15 days in Montana & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

15 days in Montana & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel planner

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Missoula
— 2 nights
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Whitefish
— 1 day
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Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Great Falls
— 1 night
Drive
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Butte
— 1 day
Drive
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Bozeman
— 3 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
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Billings
— 2 nights
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Missoula

— 2 nights
Missoula is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): examine the collection at Museum of Mountain Flying and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, then examine the collection at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center, then find something for the whole family at A Carousel for Missoula, and finally grab your bike and head to Silver Park.

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Austin to Missoula is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Austin to Missoula is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Austin in July, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Missoula: temperatures range from 88°F by day to 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Whitefish.

Things to do in Missoula

Outdoors · Museums · Adventure · Tours

Side Trip

Whitefish

— 1 day
Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. On the 5th (Mon), see what you can catch with State of Mind Fishing Charters LLC, sample the tasty concoctions at Great Northern Brewing Company, and then make a trip to Whitefish Depot.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Whitefish trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Missoula to Whitefish in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July in Whitefish, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Whitefish

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

Glacier National Park

— 3 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): hike along Iceberg Lake Trail, then get great views at Jackson Glacier Overlook, then take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Logan Pass. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Lake McDonald, then hike along Avalanche Lake, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Whitefish to Glacier National Park takes an hour. July in Glacier National Park sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Great Falls

— 1 night
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Ryan Dam - Great Falls of the Missouri, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and then immerse yourself in nature at Giant Springs State Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Great Falls trip planner.

Getting from Glacier National Park to Great Falls by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. July in Great Falls sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Butte.

Things to do in Great Falls

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Nightlife

Butte

— 1 day
Butte is a city in, and the county seat of Silver Bow County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take in panoramic vistas at Granite Mountain Memorial Overlook, take in nature's colorful creations at Old Lexington Stamp Mill and Gardens, then contemplate the long history of World Museum of Mining, and finally explore the activities along Berkeley Pit.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Butte road trip planning site.

You can drive from Great Falls to Butte in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Great Falls in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Butte, with lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Bozeman.

Things to do in Butte

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

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. On the 10th (Sat), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Montana Grizzly Encounter, take an in-depth tour of American Computer & Robotics Museum, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bozeman Spirits Distillery. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: surround yourself with nature on Yellowstone Guidelines and then take in the dramatic scenery at Palisade Falls.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Bozeman trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Butte to Bozeman takes 1.5 hours. July in Bozeman sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Bozeman

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park

— 3 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Yellowstone National Park is known for nature, wildlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, stroll through S Rim Trail, and get outside with Morning Glory Pool.

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Drive from Bozeman to Yellowstone National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and taxi. In July, Yellowstone National Park is little chillier than Bozeman - with highs of 73°F and lows of 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Billings.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Billings

— 2 nights
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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Billings: Custer Battlefield Museum (in Garryowen) and Crow Agency (Little Bighorn Battlefield & Custer Battlefield Trading Company). The adventure continues: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, examine the collection at Moss Mansion, contemplate the long history of Pictograph Cave State Park, and take in the dramatic natural features at The Rimrocks.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Billings trip planner.

Drive from Yellowstone National Park to Billings in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, expect nights in Billings to be much warmer, around 60°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 89°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Billings

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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.