24 days in Montana Itinerary

24 days in Montana Itinerary

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Bozeman
— 3 nights
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Gardiner
— 1 night
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West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
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Helena
— 3 nights
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Missoula
— 4 nights
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Whitefish
— 3 nights
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Glacier National Park
— 6 nights

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Bozeman

Bozeman ©
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Explore Bozeman's surroundings by going to Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park (in Three Forks) and Big Sky (The Soldiers Chapel, Ousel Falls Trail, &more). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Rockies, examine the collection at American Computer & Robotics Museum, hike along Middle Cottonwood Trailhead, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Bozeman.

Discover how to plan a Bozeman trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Appleton to Bozeman is an approximately 8-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Appleton to Bozeman is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Appleton in July, expect nights in Bozeman to be a bit cooler, around 50°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 86°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Gardiner.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks · Nature · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Lone Peak ©
Lone Peak
Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies
American Computer & Robotics Museum ©
American Computer & Robotics Museum

1
night
Gardiner

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Gardiner road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Bozeman to Gardiner takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Bozeman in August: high temperatures in Gardiner hover around 75°F and lows are around 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

3
nights
West Yellowstone

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
West Yellowstone is known for wildlife, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, stop by Eagle's Store, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Yellowstone, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the West Yellowstone day trip app.

Traveling by car from Gardiner to West Yellowstone takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in West Yellowstone can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Helena.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Yellowstone River ©
Yellowstone River

3
nights
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Get out of town with these interesting Helena side-trips: Deer Lodge (Grant-Kohrs Ranch, Old Montana Prison Complex, &more) and Butte (Granite Mountain Memorial Overlook & World Museum of Mining). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Gates of the Mountains, take in the exciting artwork at Archie Bray Foundation, ponder the world of politics at Montana State Capitol, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Helena.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Helena tour planner.

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Helena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from West Yellowstone in August; daily highs in Helena reach 86°F and lows reach 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Helena

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena
Montana Historical Society Museum ©
Montana Historical Society Museum

4
nights
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. Change things up with these side-trips from Missoula: National Bison Range (in Moiese), River Rafting & Tubing (in Alberton) and Polson (Miracle of America Museum, Flathead Lake, &more). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center, sample the tasty concoctions at Big Sky Brewing, look for gifts at Grizzly Hackle Fly Shop, and stroll around Jacob Island Dog Park.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Missoula tour planning tool.

You can drive from Helena to Missoula in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Whitefish.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Flathead Lake ©
Flathead Lake
River Rafting & Tubing
Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center ©
Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center

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nights
Whitefish

Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Whitefish: West Glacier (River Rafting & Tubing & Hidden Lake) and Swan Lake (in Bigfork). There's much more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at Whitefish Mountain Resort, sample the fine beverages at Glacier Distilling Company, contemplate the long history of Conrad Mansion, and take in the spiritual surroundings of First Presbyterian Church.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Whitefish tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Missoula to Whitefish in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Whitefish

Parks · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Whitefish Mountain Resort ©
Whitefish Mountain Resort
Swan Lake ©
Swan Lake

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Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©

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.
Glacier National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore and take pictures at Going-to-the-Sun Road, take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls, explore the activities along Iceberg Lake, and stroll through Iceberg Lake Trail.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park trip website.

Getting from Whitefish to Glacier National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in August, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

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