18 days in Montana Itinerary

18 days in Montana Itinerary

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Helena
— 2 nights
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Great Falls
— 2 nights
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Hardin
— 2 nights
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West Yellowstone
— 4 nights
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Missoula
— 4 nights
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West Glacier
— 3 nights

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Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Popular historic sites such as Cathedral of St. Helena and Grant-Kohrs Ranch are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Gates of the Mountains and Montana Historical Society Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Helena: World Museum of Mining (in Butte) and Powell County Museum & Arts Foundation (in Deer Lodge). The adventure continues: ponder the world of politics at Montana State Capitol.

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

Seattle to Helena is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Helena is 1 hour. Expect slightly colder evenings in Helena when traveling from Seattle in September, with lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Helena

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Deer Lodge, World Museum of Mining
Highlights from your plan
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena
Grant-Kohrs Ranch ©
Grant-Kohrs Ranch

2
nights
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. On the 12th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at C.M. Russell Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Malmstrom Museum and Air Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Giant Springs State Park. On the next day, steep yourself in history at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Ann Cathedral, and then get to know the fascinating history of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Great Falls travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Helena to Great Falls takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Great Falls, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hardin.

Things to do in Great Falls

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
Highlights from your plan
C.M. Russell Museum ©
C.M. Russell Museum
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park

2
nights
Hardin

Hardin ©
Hardin is a city in and the county seat of Big Horn County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take in the history at Little Bighorn Battlefield, witness the site of a historic battle at Custer Battlefield Trading Company, and then explore the galleries of Custer Battlefield Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowtail Reservoir and then explore the striking landscape at Pompeys Pillar National Monument.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hardin trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Hardin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Great Falls in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 50°F in Hardin. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Hardin

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Crow Agency, Custer Battlefield Museum, Pompeys Pillar National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Custer Battlefield Trading Company ©
Custer Battlefield Trading Company
Custer Battlefield Museum ©
Custer Battlefield Museum
Pompeys Pillar National Monument ©
Pompeys Pillar National Monument

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nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Earthquake Lake and Museum of the Yellowstone. Visiting Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and Ousel Falls Trail will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around West Yellowstone: Willies Distillery (in Ennis) and Virginia City National Historic Landmark (in Virginia City). Next up on the itinerary: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, have some family-friendly fun at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our West Yellowstone trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Hardin to West Yellowstone takes 5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Hardin in September: high temperatures in West Yellowstone hover around 64°F and lows are around 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Missoula.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Willies Distillery, Virginia City National Historic Landmark, Ousel Falls Trail
Highlights from your plan
Earthquake Lake ©
Earthquake Lake
Virginia City National Historic Landmark
Virginia City National Historic Landmark
Fishing Charters & Tours

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Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at National Bison Range and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Garnet Ghost Town and Miracle of America Museum. Explore Missoula's surroundings by going to Philipsburg Brewing Company (in Philipsburg) and Polson (Flathead Lake & Sacajawea Park). There's more to do: examine the collection at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Missoula vacation maker.

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Missoula takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from West Yellowstone in September, with highs in Missoula at 72°F and lows at 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to West Glacier.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Polson, National Bison Range, Philipsburg Brewing Company
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation ©
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Garnet Ghost Town ©
Garnet Ghost Town
National Bison Range ©
National Bison Range

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West Glacier

West Glacier ©
West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. Explore hidden gems such as Iceberg Lake Trail and Trail of the Cedars. Do some cultural sightseeing at Conrad Mansion and Depot Park. Get out of town with these interesting West Glacier side-trips: Whitefish Depot (in Whitefish) and Glacier National Park (St.Mary Falls, Jackson Glacier Overlook, &more).

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the West Glacier holiday planning app.

Traveling by car from Missoula to West Glacier takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In September in West Glacier, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in West Glacier

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Glacier National Park, Conrad Mansion, Whitefish Depot, Depot Park
Highlights from your plan
St.Mary Falls ©
St.Mary Falls
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail
Conrad Mansion ©
Conrad Mansion

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