16 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana itinerary planner
Make it your trip
— 4 nights
Great Falls
— 2 nights
Glacier National Park
— 4 nights
— 2 nights
Big Sky
— 2 nights
Drive to Gallatin Field, Fly to Nantes


Billings — 4 nights

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. Escape the urban bustle at Horseback Riding Tours and Beartooth Slingshot Rentals. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Billings: Red Lodge (Red Lodge Mountain Golf Course & Babcock & Miles). And it doesn't end there: get in touch with nature with Globe Trekkers Tours, take in nature's colorful creations at DanWalt Gardens, take in the dramatic natural features at The Rimrocks, and sample the tasty concoctions at Angry Hank's Microbrewery.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Billings online itinerary planner.

Nantes, France to Billings is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Nantes in October, Billings is little chillier at night with lows of 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Great Falls.
Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Tours
Side Trips

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 15th (Sun): play a few rounds at Meadow Lark Country Club, then hike along River's Edge Trail, then catch a live performance at Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and finally get engrossed in the history at Ursuline Centre. On your second day here, immerse yourself in nature at Giant Springs State Park, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bowser Brewing Company, and then play a few rounds at Valley View Garden Golf.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Great Falls day trip planner.

Getting from Billings to Great Falls by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Great Falls are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Glacier National Park.
Outdoors · Parks · Golf · Nature

Glacier National Park — 4 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Grinnell Glacier and Going-to-the-Sun Road. There's still lots to do: hike along Iceberg Lake Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Trail of the Cedars, explore the activities along Bowman Lake, and take some stellar pictures from Jackson Glacier Overlook.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Glacier National Park road trip tool.

You can drive from Great Falls to Glacier National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In October, daytime highs in Glacier National Park are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Gardiner.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Gardiner — 2 nights

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
On the 21st (Sat), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and then view the masterpieces at Homeroom at Madison Crossing. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, then explore the activities along Yellowstone River, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Gardiner journey builder app.

You can drive from Glacier National Park to Gardiner in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Glacier National Park in October, expect Gardiner to be little chillier, temps between 11°C and -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Big Sky.
Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
Side Trip

Big Sky — 2 nights

Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): get outside with Outdoor Activities, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): fly down the slopes at Big Sky Resort, then stroll the grounds of The Soldiers Chapel, then tee off at Big Sky Golf Course, and finally trek along Ousel Falls Trail.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Big Sky trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Gardiner to Big Sky by car takes about 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Big Sky can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Trails

Montana travel guide

River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Wildlife Areas
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.