16 days in Montana Itinerary

16 days in Montana Itinerary

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

Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at C.M. Russell Museum. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Giant Springs State Park and then trek along River's Edge Trail.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Great Falls trip planner.

London, UK to Great Falls is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from London to Great Falls due to the time zone difference. When traveling from London in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Great Falls, with highs around 34°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Helena.
Parks · Museums · Trails · Nature

Helena — 2 nights

Helena is the capital city of the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Helena and then get a new perspective on things with Montana Fishing Outfitters. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Helena, ponder the world of politics at Montana State Capitol, and then explore the striking landscape of Gates of the Mountains.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Helena trip planner.

You can drive from Great Falls to Helena in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Bozeman.
Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature · Parks

Bozeman — 3 nights

Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Get in touch with nature at Yellowstone Guidelines and Missouri Headwaters State Park. Explore hidden gems such as American Computer & Robotics Museum and Fishing Charters & Tours. There's more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Palisade Falls and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Montana Grizzly Encounter.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Bozeman trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Helena to Bozeman takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Helena in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 9°C in Bozeman. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to West Yellowstone.
Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
Side Trips

West Yellowstone — 2 nights

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then take in the awesome beauty at Lone Peak. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then find something for the whole family at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our West Yellowstone travel planner.

Getting from Bozeman to West Yellowstone by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Bozeman in August; daily highs in West Yellowstone reach 28°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Missoula.
Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Theme Parks
Side Trip

Missoula — 2 nights

Missoula is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): stroll through Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and then find something for the whole family at A Carousel for Missoula. On the next day, see what you can catch with a fishing tour and then examine the collection at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center.

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

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Missoula takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. In August, Missoula is somewhat warmer than West Yellowstone - with highs of 35°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Glacier National Park.
Wildlife · Museums · Theme Parks · Parks

Glacier National Park — 4 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Iceberg Lake Trail and McDonald Creek. Visiting St.Mary Falls and Granite Park Trail will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls, explore the activities along Fishercap Lake, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden Wall.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park holiday builder.

Traveling by car from Missoula to Glacier National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in August, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

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.