15 days in Montana Itinerary

15 days in Montana Itinerary

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15 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: New Orleans
Fly + taxi:  9​h 45​min
1
Glacier National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Great Falls
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Dillon
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Billings
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: New Orleans

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Virginia Falls and Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. There's still lots to do: stroll through Iceberg Lake Trail, trek along Highline Trail, explore the striking landscape at Jackson Glacier Overlook, and contemplate the waterfront views at Avalanche Lake.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Glacier National Park online trip itinerary planner .

New Orleans to Glacier National Park is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from New Orleans to Glacier National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder nights when traveling from New Orleans in July since evenings lows in Glacier National Park dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

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 16th (Tue): admire the majestic nature at Giant Springs State Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and then hike along River's Edge Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Ann Cathedral, explore the world behind art at C.M. Russell Museum, then explore and take pictures at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bowser Brewing Company.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Great Falls trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Great Falls takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Great Falls, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Dillon.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

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
Dillon

Dillon ©
Dillon is a city in and the county seat of Beaverhead County, Montana, United States. On the 18th (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at Pioneer Mountain Wilderness Area, then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Bannack State Park, and then take an in-depth tour of Dillon Visitor Center.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Dillon tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Dillon takes 3.5 hours. July in Dillon sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Dillon

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Bannack State Park ©
Bannack State Park

3
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Get some historical perspective at Earthquake Lake and Yellowstone Historic Center. Take a break from the city and head to Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and Horseback Riding Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from West Yellowstone: Big Sky (Ousel Falls Trail & Big Sky Resort) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Gardiner). There's still lots to do: have some family-friendly fun at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your West Yellowstone trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Dillon to West Yellowstone in 3 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Dillon in July: high temperatures in West Yellowstone hover around 77°F and lows are around 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Billings.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Gardiner, Big Sky
Highlights from your plan
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Horseback Riding 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. Visiting Horseback Riding Tours and Pompeys Pillar National Monument will get you outdoors. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Little Bighorn Battlefield and Custer Battlefield Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Billings: Fishtail General Store (in Fishtail) and Custer Battlefield Trading Post & Cafe (in Crow Agency). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Yellowstone Cellars & Winery, take in the dramatic natural features at The Rimrocks, take in the exciting artwork at Toucan Gallery, and stop by Scheels.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Billings itinerary planner .

Getting from West Yellowstone to Billings by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. When traveling from West Yellowstone in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Billings, with highs around 89°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Billings

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Crow Agency, Pompeys Pillar National Monument, Fishtail General Store, Custer Battlefield Museum
Highlights from your plan
Little Bighorn Battlefield ©
Little Bighorn Battlefield
Custer Battlefield Trading Post & Cafe ©
Custer Battlefield Museum ©
Custer Battlefield Museum

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