17 days in Montana Itinerary

17 days in Montana Itinerary

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17 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Newcastle
Fly + Drive:  28​h
1
Whitefish
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Saint Ignatius
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Helena
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Dillon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Red Lodge
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Bozeman
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  26​h
End: Newcastle

1
night
Whitefish

Whitefish ©
Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Flashpoint Outdoor Laser Tag, then play a few rounds at Whitefish Lake Golf Club, and then kick back and relax at City Beach. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Conrad Mansion, hike along Siyeh Pass, and then trek along Trail of the Cedars.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Whitefish visit planner.

Newcastle, Australia to Whitefish is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -17 hour difference. Traveling from Newcastle in March, things will get colder in Whitefish: highs are around 9°C and lows about -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Saint Ignatius.

Things to do in Whitefish

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Glacier National Park, Conrad Mansion
Highlights from your plan
City Beach ©
City Beach
Conrad Mansion ©
Conrad Mansion
Trail of the Cedars ©
Trail of the Cedars

1
night
Saint Ignatius

Saint Ignatius ©
St. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): admire the architecture and history at St. Ignatius Mission, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Garden of One Thousand Buddhas, and then look for all kinds of wild species at National Bison Range.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Saint Ignatius trip planner .

You can drive from Whitefish to Saint Ignatius in 2 hours. In March in Saint Ignatius, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Helena.

Things to do in Saint Ignatius

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Garden of One Thousand Buddhas, National Bison Range
Highlights from your plan
National Bison Range ©
National Bison Range
St. Ignatius Mission ©
St. Ignatius Mission
Garden of One Thousand Buddhas ©
Garden of One Thousand Buddhas

2
nights
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Gates of the Mountains, then admire the masterpieces at Holter Museum of Art, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of St. Helena, and finally admire the striking features of Original Governor's Mansion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Helena, get engrossed in the history at Montana Historical Society Museum, then stop by The Parrot Confectionery, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Helena day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Saint Ignatius to Helena in 2.5 hours. March in Helena sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Dillon.

Things to do in Helena

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Mount Helena ©
Mount Helena
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena

2
nights
Dillon

Dillon ©
Dillon is a city in and the county seat of Beaverhead County, Montana, United States. On the 19th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Dillon Visitor Center, take in the awesome beauty at Pioneer Mountain Wilderness Area, and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Bannack State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Beaverhead County Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lemhi Pass.

Plan trip to Dillon with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Helena to Dillon takes 2.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Dillon can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Dillon

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Bannack State Park ©
Bannack State Park
Lemhi Pass ©
Lemhi Pass
Beaverhead County Museum ©
Beaverhead County Museum

2
nights
West Yellowstone

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Two Top and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get your game on at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos, then find something for the whole family at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, and then explore the activities along Earthquake Lake.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read West Yellowstone trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Dillon to West Yellowstone takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Dillon in March, things will get slightly colder in West Yellowstone: highs are around 3°C and lows about -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Red Lodge.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Earthquake Lake ©
Earthquake Lake
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun ©
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun

2
nights
Red Lodge

Red Lodge ©
Red Lodge is a city in and the county seat of Carbon County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): admire all the interesting features of Beartooth Highway and then fly down the slopes at Red Lodge Mountain. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary, steep yourself in history at Fishtail General Store, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Silver Run Trails.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Red Lodge trip planner.

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Red Lodge in 4 hours. In March, Red Lodge is somewhat warmer than West Yellowstone - with highs of 11°C and lows of -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Bozeman.

Things to do in Red Lodge

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Fishtail General Store, Beartooth Hwy
Highlights from your plan
Red Lodge Mountain ©
Red Lodge Mountain
Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary
Fishtail General Store ©
Fishtail General Store

3
nights
Bozeman

Bozeman ©
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Visiting Bridger Bowl and Montana Grizzly Encounter will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ousel Falls Trail and Lone Peak. Go for a jaunt from Bozeman to Three Forks to see Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park about 1h 20 min away.

Plan my day in Bozeman using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Red Lodge to Bozeman in 2.5 hours. In March in Bozeman, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and -5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Big Sky, Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park
Highlights from your plan
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park ©
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park
Montana Grizzly Encounter ©
Montana Grizzly Encounter

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