15 days in Montana Itinerary

15 days in Montana Itinerary

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15 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
1
Philipsburg
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Missoula
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Helena
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Billings
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5​h 30​min
6
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Bus:  10​h 30​min
End: New York City

1
night
Philipsburg

Philipsburg ©
Philipsburg is a town in and the county seat of Granite County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): sample the tasty concoctions at Philipsburg Brewing Company.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Philipsburg attractions planner.

New York City to Philipsburg is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in July, expect much colder with lows of 47°F in Philipsburg. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Missoula.

Things to do in Philipsburg

Museums Breweries & Distilleries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Deer Lodge
Highlights from your plan
The Sweet Palace ©
The Sweet Palace
Old Montana Prison Complex ©
Old Montana Prison Complex
Grant-Kohrs Ranch ©
Grant-Kohrs Ranch

3
nights
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like A Carousel for Missoula and National Bison Range. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and St. Ignatius Mission. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center, admire all the interesting features of University of Montana, look for gifts at Rockin Rudy's, and learn more about the world around you at Fort Missoula Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Missoula itinerary planner .

You can drive from Philipsburg to Missoula in 1.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Philipsburg in July; daily highs in Missoula reach 88°F and lows reach 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Missoula

Wildlife Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

St. Ignatius Mission, National Bison Range
Highlights from your plan
National Bison Range ©
National Bison Range
A Carousel for Missoula ©
A Carousel for Missoula

2
nights
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): ponder the world of politics at Montana State Capitol, look for gifts at The Parrot Confectionery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Helena, then take an in-depth tour of Montana Historical Society Museum, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gates of the Mountains. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Helena and then get in on the family fun at Great Northern Carousel.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Helena trip planner .

You can drive from Missoula to Helena in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. In July in Helena, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Helena

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena
Montana Historical Society Museum ©
Montana Historical Society Museum
Great Northern Carousel ©
Great Northern Carousel

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), contemplate the waterfront views at 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 get interesting insight from Tours.

To see photos and more tourist information, you can read our West Yellowstone travel planning tool .

Traveling by car from Helena to West Yellowstone takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Helena in July, with highs in West Yellowstone at 77°F and lows at 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Billings.

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
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 16th (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Yellowstone Art Museum, then explore the striking landscape at The Rimrocks, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and finally explore the striking landscape at Pompeys Pillar National Monument. On your second day here, explore the engaging exhibits at Wise Wonders Children's Museum, then see the interesting displays at Moss Mansion, then view the masterpieces at Toucan Gallery, and finally do a tasting at Yellowstone Cellars & Winery.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Billings route planning website .

Getting from West Yellowstone to Billings by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from West Yellowstone in July, you will find days in Billings are somewhat warmer (89°F), and nights are much warmer (60°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Billings

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

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

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and Virginia Falls. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Highline Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Jackson Glacier Overlook, contemplate the waterfront views at St. Mary Lake, and hike along Iceberg Lake Trail.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Glacier National Park trip simple and quick.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Billings to Glacier National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Billings in July, Glacier National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 49°F. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

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

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