14 days in Montana, Kentucky & Alabama Itinerary

14 days in Montana, Kentucky & Alabama Itinerary

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14 days in Montana, Kentucky & Alabama Itinerary

Start: Madrid
Fly + taxi:  22​h 15​min
1
Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Helena
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Big Sky
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Billings
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Bardstown
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Montgomery
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Madrid

2
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 off the beaten path and head to Virginia Falls and St.Mary Falls. Take a break from the city and head to St. Mary Lake and Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Iceberg Lake Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier, and hike along Highline Trail.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Glacier National Park sightseeing planner.

Madrid, Spain to Glacier National Park is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Madrid to Glacier National Park. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Madrid in July: high temperatures in Glacier National Park hover around 34°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

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

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Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Gates of the Mountains, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Helena, and then get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Montana Historical Society Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of St. Helena, and then get in on the family fun at Great Northern Carousel.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Helena tour itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Helena takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Glacier National Park in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Helena, with lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Big Sky.

Things to do in Helena

Parks Nature Theme Parks
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Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Mount Helena ©
Mount Helena
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena

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Big Sky

Big Sky ©
Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lone Peak, hike along Ousel Falls Trail, and then get outside with Grizzly Outfitters Ski & Backcountry Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: hit the slopes at Big Sky Resort, then hike along Beehive Basin Trail, then explore the different monuments and memorials at The Soldiers Chapel, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Big Sky vacation builder .

Drive from Helena to Big Sky in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Helena in July, with highs in Big Sky at 29°C and lows at 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Billings.

Things to do in Big Sky

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Lone Peak ©
Lone Peak
Horseback Riding Tours

1
night
Billings

Billings ©
Billings is the largest city in the state of Montana, and is the principal city of the Billings Metropolitan Area with a population of 166,855.Billings is located in the south-eastern portion of the state and is the seat of Yellowstone County, which had a 2015 population of 157,048. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Pompeys Pillar National Monument, then trot along with a tour on horseback, then explore the striking landscape at The Rimrocks, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Yellowstone Valley Brewing Company.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Billings tour planning site .

You can drive from Big Sky to Billings in 3.5 hours. While traveling from Big Sky, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Billings, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Bardstown.

Things to do in Billings

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Pompeys Pillar National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Pompeys Pillar National Monument ©
Pompeys Pillar National Monument
Horseback Riding Tours
Yellowstone Valley Brewing Company ©

1
night
Bardstown

Bardstown ©
Bardstown is a home rule-class city in Nelson County, Kentucky, in the United States. On the 23rd (Tue), contemplate the long history of Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Four Roses, then sample the fine beverages at Four Roses Bourbon - Warehouse and Bottling Facility, and finally sample the fine beverages at Willett Distilling Company. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park, see the interesting displays at Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum, then sample the fine beverages at Barton 1792 Distillery, and finally play a few rounds at My Old Kentucky Home.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Bardstown travel planner .

Getting from Billings to Bardstown by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 2 hours. When traveling from Billings in July, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Bardstown: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Montgomery.

Things to do in Bardstown

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Parks

Side Trips

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Four Roses Bourbon - Warehouse and Bottling Facility, Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum, Four Roses, Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
Barton 1792 Distillery ©
Barton 1792 Distillery
My Old Kentucky Home ©
My Old Kentucky Home
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill ©
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

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nights
Montgomery

Montgomery ©
Montgomery is the capital of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, browse the exhibits of Civil Rights Memorial Center, then contemplate the long history of First White House of the Confederacy, and finally contemplate the long history of Dexter Parsonage Museum - Dr. Martin Luther King home. On the next day, explore and take pictures at Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Montgomery trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by flight from Bardstown to Montgomery takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Bardstown to Montgomery is minus 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Bardstown in July: high temperatures in Montgomery hover around 38°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Montgomery

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site ©
Civil Rights Memorial Center ©
Civil Rights Memorial Center

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