21 days in Montana Itinerary

21 days in Montana Itinerary

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Missoula
— 3 nights
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Polson
— 1 night
Drive
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Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Great Falls
— 2 nights
Drive
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Helena
— 3 nights
Drive
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West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bozeman
— 3 nights
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Billings
— 3 nights
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Missoula

Missoula is a city in the U.S. Missoula is known for theme parks, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at A Carousel for Missoula, get a new perspective on nature at Fort Missoula Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at Imagine Nation Brewing Co, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Montgomery Distillery.

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

San Luis Obispo to Missoula is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Luis Obispo to Missoula is 1 hour. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from San Luis Obispo in November, with highs in Missoula at 41°F and lows at 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Polson.

Things to do in Missoula

Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

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Polson

Polson is a city in Lake County, Montana, United States, on the southern shore of Flathead Lake. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the activities along Flathead Lake, see the interesting displays at Polson-Flathead Historical Museum, and then see the interesting displays at The People's Center Museum.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Polson day trip website.

Drive from Missoula to Polson in 1.5 hours. In November in Polson, expect temperatures between 40°F during the day and 24°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Polson

Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

3
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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.
Go for a jaunt from Glacier National Park to Polebridge to see The Polebridge Mercantile about 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake McDonald, admire all the interesting features of Going-to-the-Sun Road, take in the awesome beauty at Swiftcurrent Mountain, and hike along Avalanche Lake.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Glacier National Park road trip planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Polson to Glacier National Park. In November, plan for daily highs up to 40°F, and evening lows to 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

2
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Great Falls

Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. On the 16th (Mon), explore the world behind art at C.M. Russell Museum, then hike along River's Edge Trail, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Giant Springs State Park. Keep things going the next day: walk around Gibson Park, explore the activities along Dearborn River, and then explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of Montana.

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Drive from Glacier National Park to Great Falls in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. In November, daytime highs in Great Falls are 44°F, while nighttime lows are 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

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Helena

Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Change things up with these side-trips from Helena: Butte (Berkeley Pit, Headframe Spirits, &more). There's lots more to do: sample the tasty concoctions at Blackfoot River Brewing Co, experience the excitement of Great Northern Carousel, have fun and explore at ExplorationWorks, and get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Helena day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Helena takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 43°F, and evening lows to 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Helena

Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

2
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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 21st (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Hebgen Lake, then stop by Send it Home, then get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, and finally identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Madison River Outfitters and then contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone River.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the West Yellowstone trip planner.

Traveling by car from Helena to West Yellowstone takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, West Yellowstone is little chillier than Helena - with highs of 36°F and lows of 16°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

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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. Venture out of the city with trips to Fishing Charters & Tours (in Livingston) and Big Sky (Lone Peak, Big Sky Resort, &more). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of American Computer & Robotics Museum, get into the urban bustle at Bozeman Public Library, engage your brain at Montana Science Center, and see the sky in a new way at Museum of the Rockies.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Bozeman online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Bozeman takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from West Yellowstone in November, you will find days in Bozeman are somewhat warmer (42°F), and nights are about the same (18°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Billings.

Things to do in Bozeman

Museums · Outdoors · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trips

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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. Get out of town with these interesting Billings side-trips: Crow Agency (Little Bighorn Battlefield & Custer Battlefield Trading Company). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Yellowstone Cellars & Winery, take in the dramatic natural features at The Rimrocks, have fun and explore at Wise Wonders Children's Museum, and immerse yourself in nature at Pictograph Cave State Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Billings online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Bozeman to Billings takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Bozeman in November, Billings is a bit warmer at night with lows of 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Billings

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

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.