22 days in Montana Itinerary

22 days in Montana Itinerary

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Billings
— 3 nights
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Gardiner
— 2 nights
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Big Sky
— 3 nights
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Missoula
— 3 nights
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Glacier National Park
— 9 nights
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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. Family-friendly places like Beartooth Hwy and Horseback Riding Tours will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Billings side-trips: Red Lodge (Babcock & Miles, Lake Fork Trail, &more) and Little Bighorn Battlefield (in Crow Agency). It doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Pictograph Cave State Park and take in nature's colorful creations at DanWalt Gardens.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Billings driving holiday planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Billings is an approximately 21-hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Billings due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 18°C in Billings. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in Billings

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gardiner

— 2 nights
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone River, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Livingston Depot Center and then get a dose of the wild on Yellowstone Guidelines.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Gardiner online travel route planner.

You can drive from Billings to Gardiner in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Billings in July, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Gardiner: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Big Sky.

Things to do in Gardiner

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Big Sky

— 3 nights
Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. Kids will enjoy River Rafting & Tubing and Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. Change things up with these side-trips from Big Sky: West Yellowstone (Yellowstone Big Gun Fun & Museum of the Yellowstone). There's much more to do: hike along Ousel Falls Trail, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lone Peak, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Big Sky online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Gardiner to Big Sky in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. In July, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Big Sky

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Missoula

— 3 nights
Missoula is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. Kids will appreciate attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Dragon Hollow Play Area. Venture out of the city with trips to National Bison Range (in Moiese) and Polson (Flathead Lake Cheese, Flathead Lake, &more). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at A Carousel for Missoula, let little ones run wild at McCormick Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and grab your bike and head to Silver Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Missoula road trip site.

Traveling by car from Big Sky to Missoula takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. In July, Missoula is somewhat warmer than Big Sky - with highs of 36°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Glacier National Park

— 9 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.
On the 23rd (Fri), hike the day away at Highline Trail. The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, appreciate the views at Logan Pass, explore the activities along Iceberg Lake, and take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls.

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Traveling by car from Missoula to Glacier National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. July in Glacier National Park sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.