15 days in Montana, Idaho & Oregon Itinerary

15 days in Montana, Idaho & Oregon Itinerary

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15 days in Montana, Idaho & Oregon Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Coeur d'Alene
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Bend
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Coos Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Cannon Beach
— 2 nights
+3
bus + tram + Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
6
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  11​h
End: Fort Lauderdale

1
night
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): ponder the world of politics at Montana State Capitol.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Helena trip itinerary builder tool .

Fort Lauderdale to Helena is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Helena, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Fort Lauderdale in June, plan for slightly colder days in Helena, with highs around 79°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Coeur d'Alene.

Things to do in Helena

Nature Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Mount Helena ©
Mount Helena

2
nights
Coeur d'Alene

Coeur d'Alene ©
Coeur d'Alene is the largest city and county seat of Kootenai County, Idaho, United States. Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): tee off at Coeur d'Alene Resort Golf Course and then identify plant and animal life at Tubbs Hill Nature Trails. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Mineral Ridge National Recreation Trail, admire the architecture and history at Old Mission State Park, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at North Idaho Centennial Trail.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Coeur d'Alene trip website .

You can drive from Helena to Coeur d'Alene in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in June, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Bend.

Things to do in Coeur d'Alene

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Old Mission State Park
Highlights from your plan
Old Mission State Park ©
Old Mission State Park
Coeur d'Alene Resort Golf Course ©
Coeur d'Alene Resort Golf Course

1
night
Bend

Bend ©
An old logging town at the crux of the high desert and ponderosa pine forest, Bend melds a love of the outdoors with cosmopolitan flair.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): admire all the interesting features of Pilot Butte State Scenic Viewpoint, then trek along Lava Cast Forest Trail, and then admire all the interesting features of Newberry National Volcanic Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, admire the sheer force of Tumalo Falls, and then take a peaceful walk through Shevlin Park.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Bend trip website .

Fly from Coeur d'Alene to Bend in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In July in Bend, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Coos Bay.

Things to do in Bend

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Lava Cast Forest Trail
Highlights from your plan
Tumalo Falls ©
Tumalo Falls
Shevlin Park ©
Shevlin Park
River Rafting & Tubing

3
nights
Coos Bay

Coos Bay ©
Coos Bay is a city located in Coos County, Oregon, United States, where the Coos River enters Coos Bay on the Pacific Ocean. Step off the beaten path and head to Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park and Cape Arago State Park. Escape the urban bustle at Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint and Wildlife Safari. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Coos Bay: Tsunami Gallery (in Gardiner) and Sandland Adventures (in Florence). There's more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Shore Acres State Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Coos Bay driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Bend to Coos Bay in 5 hours. When traveling from Bend in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Coos Bay: temperatures range from 67°F by day to 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Coos Bay

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Florence, Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint, Tsunami Gallery, Wildlife Safari
Highlights from your plan
Cape Arago State Park ©
Cape Arago State Park
Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint ©
Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint

2
nights
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. On the 8th (Mon), stroll through Haystack Rock, immerse yourself in nature at Hug Point State Park, and then admire the majestic nature at Ecola State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the majestic nature at Oswald West State Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manzanita Beach, and then stroll through Rockaway Beach Wayside.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cannon Beach online day trip planner .

Getting from Coos Bay to Cannon Beach by car takes about 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in July, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Manzanita Beach, Rockaway Beach Wayside
Highlights from your plan
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Oswald West State Park ©
Oswald West State Park
Manzanita Beach ©
Manzanita Beach

3
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 Iceberg Lake Trail. Discover out-of-the-way places like Trail of the Cedars and Granite Park Trail. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Highline Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McDonald, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Grinnell Glacier.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Glacier National Park vacation website .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Cannon Beach to Glacier National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cannon Beach in July: highs in Glacier National Park hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 49°F. You will leave for home on the 13th (Sat).

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail
Virginia Falls ©
Virginia Falls
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

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