15 days in Montana Itinerary

15 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana travel route maker

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Glacier National Park
— 4 nights
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Great Falls
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hardin
— 2 nights
Drive
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West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bozeman
— 3 nights
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Glacier National Park

— 4 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 16th (Fri), hike the day away at Highline Trail. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls, trek along Iceberg Lake Trail, and explore the activities along St. Mary Lake.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Glacier National Park trip itinerary maker.

Richmond to Glacier National Park is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Richmond to Glacier National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Richmond in September: highs in Glacier National Park hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Great Falls

— 2 nights
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 18th (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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Ann Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Ursuline Centre, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sacagawea Springs, and finally tee off at Valley View Garden Golf.

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You can drive from Glacier National Park to Great Falls in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in September, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Hardin.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Hardin

— 2 nights
Hardin is a city in and the county seat of Big Horn County, Montana, United States. On the 20th (Tue), take in the history at Custer Battlefield Trading Company, witness the site of a historic battle at Little Bighorn Battlefield, and then take an in-depth tour of Big Horn County Historical Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): witness the site of a historic battle at Custer Battlefield Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowtail Reservoir, and then stop by Bighorn Trout Shop.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hardin road trip site.

Drive from Great Falls to Hardin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Great Falls in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 50°F in Hardin. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Hardin

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

West Yellowstone

— 3 nights
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Step out of West Yellowstone to go to Big Sky and see Ousel Falls Trail, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, explore the activities along Yellowstone River, look for gifts at Send it Home, and get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the West Yellowstone trip planner.

You can drive from Hardin to West Yellowstone in 5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Hardin in September; daily highs in West Yellowstone reach 64°F and lows reach 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

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 25th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Palisade Falls and then get a dose of the wild on Yellowstone Guidelines. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the sky in a new way at Museum of the Rockies, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Bozeman, and then sample the fine beverages at Bozeman Spirits Distillery.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Bozeman road trip planning website.

Getting from West Yellowstone to Bozeman by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from West Yellowstone in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Bozeman: highs are around 72°F and lows about 41°F. On the 27th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Montana travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Nature & Parks
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.