16 days in Central Montana Itinerary

16 days in Central Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central Montana holiday planner
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Great Falls
— 5 nights
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Fort Benton
— 1 night
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Lewistown
— 2 nights
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Chinook
— 2 nights
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Shelby
— 2 nights
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Choteau
— 3 nights
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Great Falls — 5 nights

Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Do some cultural sightseeing at The History Museum and Children's Museum of Montana. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art and Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Malmstrom Museum and Air Park, cool off at Electric City Water Park, buy something for everyone on your list at Holiday Village Mall, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bowser Brewing Company.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Great Falls trip planner.

Medford to Great Falls is an approximately 15.5-hour car ride. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Medford to Great Falls due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Medford in September, expect Great Falls to be little chillier, temps between 71°F and 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Fort Benton.
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Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Theme Parks

Fort Benton — 1 night

Fort Benton is a city in and the county seat of Chouteau County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): take in the views from Fort Benton Bridge, then take in the dramatic natural features at White Cliffs, then see the interesting displays at Museum of the Northern Great Plains, and finally contemplate the long history of Fort Benton Museums & Heritage Complex.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Fort Benton itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Fort Benton takes an hour. September in Fort Benton sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Lewistown.
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Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Lewistown — 2 nights

Lewistown is a city in and the county seat of Fergus County, Montana, United States. On the 17th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Central Montana Historical Museum. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gallatin National Forest.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Lewistown itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Fort Benton to Lewistown takes 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Lewistown can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Chinook.
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Chinook — 2 nights

Chinook is a city in and the county seat of Blaine County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): examine the collection at Blaine County Museum and then take in the history at Bear Paw Battlefield. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Beneath the Streets, delve into the distant past at Wahkpa Chu'gn Archaeological Site, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Triple Dog Brewing.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Chinook driving holiday planning site.

Getting from Lewistown to Chinook by car takes about 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Shelby.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries
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Shelby — 2 nights

Shelby is a city in and the county seat of Toole County, Montana, United States. On the 21st (Fri), look for gifts at The Prairie Peddler.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Shelby trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Chinook to Shelby in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in September, and nighttime lows around 41°F. On the 22nd (Sat), you're off to Choteau.
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Choteau — 3 nights

Choteau is a city in and the county seat of Teton County, Montana, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Old Trail Museum and Teton Pass Ski Area.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Choteau trip planner.

Traveling by car from Shelby to Choteau takes an hour. In September, daily temperatures in Choteau can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. On the 25th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.
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Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Museums