21 days in Montana Itinerary

21 days in Montana Itinerary

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21 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Billings
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Bozeman
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
West Yellowstone
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Great Falls
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
West Glacier
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Los Angeles

3
nights
Billings

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. Your inner history buff will appreciate Little Bighorn Battlefield and Pictograph Cave State Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Billings: Custer Battlefield Trading Post & Cafe (in Crow Agency), Custer Battlefield Museum (in Garryowen) and Pompeys Pillar National Monument (in Pompeys Pillar). There's still lots to do: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, take in the exciting artwork at Carbon County Art Guild & Depot Gallery, and steep yourself in history at Fishtail General Store.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Billings attractions app .

Los Angeles to Billings is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles to Billings, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Billings when traveling from Los Angeles in June, with lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in Billings

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Crow Agency, Custer Battlefield Museum, Carbon County Art Guild & Depot Gallery, Pompeys Pillar National Monument, Fishtail General Store
Highlights from your plan
Little Bighorn Battlefield ©
Little Bighorn Battlefield
Custer Battlefield Trading Company ©
Custer Battlefield Trading Company
Custer Battlefield Museum ©
Custer Battlefield Museum

5
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. Visit Downtown Bozeman and Missouri Headwaters State Park for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sky (The Soldiers Chapel, Ousel Falls Trail, & more) and Virginia City National Historic Landmark (in Virginia City). The adventure continues: get a new perspective on nature at Museum of the Rockies, get engrossed in the history at American Computer Museum, and don't miss a visit to Emerson Cultural Center.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Bozeman driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Billings to Bozeman in 2.5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Bozeman when traveling from Billings in June, with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Big Sky, Missouri Headwaters State Park, Virginia City National Historic Landmark
Highlights from your plan
Lone Peak ©
Lone Peak
Downtown Bozeman ©
Downtown Bozeman
The Soldiers Chapel ©
The Soldiers Chapel

4
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Venture out of the city with trips to Gardiner (Horseback Riding Tours & River Rafting & Tubing) and Sylvia's Sweet Shoppe (in Cooke City). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, cruise along Beartooth Highway, contemplate the waterfront views at Earthquake Lake, and have some family-friendly fun at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the West Yellowstone travel route builder tool .

Getting from Bozeman to West Yellowstone by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Bozeman in June, with highs in West Yellowstone at 69°F and lows at 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Gardiner, Beartooth Hwy, Sylvia's Sweet Shoppe
Highlights from your plan
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Earthquake Lake ©
Earthquake Lake
Horseback Riding Tours

4
nights
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and Fort Benton Museums & Heritage Complex will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Great Falls to go to Helena and see Gates of the Mountains, which is approximately 1h 45 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Ann Cathedral, stroll through River's Edge Trail, admire all the interesting features of First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, and admire the masterpieces at C.M. Russell Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Great Falls trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Great Falls takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, car, and bus; or fly. In June, Great Falls is a bit warmer than West Yellowstone - with highs of 76°F and lows of 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to West Glacier.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, Gates of the Mountains, Fort Benton Museums & Heritage Complex
Highlights from your plan
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park ©
St. Ann Cathedral ©
St. Ann Cathedral

4
nights
West Glacier

West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Glacier National Park (Garden Wall, Grinnell Glacier, & more). There's still lots to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our West Glacier driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Great Falls to West Glacier in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In July in West Glacier, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in West Glacier

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Glacier National Park
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Garden Wall ©
Garden Wall
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road

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