15 days in Montana Itinerary

15 days in Montana Itinerary

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15 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Bozeman
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Great Falls
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
West Glacier
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Missoula
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Detroit

2
nights
Bozeman

Bozeman ©
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): make a trip to Emerson Cultural Center. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Bozeman and then take in the awesome beauty at Bridger Bowl.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Bozeman online itinerary maker .

Detroit to Bozeman is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Bozeman when traveling from Detroit in April, with lows around 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Big Sky
Highlights from your plan
Downtown Bozeman ©
Downtown Bozeman
Fishing Charters & Tours
Big Sky Resort ©
Big Sky Resort

3
nights
West Yellowstone

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Popular historic sites such as Earthquake Lake and Yellowstone Historic Center are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Fishing Charters & Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near West Yellowstone: Big Sky (Lone Peak & Ousel Falls Trail). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and get your game on at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our West Yellowstone trip builder site .

You can drive from Bozeman to West Yellowstone in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Bozeman in April: high temperatures in West Yellowstone hover around 44°F and lows are around 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Big Sky
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Earthquake Lake ©
Earthquake Lake

2
nights
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, then immerse yourself in nature at Giant Springs State Park, and then stroll through River's Edge Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, then admire the masterpieces at C.M. Russell Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Ursuline Centre, and finally explore the galleries of Fort Benton Museums & Heritage Complex.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Great Falls trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from West Yellowstone to Great Falls in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, car, and bus; or fly. In April, Great Falls is somewhat warmer than West Yellowstone - with highs of 55°F and lows of 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to West Glacier.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, Fort Benton Museums & Heritage Complex
Highlights from your plan
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park
River's Edge Trail ©
River's Edge Trail
C.M. Russell Museum ©
C.M. Russell Museum

3
nights
West Glacier

West Glacier ©
West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. Get some cultural insight at Conrad Mansion and Depot Park. Get in touch with nature at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and Highline Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around West Glacier: Glacier National Park (Jackson Glacier Overlook, Goat Lick Overlook, & more), City Beach (in Whitefish) and Swan River Nature Trail (in Bigfork).

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the West Glacier trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Great Falls to West Glacier by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. April in West Glacier sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 30°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Missoula.

Things to do in West Glacier

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Glacier National Park, Conrad Mansion, Depot Park, City Beach, Swan River Nature Trail
Highlights from your plan
City Beach ©
City Beach
Highline Trail ©
Highline Trail

4
nights
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedral of St. Helena and Grant-Kohrs Ranch. Explore hidden gems such as Mount Helena and World Museum of Mining. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Missoula: Garden of One Thousand Buddhas (in Arlee), National Bison Range (in Moiese) and St. Ignatius Mission (in Saint Ignatius). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, explore the landscape on two wheels at Silver Park, and examine the collection at Old Montana Prison Complex.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Missoula road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from West Glacier to Missoula takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Missoula can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Deer Lodge, Helena, Garden of One Thousand Buddhas, National Bison Range, St. Ignatius Mission
Highlights from your plan
Mount Helena ©
Mount Helena
National Bison Range ©
National Bison Range
World Museum of Mining ©
World Museum of Mining

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