21 days in Montana Itinerary

21 days in Montana Itinerary

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

— 3 nights
Missoula is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. Missoula is known for theme parks, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at A Carousel for Missoula, sample the fine beverages at Montgomery Distillery, get a new perspective on nature at Fort Missoula Museum, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Big Sky Brewing.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Missoula planner.

San Luis Obispo to Missoula is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from San Luis Obispo in November, expect Missoula to be cooler, temps between 41°F and 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Polson.

Things to do in Missoula

Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · Museums · Fun & Games

Polson

— 1 night
Polson is a city in Lake County, Montana, United States, on the southern shore of Flathead Lake. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): explore the activities along Flathead Lake, see the interesting displays at Polson-Flathead Historical Museum, and then examine the collection at The People's Center Museum.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Polson tour itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Missoula to Polson in 1.5 hours. November in Polson sees daily highs of 40°F and lows of 24°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Polson

Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Glacier National Park

— 3 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.
Take a break from Glacier National Park with a short trip to The Polebridge Mercantile in Polebridge, about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McDonald, take in the awesome beauty at Swiftcurrent Mountain, trek along Avalanche Lake, and cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Glacier National Park driving holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Polson to Glacier National Park. Expect a daytime high around 40°F in November, and nighttime lows around 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Great Falls

— 2 nights
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): explore the world behind art at C.M. Russell Museum, then trek along River's Edge Trail, and then immerse yourself in nature at Giant Springs State Park. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Gibson Park, explore the activities along Dearborn River, and then explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of Montana.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Great Falls road trip planning site.

Getting from Glacier National Park to Great Falls by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. November in Great Falls sees daily highs of 44°F and lows of 23°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

Helena

— 3 nights
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County. Change things up with these side-trips from Helena: Butte (Berkeley Pit, Headframe Spirits, &more). There's still lots to do: sample the tasty concoctions at Blackfoot River Brewing Co, ponder the world of politics at Montana State Capitol, explore the engaging exhibits at ExplorationWorks, and catch some excitement at Great Northern Carousel.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Helena online holiday builder.

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Helena takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November in Helena, expect temperatures between 43°F during the day and 23°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Helena

Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

West Yellowstone

— 2 nights
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
On the 18th (Thu), explore the activities along Hebgen Lake, then look for gifts at Send it Home, then get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, and finally stroll through Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Madison River Outfitters and then contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone River.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the West Yellowstone attractions planning site.

Traveling by car from Helena to West Yellowstone takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Helena in November, expect West Yellowstone to be little chillier, temps between 36°F and 16°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bozeman: Fishing Charters & Tours (in Livingston) and Big Sky (Lone Peak, Big Sky Resort, &more). There's much more to do: examine the collection at American Computer & Robotics Museum, get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Rockies, get into the urban bustle at Bozeman Public Library, and get curious at Montana Science Center.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Bozeman route planner.

Drive from West Yellowstone to Bozeman in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. While traveling from West Yellowstone, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Bozeman, ranging from highs of 42°F to lows of 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Billings.

Things to do in Bozeman

Museums · Outdoors · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Billings

— 3 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 out of town with these interesting Billings side-trips: Crow Agency (Little Bighorn Battlefield & Custer Battlefield Trading Company). Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Yellowstone Cellars & Winery, examine the collection at Moss Mansion, stop by Scheels, and explore the engaging exhibits at Wise Wonders Children's Museum.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Billings online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bozeman to Billings in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Bozeman in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Billings, with lows around 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Billings

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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.