Helena and Gates of the Mountains. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cathedral of St. Helena and Montana State Capitol. Get out of town with these interesting Helena side-trips: Butte (Headframe Spirits, World Museum of Mining, &more). There's still lots to do: catch some excitement at Great Northern Carousel.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Helena trip website.

New York City to Helena is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Helena is minus 2 hours. When traveling from New York City in November, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Helena: temperatures range from 43°F by day to 23°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Polson.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Side Trip

Polson — 2 nights

Polson is a city in Lake County, Montana, United States, on the southern shore of Flathead Lake. On the 8th (Wed), explore the activities along Flathead Lake, then identify plant and animal life at Bison Range, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Glacier Brewing Company. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Swan River Nature Trail, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then make a trip to Art Fusion.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Polson journey planner.

Drive from Helena to Polson in 3.5 hours. November in Polson sees daily highs of 40°F and lows of 24°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Dillon.
Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails
Side Trips

Dillon — 1 night

Dillon is a city in and the county seat of Beaverhead County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): immerse yourself in nature at Clark's Lookout State Park, then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Bannack State Park, and then take an in-depth tour of Dillon Visitor Center.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Dillon trip website.

Drive from Polson to Dillon in 4 hours. November in Dillon sees daily highs of 42°F and lows of 21°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to West Yellowstone.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

West Yellowstone — 3 nights

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Step off the beaten path and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Helicopter Tours. Step out of the city life by going to Lone Peak and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's lots more to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, stroll through Earthquake Lake, explore the activities along Hebgen Lake, and look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the West Yellowstone trip itinerary site.

Drive from Dillon to West Yellowstone in 3 hours. Traveling from Dillon in November, expect West Yellowstone to be slightly colder, temps between 36°F and 16°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Gardiner.
Parks · Tours · Wildlife · Nature
Side Trip

Gardiner — 2 nights

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilderness Connection, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Gallatin National Forest. Here are some ideas for day two: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour and then boost your wellbeing at Yellowstone Hot Springs.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Gardiner itinerary maker website.

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Gardiner in 2 hours. In November in Gardiner, expect temperatures between 36°F during the day and 16°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Bozeman.
Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Side Trip

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. Your inner history buff will appreciate Missouri Headwaters State Park and The Soldiers Chapel. Get in touch with nature at Ousel Falls Trail and Gallatin River. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bozeman: Livingston (Sacajawea Park & Yellowstone Guidelines). Next up on the itinerary: cast your line with a fishing tour and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bozeman Spirits Distillery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Bozeman online road trip planner.

Getting from Gardiner to Bozeman by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Traveling from Gardiner in November, you will find days in Bozeman are a bit warmer (42°F), and nights are about the same (18°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Side Trips

Montana travel guide

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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.