20 days in Montana Itinerary

20 days in Montana Itinerary

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Bozeman
— 3 nights
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West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
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Helena
— 2 nights
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Great Falls
— 2 nights
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Glacier National Park
— 7 nights
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Whitefish
— 3 nights
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Bozeman

Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Get out of town with these interesting Bozeman side-trips: Big Sky (Big Sky Resort, Ousel Falls Trail, &more) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Gardiner). There's still lots to do: take an exotic tour of Yellowstone Safari Company, see the sky in a new way at Museum of the Rockies, sample the fine beverages at Bozeman Spirits Distillery, and pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Last Wind-Up.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Bozeman online road trip planner.

Detroit to Bozeman is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Bozeman when traveling from Detroit in September, with lows around 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

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West Yellowstone

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): stop by Send it Home, find something for the whole family at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, then identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and finally cast your line with a fishing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Lone Peak and then contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone River.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read West Yellowstone online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Bozeman to West Yellowstone takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. In September, West Yellowstone is slightly colder than Bozeman - with highs of 64°F and lows of 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Helena.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Helena

Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): ponder the world of politics at Montana State Capitol, get engrossed in the history at Montana Historical Society Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Helena. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gates of the Mountains, explore the activities along Hauser Lake, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Lewis & Clark Brewing Company.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Helena online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Helena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from West Yellowstone in September, with highs in Helena at 73°F and lows at 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Great Falls.

Things to do in Helena

Parks · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites

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Great Falls

Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at C.M. Russell Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and then immerse yourself in nature at Giant Springs State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Ann Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Ursuline Centre, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sacagawea Springs, and finally tee off at Valley View Garden Golf.

Plan my day in Great Falls using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Helena to Great Falls in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Great Falls are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

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Glacier National Park

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.
On the 23rd (Thu), hike the day away at Highline Trail. And it doesn't end there: cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road, admire the verdant scenery at Logan Pass, hike along Grinnell Glacier, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Iceberg Lake Trail.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Glacier National Park day trip planner.

Getting from Great Falls to Glacier National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. In September in Glacier National Park, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Whitefish.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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Whitefish

Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Glacier National Park. On the next day, take in the exciting artwork at Sunti World Art Gallery, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then contemplate the waterfront views at Hidden Lake, and finally get engrossed in the history at Depot Park.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Whitefish sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Whitefish takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in September, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Whitefish

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.