15 days in Montana Itinerary

15 days in Montana Itinerary

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15 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly + Drive:  10​h
1
Red Lodge
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Big Sky
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Dillon
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Wisdom
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Helena
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Great Falls
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Philadelphia

1
night
Red Lodge

Red Lodge ©
Red Lodge is a city in and the county seat of Carbon County, Montana, United States. On the 20th (Sat), stop by Montana Candy Emporium.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Red Lodge trip planner .

Philadelphia to Red Lodge is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to Red Lodge is minus 2 hours. In April, Red Lodge is slightly colder than Philadelphia - with highs of 53°F and lows of 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Big Sky.

Things to do in Red Lodge

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
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Red Lodge Mountain ©
Red Lodge Mountain
Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary
Montana Candy Emporium ©
Montana Candy Emporium

3
nights
Big Sky

Big Sky ©
Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Earthquake Lake and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get in touch with nature at Ousel Falls Trail and Grizzly Outfitters Ski & Backcountry Sports. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Lone Peak, make a trip to Big Sky Chapel, and trek along Beehive Basin Trail.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Big Sky trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Red Lodge to Big Sky in 3.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Red Lodge in April, with highs in Big Sky at 44°F and lows at 22°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Dillon.

Things to do in Big Sky

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

West Yellowstone
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Lone Peak ©
Lone Peak
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Dillon

Dillon ©
Dillon is a city in and the county seat of Beaverhead County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): admire the majestic nature at Clark's Lookout State Park and then explore and take pictures at Bannack State Park. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get all the information you need at Dillon Visitor Center and then hike along Lemhi Pass.

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Getting from Big Sky to Dillon by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Big Sky in April, things will get a bit warmer in Dillon: highs are around 55°F and lows about 29°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Wisdom.

Things to do in Dillon

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Bannack State Park ©
Bannack State Park
Clark's Lookout State Park ©
Clark's Lookout State Park

1
night
Wisdom

Wisdom ©
Wisdom is a small town in Beaverhead County, Montana, United States. On the 27th (Sat), witness the site of a historic battle at Big Hole National Battlefield.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Wisdom driving holiday app .

Drive from Dillon to Wisdom in 1.5 hours. April in Wisdom sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 31°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Helena.

Things to do in Wisdom

Historic Sites
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Big Hole National Battlefield ©
Big Hole National Battlefield

2
nights
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Helena, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Helena, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gates of the Mountains. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Reeder's Alley, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lewis & Clark Brewing Company, then get engrossed in the history at Montana Historical Society Museum, and finally ponder the world of politics at Montana State Capitol.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Helena trip itinerary planning website .

Drive from Wisdom to Helena in 3 hours. In April, daytime highs in Helena are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Great Falls.

Things to do in Helena

Parks Nature Winter Sports
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Mount Helena ©
Mount Helena
Montana Historical Society Museum ©
Montana Historical Society Museum
Reeder's Alley ©
Reeder's Alley

2
nights
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Giant Springs State Park, get to know the fascinating history of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and then hike along River's Edge Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at C.M. Russell Museum, contemplate the long history of First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, and then play a few rounds at Meadow Lark Country Club.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Great Falls trip tool .

You can drive from Helena to Great Falls in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in April, and nighttime lows around 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
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First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park ©
River's Edge Trail ©
River's Edge Trail
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©

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.
On the 2nd (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Iceberg Lake, trek along Highline Trail, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Glacier National Park trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Great Falls to Glacier National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car. In May, daytime highs in Glacier National Park are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Iceberg Lake ©
Iceberg Lake

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