15 days in Montana Itinerary

15 days in Montana Itinerary

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Billings
— 2 nights
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Gardiner
— 1 night
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Big Sky
— 3 nights
Drive
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Whitefish
— 3 nights
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Glacier National Park
— 5 nights
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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 ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the history at Custer Battlefield Museum, witness the site of a historic battle at Little Bighorn Battlefield, and then witness the site of a historic battle at Custer Battlefield Trading Company.

Plan my day in Billings using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Detroit to Billings is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Detroit to Billings due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Detroit, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Billings, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in Billings

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trips

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Gardiner

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): explore the activities along Yellowstone River, trot along with a tour on horseback, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

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Traveling by car from Billings to Gardiner takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Billings in July, plan for slightly colder days in Gardiner, with highs around 77°F, while nights are colder with lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Big Sky.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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Big Sky

Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Big Sky: West Yellowstone (Madison Avenue Old Time Photos & Yellowstone Big Gun Fun). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Ousel Falls Trail, stroll through Beehive Basin Trail, stroll the grounds of The Soldiers Chapel, and hit the slopes at Big Sky Resort.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Big Sky trip planner.

You can drive from Gardiner to Big Sky in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. In July in Big Sky, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Whitefish.

Things to do in Big Sky

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

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Whitefish

Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Kids will enjoy River Rafting & Tubing and City Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Whitefish: Swan River (in Bigfork) and Polson (Sacajawea Park & Flathead Lake). Next up on the itinerary: fly down the slopes at Whitefish Mountain Resort, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Glacier Distilling Company, view the masterpieces at Sunti World Art Gallery, and get your game on at Amazing Fun Center.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Whitefish trip site.

Drive from Big Sky to Whitefish in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of shuttle, car, bus, and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Big Sky in July: high temperatures in Whitefish hover around 85°F and lows are around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Whitefish

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

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.
Glacier National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier, hike along Swiftcurrent Falls, explore the activities along Lake McDonald, and take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Glacier National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Whitefish to Glacier National Park takes 1.5 hours. In July in Glacier National Park, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 49°F at night. On the 18th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.