18 days in Montana Itinerary

18 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana tour itinerary planner

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Make it your trip
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Billings
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bozeman
— 3 nights
Drive
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Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive
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West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive
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Missoula
— 3 nights
Drive
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Glacier National Park
— 6 nights
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Billings

— 2 nights
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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Big Horn County Historical Museum, then witness the site of a historic battle at Little Bighorn Battlefield, and then witness the site of a historic battle at Custer Battlefield Trading Company.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Billings trip planner.

Birmingham to Billings is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Birmingham to Billings, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Birmingham in June, with highs in Billings at 80°F and lows at 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Bozeman.

Things to do in Billings

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Bozeman

— 3 nights
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Explore Bozeman's surroundings by going to Big Sky (The Soldiers Chapel, Ousel Falls Trail, &more). There's lots more to do: look and learn at Museum of the Rockies, take in breathtaking views at Gallatin Canyon, browse for treasures at The Last Wind-Up, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Bozeman.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bozeman online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Billings to Bozeman takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Billings in June, Bozeman is little chillier at night with lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks · Outdoors · Childrens Museums · Trails

Side Trip

Gardiner

— 1 night
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): ride a horse along Wilderness Connection and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Gardiner trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Bozeman to Gardiner takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Bozeman in June: high temperatures in Gardiner hover around 69°F and lows are around 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Adventure
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West Yellowstone

— 2 nights
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): stop by Send it Home, find something for the whole family at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, then look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and finally see what you can catch with a fishing tour. On the next day, head outdoors with Madison River Outfitters, contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone River, and then get your game on at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our West Yellowstone trip builder.

Traveling by car from Gardiner to West Yellowstone takes 2 hours. In June in West Yellowstone, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Missoula.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Missoula

— 3 nights
Missoula is a city in the U.S. Change things up with these side-trips from Missoula: River Rafting & Tubing (in Superior) and Kootenai Creek Trail (in Stevensville). The adventure continues: let little ones run wild at McCormick Park, have fun at Dragon Hollow Play Area, look for gifts at Grizzly Hackle Fly Shop, and look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Missoula driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Missoula takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from West Yellowstone in June: high temperatures in Missoula hover around 78°F and lows are around 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Adventure

Side Trips

Glacier National Park

— 6 nights

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.
Glacier National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Iceberg Lake Trail, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, admire the sheer force of St.Mary Falls, and explore the activities along Swiftcurrent Falls.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Glacier National Park tour itinerary builder site.

Drive from Missoula to Glacier National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In June, daytime highs in Glacier National Park are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. On the 2nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Montana travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Wildlife Areas
The Crown of the Continent
With a population of only one million, Montana remains an untouched natural paradise of snowcapped peaks, expansive forests, and alpine lakes, dotted with Old West ghost towns, Indian reservations, and progressive urban communities. Appreciate the state's unique charm and beauty with a trip to Glacier National Park, where you can come face-to-face with Montana wildlife among its high peaks. Head to the state's largest cities, Billings and Missoula, for an array of historical attractions and cultural sightseeing.