16 days in Montana & Cody Itinerary

16 days in Montana & Cody Itinerary

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Billings
— 1 night
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Cody
— 2 nights
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West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bozeman
— 2 nights
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Helena
— 1 night
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Great Falls
— 2 nights
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Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
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Missoula
— 2 nights
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Billings

— 1 night
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 10th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at DanWalt Gardens.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Billings holiday maker website.

Dallas to Billings is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to Billings is minus 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Dallas in July, with highs in Billings at 89°F and lows at 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cody.

Things to do in Billings

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Cody

— 2 nights

Preferred Gateway to Yellowstone

A genuine cowboy city, Cody is famous for its nightly rodeos and its proximity to the protected wilderness areas of the world's first national park, now designated as one of the country's World Heritage Sites.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): stop by Cowtown Candy Company, then examine the collection at Cody Firearms Museum, then examine the collection at Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and finally examine the collection at Cody Dug Up Gun Museum.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cody online route planner.

You can drive from Billings to Cody in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Billings in July, expect nights in Cody to be about the same, around 58°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 83°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Cody

Museums · Shopping

West Yellowstone

— 2 nights
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): cast your line with a fishing tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, then get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, and finally stop by Send it Home. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: witness a stunning natural landmark at Sapphire Pool, take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, then take in the natural beauty of Daisy Geyser, then take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, and finally stroll through Observation Point Trail.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a West Yellowstone trip simple and quick.

Drive from Cody to West Yellowstone in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cody in July: high temperatures in West Yellowstone hover around 77°F and lows are around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Bozeman

— 2 nights
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. On the 15th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Soldiers Chapel, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and finally sample the fine beverages at Bozeman Spirits Distillery. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Bozeman, examine the collection at American Computer & Robotics Museum, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Palisade Falls.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Bozeman trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Bozeman takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from West Yellowstone in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Bozeman: highs are around 86°F and lows about 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Bozeman

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Adventure

Side Trip

Helena

— 1 night
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): ponder the world of politics at Montana State Capitol, explore the striking landscape of Gates of the Mountains, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Helena.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Helena attractions planner.

Getting from Bozeman to Helena by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Bozeman in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 57°F in Helena. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Helena

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature · Parks

Great Falls

— 2 nights
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): explore the world behind art at C.M. Russell Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and then admire the majestic nature at Giant Springs State Park. Keep things going the next day: walk around Gibson Park, then admire the engineering at Ryan Dam - Great Falls of the Missouri, then hike along River's Edge Trail, and finally take an in-depth tour of Ursuline Centre.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Great Falls trip site.

Traveling by car from Helena to Great Falls takes 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Glacier National Park

— 3 nights

Crown of the Continent

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.
On the 22nd (Thu), hike the day away at Highline Trail. There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at Going-to-the-Sun Road, hike along Avalanche Lake, appreciate the views at Logan Pass, and get great views at Jackson Glacier Overlook.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Glacier National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In July, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Missoula

— 2 nights
Missoula is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. On the 23rd (Fri), snap pictures at Natural Pier Bridge, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then examine the collection at Museum of Mountain Flying, then find something for the whole family at A Carousel for Missoula, and finally stop by Grizzly Hackle Fly Shop. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, examine the collection at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center, and then stroll through National Bison Range.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Missoula attractions planning app.

Getting from Glacier National Park to Missoula by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. In July in Missoula, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 53°F at night. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums

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.