18 days in Helena & Glacier National Park Itinerary

18 days in Helena & Glacier National Park Itinerary

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18 days in Helena & Glacier National Park Itinerary

Start: Helena
— 14 nights
Drive:  5​h
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
End: Helena


Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Explore Helena's surroundings by going to Deer Lodge (Yesterday's Playthings, Old Montana Prison Complex, & more), Three Forks (Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, Missouri Headwaters State Park, & more) and Butte (World Museum of Mining, MBMG Mineral Museum, & more). Spend the 27th (Thu) exploring nature at Helena National Forest. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Gates of the Mountains, take an in-depth tour of Montana Historical Society Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Helena, and explore and take pictures at Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Helena visit planner .

In June in Helena, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helena

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Butte, Deer Lodge, Three Forks, Philipsburg, Anaconda
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Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park ©
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. Keep things going the next day: cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road, trek along Highline Trail, and then explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Glacier National Park trip website .

Getting from Helena to Glacier National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, train, and car. Expect slightly colder evenings in Glacier National Park when traveling from Helena in July, with lows around 49°F. On the 4th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Avalanche Lake ©
Avalanche Lake