26 days in Montana Itinerary

26 days in Montana Itinerary

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26 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: New York City
foot + Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Billings
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hardin
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Great Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Glacier National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Missoula
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Helena
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
West Yellowstone
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Bozeman
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 15​min
End: New York City

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 6th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Pompeys Pillar National Monument.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Billings tour planning tool .

New York City to Billings is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Billings is minus 2 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Billings when traveling from New York City in July, with lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hardin.

Things to do in Billings

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Hardin

Hardin ©
Hardin is a city in and the county seat of Big Horn County, Montana, United States. On the 8th (Mon), take in the history at Custer Battlefield Trading Post & Cafe and then contemplate the long history of Little Bighorn Battlefield. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Big Horn County Historical Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowtail Reservoir, and then witness the site of a historic battle at Custer Battlefield Museum.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hardin trip maker website .

Drive from Billings to Hardin in an hour. In July, Hardin is much colder than Billings - with highs of 8°F and lows of 8°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Great Falls.

Things to do in Hardin

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Crow Agency, Custer Battlefield Museum
Highlights from your plan
Custer Battlefield Museum ©
Custer Battlefield Museum
Little Bighorn Battlefield ©
Little Bighorn Battlefield

1
night
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 10th (Wed): steep yourself in history at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, explore the world behind art at C.M. Russell Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Ursuline Centre, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at River's Edge Trail. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: brush up on your military savvy at Malmstrom Museum and Air Park, then identify plant and animal life at Giant Springs State Park, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Great Falls trip site .

Traveling by car from Hardin to Great Falls takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Hardin in July: high temperatures in Great Falls hover around 86°F and lows are around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
Highlights from your plan
C.M. Russell Museum ©
C.M. Russell Museum
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park

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 Running Eagle Falls and Virginia Falls. Explore hidden gems such as Two Medicine Lake and Iceberg Lake Trail. Spend the 14th (Sun) exploring nature at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier, trek along Highline Trail, take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, and take in the dramatic scenery at St.Mary Falls.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Glacier National Park vacation site .

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Glacier National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in July, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Highline Trail ©
Highline Trail
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

4
nights
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. Get a sense of the local culture at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center and St. Ignatius Mission. Garnet Ghost Town and Garden of One Thousand Buddhas will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Missoula side-trips: River Rafting & Tubing (in Alberton), Polson (Miracle of America Museum (MoAM), Sacajawea Park, & more) and National Bison Range (in Moiese). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, explore the world behind art at Missoula Art Museum, and see a world frozen in time at Garnet.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Missoula trip planning tool .

Drive from Glacier National Park to Missoula in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Helena.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Polson, Garden of One Thousand Buddhas, National Bison Range, River Rafting & Tubing, St. Ignatius Mission
Highlights from your plan
Miracle of America Museum (MoAM) ©
Miracle of America Museum (MoAM)
River Rafting & Tubing
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation ©
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

3
nights
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Grant-Kohrs Ranch and Montana Historical Society Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Mount Helena and World Museum of Mining. Take a break from Helena with a short trip to Old Montana Prison Complex in Deer Lodge, about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of St. Helena, contemplate the long history of Original Governor's Mansion, get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol, and identify plant and animal life at Gates of the Mountains.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Helena road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Missoula to Helena takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Helena can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Helena

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Deer Lodge, World Museum of Mining
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena
Mount Helena ©
Mount Helena
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains

4
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Yellowstone Historic Center and Earthquake Lake will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Beartooth Highway. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around West Yellowstone: Cooke City (Sylvia's Sweet Shoppe & Cooke City Montana Museum). Next up on the itinerary: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Two Top, cast your line with a fishing tour, and have some family-friendly fun at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the West Yellowstone trip planner .

Drive from Helena to West Yellowstone in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Helena in July, expect West Yellowstone to be little chillier, temps between 77°F and 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Cooke City, Beartooth Highway
Highlights from your plan
Yellowstone Historic Center ©
Yellowstone Historic Center
Fishing Charters & Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
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. Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Lone Peak. Explore hidden gems such as Fishing Charters & Tours and Horseback Riding Tours. Take a break from Bozeman with a short trip to Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park in Three Forks, about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at American Computer Museum, get to know the resident critters at Montana Grizzly Encounter, and take in the dramatic scenery at Palisade Falls.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Bozeman tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Bozeman in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from West Yellowstone in July, things will get a bit warmer in Bozeman: highs are around 86°F and lows about 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Big Sky, Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park
Highlights from your plan
American Computer Museum ©
American Computer Museum
Lone Peak ©
Lone Peak
Fishing Charters & Tours

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