15 days in Montana Itinerary

15 days in Montana Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Glacier National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Great Falls
— 2 nights
Drive
3
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Bozeman
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Hardin
— 3 nights
Drive to Billings Logan International Airport, Fly to Charlotte Douglas International Airport

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Glacier National Park

— 5 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.
On the 7th (Thu), hike the day away at Highline Trail. There's still lots to do: stroll through Grinnell Glacier, take in the dramatic scenery at St.Mary Falls, explore the activities along Avalanche Lake, and explore and take pictures at Going-to-the-Sun Road.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park trip itinerary planning app.

Charlotte to Glacier National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Charlotte to Glacier National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Charlotte in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Glacier National Park, with highs around 56°F, while nights are colder with lows around 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Great Falls

— 2 nights
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at C.M. Russell Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and then admire the majestic nature at Giant Springs State Park. On your second day here, see human ingenuity at work at Ryan Dam - Great Falls of the Missouri, contemplate the waterfront views at Sacagawea Springs, then take an in-depth tour of Ursuline Centre, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Ann Cathedral.

For maps and other tourist information, you can read our Great Falls sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Great Falls takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. In October in Great Falls, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 35°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Great Falls

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

West Yellowstone

— 2 nights
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the awesome beauty at Two Top, then get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Sapphire Pool, then take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Geyser.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the West Yellowstone journey planner.

Traveling by car from Great Falls to West Yellowstone takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Great Falls in October, expect West Yellowstone to be a bit cooler, temps between 50°F and 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Bozeman

— 2 nights
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): learn more about the world around you at Museum of the Rockies, take an in-depth tour of American Computer & Robotics Museum, and then get into the urban bustle at Bozeman Public Library. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Bozeman, then browse for treasures at The Last Wind-Up, then meet the residents at Montana Grizzly Encounter, and finally see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Bozeman road trip planning site.

Getting from West Yellowstone to Bozeman by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from West Yellowstone in October: highs in Bozeman hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hardin.

Things to do in Bozeman

Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

Hardin

— 3 nights
Hardin is a city in and the county seat of Big Horn County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): take in the history at Custer Battlefield Trading Company, then take in the history at Little Bighorn Battlefield, and then witness the site of a historic battle at Custer Battlefield Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Big Horn County Historical Museum, then look for gifts at Bighorn Trout Shop, and then see human ingenuity at work at Yellowtail Dam.

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You can drive from Bozeman to Hardin in 3 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Bozeman in October since evenings lows in Hardin dip to 39°F. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Hardin

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

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.