17 days in Montana Itinerary

17 days in Montana Itinerary

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

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Bozeman

Bozeman ©
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park and Ousel Falls Trail. Escape the urban bustle at Yellowstone Safari Company and Missouri Headwaters State Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bozeman: Big Sky (Horseback Riding Tours & Lone Peak). The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, examine the collection at American Computer & Robotics Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Montana Grizzly Encounter, and take in breathtaking views at Gallatin Canyon.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Bozeman sightseeing planning tool.

Washington DC to Bozeman is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Bozeman is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Washington DC in September, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Bozeman: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 41°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park ©
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park
Yellowstone Safari Company ©
Yellowstone Safari Company
Lone Peak ©
Lone Peak

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West Yellowstone

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then contemplate the waterfront views at Hebgen Lake, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Earthquake Lake. Here are some ideas for day two: head off-road at Back Country Snowmobile Adventures, see the interesting displays at Museum of the Yellowstone, take in the awesome beauty at Two Top, then get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our West Yellowstone holiday planner.

Drive from Bozeman to West Yellowstone in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Bozeman in September; daily highs in West Yellowstone reach 64°F and lows reach 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Helena.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Gates of the Mountains, then ponder the world of politics at Montana State Capitol, then take an in-depth tour of Montana Historical Society Museum, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of St. Helena.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Helena online tour planner.

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Helena in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from West Yellowstone in September, with highs in Helena at 73°F and lows at 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Helena

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Montana Historical Society Museum ©
Montana Historical Society Museum
Montana State Capitol ©
Montana State Capitol

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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 20th (Sun): trek along River's Edge Trail, then examine the collection at C.M. Russell Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, and finally walk around Gibson Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Mon): snap pictures at Fort Benton Bridge, contemplate the long history of Fort Benton Museums & Heritage Complex, then brush up on your military savvy at Malmstrom Museum and Air Park, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Giant Springs State Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Great Falls trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Helena to Great Falls takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park
River's Edge Trail ©
River's Edge Trail
C.M. Russell Museum ©
C.M. Russell Museum

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Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Iceberg Lake Trail and Trail of the Cedars. Visiting St. Mary Lake and Swiftcurrent Falls will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Glacier National Park to Browning to see Museum of the Plains Indian about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Fishercap Lake, admire the sheer force of Baring Falls, and take some stellar pictures from Jackson Glacier Overlook.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park road trip planner.

You can drive from Great Falls to Glacier National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. September in Glacier National Park sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kalispell.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

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McDonald Creek ©
McDonald Creek
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail
Virginia Falls ©
Virginia Falls

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Kalispell

Kalispell ©
Kalispell is a city in, and the county seat of Flathead County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): whizz through the canopy at Glacier ZipLines, get interesting insight from State of Mind Fishing Charters LLC, and then don't miss a visit to Whitefish Depot. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Conrad Mansion, admire the majestic nature at Lone Pine State Park, then play a few rounds at Whitefish Lake Golf Club, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally stroll through Swan River Nature Trail.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kalispell trip itinerary builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Glacier National Park to Kalispell. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in September, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Missoula.

Things to do in Kalispell

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
State of Mind Fishing Charters LLC ©
State of Mind Fishing Charters LLC
Glacier ZipLines ©
Glacier ZipLines
Lone Pine State Park ©
Lone Pine State Park

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Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Grant-Kohrs Ranch, see the interesting displays at Old Montana Prison Complex, examine the collection at Yesterday's Playthings, then see a world frozen in time at Garnet Ghost Town, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Big Sky Brewing. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at National Bison Range, explore the activities along Flathead Lake, and then examine the collection at Miracle of America Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Missoula online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kalispell to Missoula takes 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Missoula can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
National Bison Range ©
National Bison Range
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation ©
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Grant-Kohrs Ranch ©
Grant-Kohrs Ranch

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