15 days in Montana Itinerary

15 days in Montana Itinerary

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Whitefish
— 2 nights
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Glacier National Park
— 5 nights
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Great Falls
— 2 nights
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Helena
— 1 night
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West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
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Bozeman
— 2 nights
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Whitefish

Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Whitefish side-trips: Swan River Nature Trail (in Bigfork) and West Glacier (Glacier National Park, Hidden Lake, &more). Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of Conrad Mansion and get engrossed in the history at Depot Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Whitefish day trip planning tool.

Detroit to Whitefish is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Detroit in September, things will get slightly colder in Whitefish: highs are around 70°F and lows about 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Whitefish

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

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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.
On the 16th (Thu), hike the day away at Highline Trail. There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Going-to-the-Sun Road, explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier, hike along Iceberg Lake Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Avalanche Lake.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Glacier National Park sightseeing planner.

Getting from Whitefish to Glacier National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

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Great Falls

Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): explore the world behind art at C.M. Russell Museum, catch a live performance at 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 20th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Ann Cathedral, then take an in-depth tour of Ursuline Centre, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sacagawea Springs, and finally play a few rounds at Valley View Garden Golf.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Great Falls trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Great Falls takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. September in Great Falls sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 44°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Helena.

Things to do in Great Falls

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

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Helena

Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Gates of the Mountains, take an in-depth tour of Montana Historical Society Museum, and then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of St. Helena.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Helena trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Helena takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in September, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Helena

Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Museums

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West Yellowstone

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
On the 22nd (Wed), get interesting insight from Tours, then look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, then get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, and finally look for gifts at Send it Home. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lone Peak and then explore the activities along Yellowstone River.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the West Yellowstone holiday planner.

Drive from Helena to West Yellowstone in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Helena in September; daily highs in West Yellowstone reach 64°F and lows reach 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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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. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): look and learn at Museum of the Rockies, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Bozeman, and then stop by The Last Wind-Up.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Bozeman travel itinerary planner.

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 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bozeman

Museums · Childrens Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

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.