21 days in Montana Itinerary

21 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana itinerary planner
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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, museums, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at A Carousel for Missoula, explore the world behind art at Missoula Art Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Jumbo North Peak Trail, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Imagine Nation Brewing Co.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Missoula day trip 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. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Luis Obispo to Missoula due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from San Luis Obispo in November: high temperatures in Missoula hover around 41°F and lows are around 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Polson.
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Polson — 1 night

Polson is a city in Lake County, Montana, United States, on the southern shore of Flathead Lake. Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): explore the activities along Flathead Lake, then see the interesting displays at Polson-Flathead Historical Museum, and then examine the collection at The People's Center Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Polson attractions planning site.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Glacier National Park.
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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.
Go for a jaunt from Glacier National Park to Polebridge to see The Polebridge Mercantile about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McDonald, explore and take pictures at Going-to-the-Sun Road, take in the awesome beauty at Swiftcurrent Mountain, and appreciate the views at Logan Pass.

Find out how to plan Glacier National Park trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Polson to Glacier National Park. In November, daytime highs in Glacier National Park are 40°F, while nighttime lows are 24°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Great Falls.
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Great Falls — 2 nights

Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): examine the collection at C.M. Russell Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at River's Edge Trail, and then immerse yourself in nature at Giant Springs State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Gibson Park, then explore the activities along Dearborn River, and then have fun and explore at Children's Museum of Montana.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Great Falls trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Great Falls takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Great Falls can reach 44°F, while at night they dip to 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Helena.
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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 Butte (Berkeley Pit, Headframe Spirits, &more). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Helena, catch some excitement at Great Northern Carousel, sample the tasty concoctions at Blackfoot River Brewing Co, and get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Helena trip planner.

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Helena takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 43°F in November, and nighttime lows around 23°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to West Yellowstone.
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West Yellowstone — 2 nights

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): explore the activities along Hebgen Lake, stop by Send it Home, then find something for the whole family at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, and finally identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get interesting insight from Madison River Outfitters and then contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone River.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the West Yellowstone road trip planner.

Getting from Helena to West Yellowstone by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Helena in November, expect West Yellowstone to be slightly colder, temps between 36°F and 16°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Bozeman.
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Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

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. Change things up with these side-trips from Bozeman: Fishing Charters & Tours (in Livingston) and Big Sky (Lone Peak, Big Sky Resort, &more). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at American Computer & Robotics Museum, engage your brain at Montana Science Center, get a new perspective on nature at Museum of the Rockies, and get into the urban bustle at Bozeman Public Library.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Bozeman day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Bozeman takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from West Yellowstone in November: highs in Bozeman hover around 42°F, while lows dip to 18°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Billings.
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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. Explore Billings' surroundings by going to Crow Agency (Little Bighorn Battlefield & Custer Battlefield Trading Company). Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Yellowstone Cellars & Winery, admire the masterpieces at Yellowstone Art Museum, stop by Scheels, and immerse yourself in nature at Pictograph Cave State Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Billings trip planner.

Getting from Bozeman to Billings by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Bozeman in November, Billings is a bit warmer at night with lows of 27°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Montana travel guide

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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.
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