19 days in Montana Itinerary

19 days in Montana Itinerary

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19 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Tampa
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Whitefish
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Glacier National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Missoula
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Helena
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Bozeman
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Billings
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Tampa

2
nights
Whitefish

Whitefish ©
Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. On the 13th (Sat), make a trip to Whitefish Depot. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Lone Pine State Park, steep yourself in history at Conrad Mansion, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Glacier Distilling Company.

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Whitefish trip itinerary planner.

Tampa to Whitefish is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Tampa to Whitefish, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tampa in July, you will find days in Whitefish are slightly colder (85°F), and nights are cooler (49°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Whitefish

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kalispell, Glacier Distilling Company
Highlights from your plan
Conrad Mansion ©
Conrad Mansion
Whitefish Lake Golf Club ©
Whitefish Lake Golf Club
Glacier Distilling Company ©
Glacier Distilling Company

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.
Get in touch with nature at Running Eagle Falls and Two Medicine Lake. Explore hidden gems such as Virginia Falls and Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Highline Trail, explore the striking landscape at Jackson Glacier Overlook, tour the pleasant surroundings at Iceberg Lake Trail, and take in the dramatic scenery at St.Mary Falls.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park trip planner .

Getting from Whitefish to Glacier National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Glacier National Park can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Missoula.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail
Highline Trail ©
Highline Trail

2
nights
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. On the 20th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, get in on the family fun at A Carousel for Missoula, and then stroll around Silver Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at University of Montana, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then examine the collection at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Missoula day trip planner.

Drive from Glacier National Park to Missoula in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Missoula are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Helena.

Things to do in Missoula

Theme Parks Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation ©
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Silver Park ©
Silver Park
A Carousel for Missoula ©
A Carousel for Missoula

2
nights
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): ponder the world of politics at Montana State Capitol, stop by The Parrot Confectionery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Helena, then take an in-depth tour of Montana Historical Society Museum, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gates of the Mountains. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Great Northern Carousel and then fly down the slopes at Mount Helena.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Helena trip maker .

Getting from Missoula to Helena by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July in Helena, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Helena

Parks Nature Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Montana Historical Society Museum ©
Montana Historical Society Museum

2
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Yellowstone Historic Center, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then explore the activities along Earthquake Lake. Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the West Yellowstone road trip planner.

You can drive from Helena to West Yellowstone in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Helena in July, things will get little chillier in West Yellowstone: highs are around 77°F and lows about 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

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

2
nights
Bozeman

Bozeman ©
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): get to know the resident critters at Montana Grizzly Encounter, then see the interesting displays at American Computer Museum, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: immerse yourself in nature at Missouri Headwaters State Park and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Bozeman travel route planner.

Getting from West Yellowstone to Bozeman by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, Bozeman is somewhat warmer than West Yellowstone - with highs of 86°F and lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Billings.

Things to do in Bozeman

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Missouri Headwaters State Park
Highlights from your plan
American Computer & Robotics Museum ©
Fishing Charters & Tours
Missouri Headwaters State Park ©
Missouri Headwaters State Park

4
nights
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. Popular historic sites such as Custer Battlefield Museum and Pictograph Cave State Park are in your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Custer Battlefield Trading Post & Cafe and Pompeys Pillar National Monument. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Moss Mansion, get engrossed in the history at Western Heritage Center, take in the dramatic natural features at The Rimrocks, and sample the tasty concoctions at Angry Hank's Microbrewery.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Billings trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Bozeman to Billings in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Bozeman in July, Billings is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Billings

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Custer Battlefield Museum, Custer Battlefield Trading Company, Pompeys Pillar National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Custer Battlefield Museum ©
Custer Battlefield Museum
Custer Battlefield Trading Company ©

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