27 days in Montana Itinerary

27 days in Montana Itinerary

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27 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Bozeman
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Cooke City
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Great Falls
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Missoula
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Libby
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
West Glacier
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Portland

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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bozeman: Big Sky (Big Sky Resort, Big Sky Chapel, & more) and Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park (in Three Forks). There's much more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Museum of the Rockies, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Montana Grizzly Encounter, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take an in-depth tour of American Computer & Robotics Museum.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Bozeman trip itinerary planning site .

Portland to Bozeman is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Portland to Bozeman is 1 hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Portland in May, with highs in Bozeman at 65°F and lows at 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Big Sky, Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park
Highlights from your plan
Big Sky Resort ©
Big Sky Resort
Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies
American Computer & Robotics Museum ©

3
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 Big Sky (Lone Peak & Ousel Falls Trail) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Gardiner). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, get interesting insight from Tours, get your game on at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos, and explore the activities along Yellowstone River.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read West Yellowstone trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Bozeman to West Yellowstone takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Bozeman in May: high temperatures in West Yellowstone hover around 57°F and lows are around 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cooke City.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Big Sky, Horseback Riding Tours
Highlights from your plan
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun ©
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun
Yellowstone River ©
Yellowstone River

2
nights
Cooke City

Cooke City ©
Cooke City-Silver Gate is a census-designated place (CDP) in Park County, Montana, United States. On the 12th (Tue), hike along Clarks Fork Trail, explore and take pictures at Beartooth Hwy, then get engrossed in the history at Cooke City Montana Museum, and finally look for gifts at Sylvia's Sweet Shoppe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): stroll through Lake Fork Trail, then stroll through Silver Run Trails, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Clay Butte Fire Lookout Tower.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cooke City vacation maker .

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Cooke City in 2.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Cooke City are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 27°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Great Falls.

Things to do in Cooke City

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Red Lodge, Beartooth Hwy
Highlights from your plan
Cooke City Montana Museum ©
Cooke City Montana Museum
Clay Butte Fire Lookout Tower ©
Clay Butte Fire Lookout Tower

4
nights
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Great Falls: Helena (Montana State Capitol, Gates of the Mountains, & more) and Shelby (Montana Veteran's Memorial Flag and Park & Roadrunner Trail). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, get engrossed in the history at Ursuline Centre, explore the world behind art at C.M. Russell Museum, and admire the majestic nature at Giant Springs State Park.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Great Falls journey maker .

You can drive from Cooke City to Great Falls in 5.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Cooke City in May, with highs in Great Falls at 65°F and lows at 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Helena, Shelby
Highlights from your plan
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park

4
nights
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. Change things up with these side-trips from Missoula: River Rafting & Tubing (in Superior), Polson (Flathead Lake & Sacajawea Park) and Kootenai Creek Trail (in Stevensville). There's still lots to do: hike along Rattlesnake National Recreation Area, find something for the whole family at A Carousel for Missoula, stop by Grizzly Hackle Fly Shop, and stroll through Seeley Lake Nordic Trails.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Missoula trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from Great Falls to Missoula in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Missoula, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Libby.

Things to do in Missoula

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Polson, Lolo Trail, Kootenai Creek Trail, Seeley Lake Nordic Trails, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Rattlesnake National Recreation Area ©
A Carousel for Missoula ©
A Carousel for Missoula
Silver Park ©
Silver Park

2
nights
Libby

Libby ©
Libby is a city in and the county seat of Lincoln County, Montana. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): admire the engineering at Libby Dam Visitor Center, get a taste of life in the country at McGinnis Meadows Cattle and Guest Ranch, and then snap pictures at Kootenai Falls Suspension Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Libby Heritage Museum, identify plant and animal life at Ross Creek Cedar Grove Scenic Area, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Yaak Rver.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Libby online route planner .

Traveling by car from Missoula to Libby takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Missoula to Libby, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. May in Libby sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to West Glacier.

Things to do in Libby

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Troy
Highlights from your plan
Yaak Rver ©
Yaak Rver
Kootenai Falls Suspension Bridge ©
Kootenai Falls Suspension Bridge

7
nights
West Glacier

West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from West Glacier: Glacier National Park (Jackson Glacier Overlook, Virginia Falls, & more). And it doesn't end there: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the activities along Lake McDonald, and take an in-depth tour of Depot Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the West Glacier visit site .

Traveling by car from Libby to West Glacier takes 2.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Libby in May since evenings lows in West Glacier dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in West Glacier

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

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

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