16 days in Montana Itinerary

16 days in Montana Itinerary

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16 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Post Falls
Drive:  7​h 45​min
1
Billings
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Dillon
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Great Falls
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Glacier National Park
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  7​h
End: Reno

3
nights
Billings

Billings ©
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. Visit Little Bighorn Battlefield and Custer Battlefield Museum for their historical value. Get in touch with nature at Horseback Riding Tours and Pictograph Cave State Park. Get out of town with these interesting Billings side-trips: Bighorn Trout Shop (in Fort Smith), Pompeys Pillar National Monument (in Pompeys Pillar) and Custer Battlefield Trading Post & Cafe (in Crow Agency). There's more to do: hike along Silver Run Trails and don't miss a visit to Fishtail General Store.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Billings trip app .

Reno to Billings is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Reno in September, plan for slightly colder days in Billings, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Billings

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Crow Agency, Bighorn Trout Shop, Fishtail General Store, Custer Battlefield Museum, Silver Run Trails
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Little Bighorn Battlefield ©
Little Bighorn Battlefield
Custer Battlefield Trading Post & Cafe ©
Custer Battlefield Museum ©
Custer Battlefield Museum

3
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Take a break from the city and head to Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and Yellowstone River. Visit Earthquake Lake and The Soldiers Chapel for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sky Resort (in Big Sky) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Gardiner). The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and appreciate the extensive heritage of Yellowstone Historic Center.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read West Yellowstone day trip planner.

Getting from Billings to West Yellowstone by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Billings in September; daily highs in West Yellowstone reach 64°F and lows reach 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Dillon.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Big Sky, Horseback Riding Tours
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Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Horseback Riding Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
nights
Dillon

Dillon ©
Dillon is a city in and the county seat of Beaverhead County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Pioneer Mountain Wilderness Area, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Bannack State Park, and then take an in-depth tour of Dillon Visitor Center. On the next day, look for gifts at The Bookstore and then stroll through Lemhi Pass.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Dillon trip planner .

Getting from West Yellowstone to Dillon by car takes about 3 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from West Yellowstone in September: high temperatures in Dillon hover around 70°F and lows are around 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Great Falls.

Things to do in Dillon

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Bannack State Park ©
Bannack State Park
The Bookstore ©
The Bookstore

2
nights
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): hike along River's Edge Trail, then enjoy some music at Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and then admire the majestic nature at Giant Springs State Park. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Spirit Catholic Parish, then see the interesting displays at C.M. Russell Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Ann Cathedral.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Great Falls trip planner.

You can drive from Dillon to Great Falls in 3.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Great Falls can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
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First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park ©
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park

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.
Get outdoors at Virginia Falls and Iceberg Lake Trail. Spend the 24th (Tue) exploring nature at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. The adventure continues: hike along Grinnell Glacier, explore the striking landscape at Jackson Glacier Overlook, contemplate the waterfront views at Avalanche Lake, and admire the verdant scenery at Logan Pass.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Glacier National Park tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Great Falls to Glacier National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Glacier National Park are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

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