15 days in Montana Itinerary

15 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana tour itinerary planner

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Bozeman
— 1 night
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West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
Drive
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Helena
— 3 nights
Drive
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Great Falls
— 2 nights
Drive
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West Glacier
— 1 night
Drive
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Missoula
— 4 nights
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Bozeman

— 1 night
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then trot along with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of American Computer & Robotics Museum and then get a dose of the wild on Yellowstone Guidelines.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Bozeman journey planner.

Lake Geneva to Bozeman is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, train, and car. Traveling from Lake Geneva to Bozeman, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Lake Geneva in July, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Bozeman: temperatures range from 86°F by day to 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

West Yellowstone

— 3 nights
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Visiting Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and Earthquake Lake will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Fishing Charters & Tours and Museum of the Yellowstone. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, find something for the whole family at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, and take in the awesome beauty at Two Top.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the West Yellowstone trip planner.

You can drive from Bozeman to West Yellowstone in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and shuttle. In July, West Yellowstone is a bit cooler than Bozeman - with highs of 77°F and lows of 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Helena.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Helena

— 3 nights
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County. Escape the urban bustle at Gates of the Mountains and Montana Fishing Outfitters. Get some historical perspective at Cathedral of St. Helena and Great Northern Carousel. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Helena, get engrossed in the history at Montana Historical Society Museum, and ponder the world of politics at Montana State Capitol.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Helena trip builder tool.

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Helena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from West Yellowstone in July; daily highs in Helena reach 89°F and lows reach 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Helena

Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks

Great Falls

— 2 nights
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. On the 16th (Sat), steep yourself in history at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park and then admire the masterpieces at C.M. Russell Museum. Keep things going the next day: hike along River's Edge Trail and then immerse yourself in nature at Giant Springs State Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Great Falls day trip tool.

You can drive from Helena to Great Falls in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Great Falls can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to West Glacier.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

West Glacier

— 1 night
West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): trek along Trail of the Cedars, hike along Siyeh Pass, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our West Glacier trip planner.

Getting from Great Falls to West Glacier by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in July, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Missoula.

Things to do in West Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Adventure

Side Trip

Missoula

— 4 nights
Missoula is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. Take a break from the city and head to National Bison Range and Flathead Lake. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at A Carousel for Missoula and Caras Park. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, stop by Grizzly Hackle Fly Shop, enjoy some diversion at Dragon Hollow Play Area, and examine the collection at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Missoula visit planner.

Traveling by car from West Glacier to Missoula takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in July, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Montana travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Nature & Parks
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.