15 days in Montana Itinerary

15 days in Montana Itinerary

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15 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Knoxville
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Bozeman
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Helena
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Missoula
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Whitefish
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Glacier National Park
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  8​h
End: Knoxville

2
nights
Bozeman

Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Take a break from the city and head to Horseback Riding Tours and Ousel Falls Trail. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Montana Grizzly Encounter and Bozeman Spirits Distillery. When in Bozeman, make a side trip to see The Soldiers Chapel in Big Sky, approximately 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: see what you can catch with a fishing tour and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Bozeman road trip planning app .

Knoxville to Bozeman is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Knoxville in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be cooler in Bozeman, with lows of 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Big Sky
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River Rafting & Tubing
Fishing Charters & Tours
Horseback Riding Tours

3
nights
West Yellowstone

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Step off the beaten path and head to Horseback Riding Tours and Earthquake Lake. Visiting Fishing Charters & Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Yellowstone Historic Center, have some family-friendly fun at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos, take in the awesome beauty at Two Top, and identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.

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Traveling by car from Bozeman to West Yellowstone takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Bozeman in August, with highs in West Yellowstone at 75°F and lows at 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Helena.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

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Horseback Riding Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Helena, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Helena, and then identify plant and animal life at Gates of the Mountains. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Montana Historical Society Museum, then get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol, and then get in on the family fun at Great Northern Carousel.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Helena trip planner .

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Helena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from West Yellowstone in August, things will get a bit warmer in Helena: highs are around 86°F and lows about 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Missoula.

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Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena
Mount Helena ©
Mount Helena
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains

2
nights
Missoula

Missoula is a city in the U.S. On the 25th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, find something for the whole family at A Carousel for Missoula, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Silver Park. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Big Sky Brewing.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Missoula trip planner .

You can drive from Helena to Missoula in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Whitefish.

Things to do in Missoula

Outdoors Tours Theme Parks

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation ©
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Silver Park ©
Silver Park

1
night
Whitefish

Whitefish ©
Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. On the 27th (Tue), browse the exhibits of Conrad Mansion, tee off at Whitefish Lake Golf Club, and then stroll through City Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Whitefish online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Missoula to Whitefish takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Whitefish

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Conrad Mansion
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Conrad Mansion ©
Conrad Mansion
Whitefish Lake Golf Club ©
Whitefish Lake Golf Club
City Beach ©
City Beach

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Virginia Falls and St. Mary Lake. Get outdoors at St.Mary Falls and Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. The adventure continues: hike along Iceberg Lake Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Jackson Glacier Overlook, tour the pleasant surroundings at Highline Trail, and contemplate the waterfront views at Two Medicine Lake.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Glacier National Park online tour itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Whitefish to Glacier National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in August, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

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

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