28 days in Montana Itinerary

28 days in Montana Itinerary

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Fly to Billings Logan International Airport, Drive to Hardin
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Hardin
— 1 night
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Cooke City
— 2 nights
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Gardiner
— 1 night
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West Yellowstone
— 4 nights
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Bozeman
— 4 nights
Drive
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Dillon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Great Falls
— 4 nights
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Glacier National Park
— 9 nights
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Hardin — 1 night

Hardin is a city in and the county seat of Big Horn County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): witness the site of a historic battle at Little Bighorn Battlefield and then get engrossed in the history at Custer Battlefield Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Big Horn County Historical Museum, stop by Bighorn Trout Shop, and then appreciate the history behind Pompeys Pillar National Monument.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hardin trip builder website.

Denver to Hardin is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. September in Hardin sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Cooke City.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks
Side Trips

Cooke City — 2 nights

Cooke City-Silver Gate is a census-designated place (CDP) in Park County, Montana, United States. On the 3rd (Sat), stop by Sylvia's Sweet Shoppe, then take an in-depth tour of Cooke City Montana Museum, and then hike along Clarks Fork Trail. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy breathtaking views from Clay Butte Fire Lookout Tower and then take a memorable drive along Beartooth Hwy.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cooke City road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Hardin to Cooke City takes 3.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Hardin in September, with highs in Cooke City at 60°F and lows at 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Gardiner.
Outdoors · Parks · Shopping · Museums
Side Trip

Gardiner — 1 night

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): look for gifts at Parks' Fly Shop and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Gardiner planner.

You can drive from Cooke City to Gardiner in 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Gardiner can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to West Yellowstone.
Shopping · Outdoors · Tours

West Yellowstone — 4 nights

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). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, explore the activities along Earthquake Lake, cast your line with Madison River Outfitters, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the West Yellowstone trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Gardiner to West Yellowstone in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in September, and nighttime lows around 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Bozeman.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
Side Trip

Bozeman — 4 nights

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: Horseback Riding Tours (in Big Sky) and Yellowstone Guidelines (in Livingston). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Rockies, cast your line with a fishing tour, get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Bozeman, and get to know the resident critters at Montana Grizzly Encounter.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Bozeman holiday planner.

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Bozeman takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from West Yellowstone in September, with highs in Bozeman at 72°F and lows at 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Dillon.
Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums
Side Trips

Dillon — 2 nights

Dillon is a city in and the county seat of Beaverhead County, Montana, United States. On the 14th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Dillon Visitor Center and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bannack State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with FishTales Outfitting.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Dillon trip planner.

You can drive from Bozeman to Dillon in 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Great Falls.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Side Trip

Great Falls — 4 nights

Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Great Falls: Helena (Montana State Capitol & Gates of the Mountains). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, steep yourself in history at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Ann Cathedral, and contemplate the waterfront views at Sacagawea Springs.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Great Falls tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Dillon to Great Falls takes 3.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Great Falls are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Glacier National Park.
Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife
Side Trips

Glacier National Park — 9 nights

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. There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McDonald, explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier, and take some stellar pictures from Jackson Glacier Overlook.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Glacier National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in September, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Montana travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Nature & Parks
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.