14 days in Northwest Michigan & Montana Itinerary

14 days in Northwest Michigan & Montana Itinerary

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Traverse City
— 2 nights
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Bozeman
— 1 night
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West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
Drive
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Helena
— 1 night
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Great Falls
— 1 night
Drive
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Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
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Whitefish
— 2 nights
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Traverse City

Cherry Capital of the World

Traverse City might be well known for its huge cherry industry, but its position along Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan endows it with fine scenery and a wealth of outdoor attractions.
Get some historical perspective at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Mission Point Lighthouse. Step out of Traverse City with an excursion to Caberfae Peaks in Cadillac--about 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, buy something for everyone on your list at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, and learn about winemaking at Left Foot Charley Winery.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Traverse City trip planner.

Philadelphia to Traverse City is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Philadelphia in February, expect Traverse City to be a bit cooler, temps between 30°F and 15°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Bozeman.

Things to do in Traverse City

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Bozeman

Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): fly down the slopes at Crosscut Mountain Sport Center, examine the collection at American Computer & Robotics Museum, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Yellowstone Safari Company.

For maps and tourist information, read our Bozeman trip maker website.

You can fly from Traverse City to Bozeman in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Traverse City to Bozeman is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Traverse City in February, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Bozeman: temperatures range from 36°F by day to 13°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

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West Yellowstone

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Escape the urban bustle at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and Two Top. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sky (The Soldiers Chapel, Ousel Falls Trail, &more). It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and head outdoors with Madison River Outfitters.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our West Yellowstone tour itinerary site.

Drive from Bozeman to West Yellowstone in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. In February, West Yellowstone is slightly colder than Bozeman - with highs of 27°F and lows of 7°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Helena.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

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Helena

Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): hit the slopes at Great Divide Montana Ski Area, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Helena, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Helena.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Helena online trip builder.

Getting from West Yellowstone to Helena by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In February, Helena is a bit warmer than West Yellowstone - with highs of 37°F and lows of 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Helena

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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Great Falls

Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. On the 26th (Fri), trek along River's Edge Trail, then listen to music at Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Spirit Catholic Parish.

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

Traveling by car from Helena to Great Falls takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. February in Great Falls sees daily highs of 36°F and lows of 15°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Great Falls

Historic Sites · Trails · Nightlife · Parks

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Glacier National Park

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Swiftcurrent Pass Hike and John's Lake Loop. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Swiftcurrent Mountain, tour the pleasant surroundings at Iceberg Lake Trail, trek along Avalanche Lake, and explore and take pictures at Going-to-the-Sun Road.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Great Falls to Glacier National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In February, daytime highs in Glacier National Park are 36°F, while nighttime lows are 17°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to Whitefish.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails

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Whitefish

Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take a memorable tour with Whitefish Mountain Resort.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Whitefish trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Glacier National Park to Whitefish in 1.5 hours. In March in Whitefish, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 25°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Whitefish

Trails · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trip

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.