17 days in Montana Itinerary

17 days in Montana Itinerary

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17 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Billings
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Butte
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Helena
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Great Falls
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Glacier National Park
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Los Angeles

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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Custer Battlefield Museum and Custer Battlefield Trading Post & Cafe. You'll explore and learn at Big Horn County Historical Museum and Toucan Gallery. Step out of Billings with an excursion to Little Bighorn Battlefield in Crow Agency--about 1h 40 min away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Moss Mansion, sample the tasty concoctions at Canyon Creek Brewing, stop by Scheels, and learn about winemaking at Yellowstone Cellars & Winery.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Billings holiday builder tool .

Los Angeles to Billings is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Los Angeles to Billings. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in May, with highs in Billings at 67°F and lows at 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Billings

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Crow Agency, Custer Battlefield Museum, Big Horn County Historical Museum
Highlights from your plan
Custer Battlefield Museum ©
Custer Battlefield Museum
Little Bighorn Battlefield ©
Little Bighorn Battlefield

3
nights
West Yellowstone

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Earthquake Lake and Yellowstone Historic Center. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fishing Charters & Tours and Horseback Riding Tours. Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and have some family-friendly fun at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read West Yellowstone trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Billings to West Yellowstone takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Billings in May, things will get slightly colder in West Yellowstone: highs are around 57°F and lows about 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Butte.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Yellowstone Historic Center ©
Yellowstone Historic Center
Earthquake Lake ©
Earthquake Lake

2
nights
Butte

Butte ©
Butte is a city in, and the county seat of Silver Bow County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at World Museum of Mining, see the interesting displays at Old Montana Prison Complex, then see the interesting displays at Yesterday's Playthings, then get a taste of life in the country at Grant-Kohrs Ranch, and finally see the interesting displays at Powell County Museum & Arts Foundation. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at MBMG Mineral Museum, then steep yourself in history at Copper King Mansion, then get great views at Old Lexington Stamp Mill and Gardens, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Headframe Spirits.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Butte online vacation planner .

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Butte in 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Butte can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Butte

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Deer Lodge
Highlights from your plan
Old Montana Prison Complex ©
Old Montana Prison Complex
World Museum of Mining ©
World Museum of Mining
Grant-Kohrs Ranch ©
Grant-Kohrs Ranch

2
nights
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): admire the striking features of Original Governor's Mansion, get engrossed in the history at Montana Historical Society Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Helena, and finally ponder the world of politics at Montana State Capitol. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Archie Bray Foundation, sample the tasty concoctions at Lewis & Clark Brewing Company, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Blackfoot River Brewing Co.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Helena trip planner .

Traveling by car from Butte to Helena takes 1.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Butte in May: high temperatures in Helena hover around 67°F and lows are around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Helena

Breweries & Distilleries Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Lewis & Clark Brewing Company ©
Lewis & Clark Brewing Company
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena
Montana Historical Society Museum ©
Montana Historical Society Museum

2
nights
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. On the 24th (Fri), get to know the fascinating history of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, admire the masterpieces at C.M. Russell Museum, and then steep yourself in history at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Ann Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Ursuline Centre, then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Spirit Catholic Parish, and finally admire the majestic nature at Giant Springs State Park.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Great Falls holiday maker tool .

Traveling by car from Helena to Great Falls takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. May in Great Falls sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Great Falls

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
Highlights from your plan
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
C.M. Russell Museum ©
C.M. Russell Museum
First Peoples Buffalo Jump 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and St. Mary Lake. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden Wall, contemplate the waterfront views at Two Medicine Lake, admire all the interesting features of Going-to-the-Sun Road, and take in the dramatic natural features at Jackson Glacier Overlook.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Glacier National Park trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Glacier National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Glacier National Park are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Two Medicine Lake ©
Two Medicine Lake
Garden Wall ©
Garden Wall

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