15 days in Montana Itinerary

15 days in Montana Itinerary

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15 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Buffalo
Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
1
Great Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Missoula
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Butte
— 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
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Buffalo

1
night
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Great Falls road trip tool .

Buffalo to Great Falls is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Buffalo to Great Falls due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Buffalo in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Great Falls, with highs around 86°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
Highlights from your plan
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park

1
night
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol, view the masterpieces at Archie Bray Foundation, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Helena, then get engrossed in the history at Montana Historical Society Museum, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gates of the Mountains.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Helena trip planner .

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Helena takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In July, daily temperatures in Helena can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Missoula.

Things to do in Helena

Museums Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena
Montana Historical Society Museum ©
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains

2
nights
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, get in on the family fun at A Carousel for Missoula, and then stroll through Jacob Island Dog Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): learn more about the world around you at Fort Missoula Museum, examine the collection at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

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You can drive from Helena to Missoula in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in July, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Butte.

Things to do in Missoula

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

2
nights
Butte

Butte ©
Butte is a city in, and the county seat of Silver Bow County, Montana, United States. On the 12th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Grant-Kohrs Ranch, examine the collection at Old Montana Prison Complex, examine the collection at Yesterday's Playthings, examine the collection at Powell County Museum & Arts Foundation, then see the interesting displays at MBMG Mineral Museum, and finally get great views at Old Lexington Stamp Mill and Gardens. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at World Museum of Mining, sample the fine beverages at Headframe Spirits, then steep yourself in history at Copper King Mansion, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Granite Mountain Memorial Overlook.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Butte day trip planner .

Drive from Missoula to Butte in 2 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Missoula in July: high temperatures in Butte hover around 82°F and lows are around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Butte

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Deer Lodge
Highlights from your plan
Grant-Kohrs Ranch ©
Grant-Kohrs Ranch
World Museum of Mining ©
World Museum of Mining
Old Montana Prison Complex ©
Old Montana Prison Complex

2
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
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. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the West Yellowstone driving holiday planner.

Drive from Butte to West Yellowstone in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Butte in July, expect West Yellowstone to be a bit cooler, temps between 77°F and 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Tours Outdoors 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), meet the residents at Montana Grizzly Encounter, then take an in-depth tour of American Computer Museum, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On your second day here, see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Bozeman road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Bozeman takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from West Yellowstone in July; daily highs in Bozeman reach 86°F and lows reach 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Billings.

Things to do in Bozeman

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Fishing Charters & Tours
Highlights from your plan
American Computer & Robotics Museum ©
Fishing Charters & Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

4
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. Get some historical perspective at Custer Battlefield Museum and Custer Battlefield Trading Post & Cafe. Get some cultural insight at Little Bighorn Battlefield and Yellowstone Art Museum. Explore Billings' surroundings by going to Pompeys Pillar National Monument (in Pompeys Pillar) and Big Horn County Historical Museum (in Hardin). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Moss Mansion, take in the exciting artwork at Toucan Gallery, stop by Scheels, and explore the striking landscape at The Rimrocks.

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Getting from Bozeman to Billings by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Billings when traveling from Bozeman in July, with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Billings

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Crow Agency, Pompeys Pillar National Monument, Custer Battlefield Museum, Big Horn County Historical Museum
Highlights from your plan
Moss Mansion ©
Moss Mansion
Custer Battlefield Museum ©
Custer Battlefield Museum
Custer Battlefield Trading Company ©

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