19 days in Montana Itinerary

19 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana travel route maker

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West Glacier
— 3 nights
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Helena
— 3 nights
Drive
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Big Sky
— 4 nights
Drive
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Gardiner
— 3 nights
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Billings
— 5 nights
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West Glacier

— 3 nights
West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near West Glacier: Glacier National Park (Virginia Falls, Going-to-the-Sun Road, &more). Spend the 12th (Sun) exploring nature at Glacier National Park. There's much more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Trail of the Cedars, and hike along Siyeh Pass.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our West Glacier attractions planning tool.

Washington DC to West Glacier is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to West Glacier is minus 2 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Washington DC in June: highs in West Glacier hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Helena.

Things to do in West Glacier

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Helena

— 3 nights
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County. Venture out of the city with trips to Old Montana Prison Complex (in Deer Lodge) and World Museum of Mining (in Butte). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gates of the Mountains, take an in-depth tour of Montana Historical Society Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Helena, and get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Helena trip builder website.

Traveling by car from West Glacier to Helena takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Helena can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Big Sky.

Things to do in Helena

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Big Sky

— 4 nights
Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. Take a break from Big Sky with a short trip to Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park in Three Forks, about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, trek along Ousel Falls Trail, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lone Peak, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Big Sky trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Helena to Big Sky in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Helena in June, things will get slightly colder in Big Sky: highs are around 69°F and lows about 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in Big Sky

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Gardiner

— 3 nights
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gardiner: West Yellowstone (Yellowstone Big Gun Fun & Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center). Next up on the itinerary: trot along with a tour on horseback, take a memorable drive along Beartooth Hwy, contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone River, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Gardiner driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Big Sky to Gardiner in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. June in Gardiner sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Billings.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

Billings

— 5 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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Billings: Little Bighorn Battlefield (in Crow Agency), Pompeys Pillar National Monument (in Pompeys Pillar) and Big Horn County Historical Museum (in Hardin). The adventure continues: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, examine the collection at Crazy Mountain Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at DanWalt Gardens, and don't miss a visit to Two Rivers Gallery.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Billings vacation maker tool.

Traveling by car from Gardiner to Billings takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Gardiner in June; daily highs in Billings reach 80°F and lows reach 54°F. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Billings

Museums · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Montana travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Nature & Parks
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.