15 days in Montana Itinerary

15 days in Montana Itinerary

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15 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Sioux City
Fly:  12​h
1
Missoula
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Great Falls
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Helena
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Bozeman
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Billings
— 2 nights
Drive:  11​h
End: Sioux City

1
night
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, get in on the family fun at A Carousel for Missoula, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Silver Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): examine the collection at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center, then get engrossed in the history at Fort Missoula Museum, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Missoula planning tool .

Sioux City to Missoula is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Sioux City in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 53°F in Missoula. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Missoula

Wildlife Outdoors Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation ©
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Fort Missoula Museum ©
Fort Missoula Museum

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Highline Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Jackson Glacier Overlook, then take in the dramatic scenery at St.Mary Falls, and finally admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Glacier National Park road trip website .

Traveling by car from Missoula to Glacier National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in Glacier National Park are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Great Falls.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Highline Trail ©
Highline Trail
Virginia Falls ©
Virginia Falls

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 10th (Wed): hike along River's Edge Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Giant Springs State Park, and then get to know the fascinating history of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, see the interesting displays at C.M. Russell Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Ann Cathedral, then get engrossed in the history at Ursuline Centre, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Spirit Catholic Parish.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Great Falls trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Glacier National Park to Great Falls in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, train, and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Helena.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
Highlights from your plan
River's Edge Trail ©
River's Edge Trail
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
C.M. Russell Museum ©
C.M. Russell Museum

2
nights
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol, view the masterpieces at Archie Bray Foundation, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Helena, then get engrossed in the history at Montana Historical Society Museum, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Gates of the Mountains. On your second day here, hike along Mount Helena and then find something for the whole family at Great Northern Carousel.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Helena journey builder site .

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Helena takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In July, daytime highs in Helena are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Helena

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Montana Historical Society Museum ©
Montana Historical Society Museum

2
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore the activities along Earthquake Lake, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Yellowstone Historic Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our West Yellowstone road trip planner .

Drive from Helena to West Yellowstone in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Helena in July, expect West Yellowstone to be slightly colder, temps between 77°F and 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors Tours Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Earthquake Lake ©
Earthquake Lake
Fishing Charters & Tours
Museum of the Yellowstone ©
Museum of the Yellowstone

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. On the 16th (Tue), explore and take pictures at Missouri Headwaters State Park, then examine the collection at American Computer Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Montana Grizzly Encounter. Keep things going the next day: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Bozeman attractions planner .

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Bozeman takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from West Yellowstone in July, with highs in Bozeman at 86°F and lows at 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Billings.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Missouri Headwaters State Park
Highlights from your plan
Missouri Headwaters State Park ©
Missouri Headwaters State Park
American Computer & Robotics Museum ©
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
nights
Billings

Billings ©
Billings is the largest city in the state of Montana, and is the principal city of the Billings Metropolitan Area with a population of 166,855.Billings is located in the south-eastern portion of the state and is the seat of Yellowstone County, which had a 2015 population of 157,048. On the 18th (Thu), explore the striking landscape at The Rimrocks, see the interesting displays at Moss Mansion, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and finally explore and take pictures at Pompeys Pillar National Monument.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Billings online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Bozeman to Billings takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Bozeman in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Billings, with lows around 60°F. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Billings

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Pompeys Pillar National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Moss Mansion ©
Moss Mansion
Pompeys Pillar National Monument ©
Pompeys Pillar National Monument
Horseback Riding Tours

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