23 days in Montana Itinerary

23 days in Montana Itinerary

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23 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Billings
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Bozeman
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Big Sky
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Helena
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Great Falls
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Missoula
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Whitefish
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Glacier National Park
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Boston

1
night
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. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): explore and take pictures at Pompeys Pillar National Monument.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Billings trip planner .

Boston to Billings 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 Boston to Billings is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Boston in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Billings: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Bozeman.

Things to do in Billings

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Pompeys Pillar National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Pompeys Pillar National Monument ©
Pompeys Pillar National Monument
Moss Mansion ©
Moss Mansion
Yellowstone Art Museum ©
Yellowstone Art Museum

3
nights
Bozeman

Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Step off the beaten path and head to River Rafting & Tubing and American Computer Museum. Get outdoors at Fishing Charters & Tours and Gallatin River. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bozeman: Three Forks (Missouri Headwaters State Park & Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park). There's much more to do: meet the residents at Montana Grizzly Encounter, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Last Wind-Up, and sample the fine beverages at Bozeman Spirits Distillery.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Bozeman road trip site .

Traveling by car from Billings to Bozeman takes 2.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Billings in July since evenings lows in Bozeman dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Big Sky.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Three Forks
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
American Computer Museum ©
American Computer Museum
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park ©
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park

3
nights
Big Sky

Big Sky ©
Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. Take a break from the city and head to Beehive Basin Trail and Lone Peak. Discover out-of-the-way places like Fishing Charters & Tours and Ousel Falls Trail. There's much more to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and take in the spiritual surroundings of The Soldiers Chapel.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Big Sky sightseeing planner .

Drive from Bozeman to Big Sky in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Bozeman in July, expect Big Sky to be slightly colder, temps between 77°F and 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Big Sky

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Lone Peak ©
Lone Peak
Fishing Charters & Tours
Horseback Riding Tours

2
nights
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. On the 3rd (Sat), get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol, take in the exciting artwork at Archie Bray Foundation, admire the striking features of Cathedral of St. Helena, then take an in-depth tour of Montana Historical Society Museum, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Gates of the Mountains. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Mount Helena and then find something for the whole family at Great Northern Carousel.

You can plan Helena trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can drive from Big Sky to Helena in 3 hours. Traveling from Big Sky in August, expect Helena to be somewhat warmer, temps between 86°F and 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Helena

Nature Parks Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Mount Helena ©
Mount Helena

2
nights
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): contemplate the long history of First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, 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: take an in-depth tour of Ursuline Centre, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Spirit Catholic Parish, get to know the fascinating history of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, then examine the collection at C.M. Russell Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Ann Cathedral.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, use the Great Falls trip planner.

You can drive from Helena to Great Falls in 2 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. In August, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
Highlights from your plan
First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park ©
C.M. Russell Museum ©
C.M. Russell Museum
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park

4
nights
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. Popular historic sites such as Garnet Ghost Town and Garnet are in your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center and Miracle of America Museum (MoAM). Change things up with a short trip to National Bison Range in Moiese (about 1h 15 min away). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, get in on the family fun at A Carousel for Missoula, explore and take pictures at University of Montana, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Missoula online road trip planner .

Drive from Great Falls to Missoula in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Missoula can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Whitefish.

Things to do in Missoula

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trips

National Bison Range, Miracle of America Museum (MoAM), Garnet
Highlights from your plan
Miracle of America Museum (MoAM) ©
Miracle of America Museum (MoAM)
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation ©
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
nights
Whitefish

Whitefish ©
Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with Sunti World Art Gallery, admire the majestic nature at Lone Pine State Park, then take an in-depth tour of Conrad Mansion, and finally sample the fine beverages at Glacier Distilling Company. On the next day, play a few rounds at Whitefish Lake Golf Club, then enjoy the sand and surf at City Beach, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Great Northern Brewing Company.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Whitefish day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Missoula to Whitefish takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. August in Whitefish sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Whitefish

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kalispell, Glacier Distilling Company
Highlights from your plan
Lone Pine State Park ©
Lone Pine State Park
Conrad Mansion ©
Conrad Mansion
City Beach ©
City Beach

5
nights
Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bowman Lake and St. Mary Lake. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Virginia Falls and Trail of the Cedars. Spend the 14th (Wed) exploring nature at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Iceberg Lake Trail, explore the striking landscape at Jackson Glacier Overlook, hike along Highline Trail, and explore the activities along McDonald Creek.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park day trip planning site .

You can drive from Whitefish to Glacier National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. August in Glacier National Park sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 48°F at night. You'll set off for home on the 17th (Sat).

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail
Highline Trail ©
Highline Trail

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