16 days in Southwest Montana Itinerary

16 days in Southwest Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southwest Montana itinerary planner

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Ennis
— 1 night
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Dillon
— 2 nights
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Butte
— 4 nights
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Philipsburg
— 1 night
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Helena
— 7 nights
Drive to Missoula International Airport, Fly to Moline

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Ennis

— 1 night
Ennis is a town in Madison County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): trek along Spirit of the North Sled Dog Adventures. Keep things going the next day: stroll the grounds of Boothill Cemetery, take an in-depth tour of J.Spencer Watkins Memorial Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Virginia City National Historic Landmark, and finally sample the fine beverages at Willies Distillery.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Ennis trip planner.

Moline to Ennis is an approximately 19.5-hour car ride. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Moline in June: high temperatures in Ennis hover around 76°F and lows are around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Dillon.

Things to do in Ennis

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Dillon

— 2 nights
Dillon is a city in and the county seat of Beaverhead County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): stop by The Bookstore, see a world frozen in time at Bannack State Park, and then explore the activities along Beaverhead River. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Tue): examine the collection at Beaverhead County Museum, take an in-depth tour of Dillon Visitor Center, and then admire the majestic nature at Clark's Lookout State Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Dillon holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Ennis to Dillon takes 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Dillon are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Butte.

Things to do in Dillon

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Butte

— 4 nights
Butte is a city in, and the county seat of Silver Bow County, Montana, United States. Appreciate the collections at Powell County Museum & Arts Foundation and MBMG Mineral Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Grant-Kohrs Ranch and The Mai Wah. Venture out of the city with trips to Deer Lodge (Yesterday's Playthings, Old Montana Prison Complex, &more) and Anaconda (Georgetown Lake & Lost Creek State Park). There's still lots to do: tee off at Old Works, contemplate the long history of Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives, take some stellar pictures from Berkeley Pit, and admire the natural beauty at Old Lexington Stamp Mill and Gardens.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Butte trip planner.

You can drive from Dillon to Butte in 1.5 hours. June in Butte sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Philipsburg.

Things to do in Butte

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Philipsburg

— 1 night
Philipsburg is a town in and the county seat of Granite County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): mingle with the ghosts of the past at Granite Ghost Town State Park, then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine, then look for gifts at Montana Gems of Philipsburg, and finally take an in-depth tour of Granite County Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Philipsburg itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Butte to Philipsburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in July, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Helena.

Things to do in Philipsburg

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Helena

— 7 nights
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County. Take a break from the city and head to Mount Helena and Montana Fishing Outfitters. Appreciate the collections at Archie Bray Foundation and Holter Museum of Art. Spend the 8th (Thu) exploring nature at Helena National Forest. There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Spring Meadow Lake State Park, admire the landmark architecture of Original Governor's Mansion, explore the striking landscape of Gates of the Mountains, and stroll through MacDonald Pass.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Helena online travel planner.

You can drive from Philipsburg to Helena in 2 hours. Traveling from Philipsburg in July, expect Helena to be a bit warmer, temps between 89°F and 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helena

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums