28 days in Montana Itinerary

28 days in Montana Itinerary

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28 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly + shuttle:  8​h 30​min
1
West Yellowstone
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Dillon
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Anaconda
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Helena
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Great Falls
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Moiese
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Kalispell
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Glacier National Park
— 6 nights
taxi + Fly:  7​h
End: San Diego

4
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Earthquake Lake and Ousel Falls Trail. Your inner history buff will appreciate Beartooth Hwy and Yellowstone Historic Center. Spend the 5th (Thu) on the water with a fishing tour. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone River and identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our West Yellowstone itinerary maker.

San Diego to West Yellowstone is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Diego to West Yellowstone due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from San Diego in October; daily highs in West Yellowstone reach 50°F and lows reach 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Dillon.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Ousel Falls Trail
Highlights from your plan
Yellowstone Historic Center ©
Yellowstone Historic Center
Fishing Charters & Tours
Earthquake Lake ©
Earthquake Lake

1
night
Dillon

Dillon ©
Dillon is a city in and the county seat of Beaverhead County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Beaverhead County Museum and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Bannack State Park.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Dillon itinerary planner.

Getting from West Yellowstone to Dillon by car takes about 2.5 hours. In October, Dillon is a bit warmer than West Yellowstone - with highs of 59°F and lows of 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Anaconda.

Things to do in Dillon

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Bannack State Park ©
Bannack State Park
Beaverhead County Museum ©
Beaverhead County Museum

4
nights
Anaconda

Anaconda ©
Anaconda, county seat of Deer Lodge County, which has a consolidated city-county government, is located in southwestern Montana of the United States. Get some cultural insight at World Museum of Mining and The Mai Wah. For shopping fun, head to The Sweet Palace or Montana Gems of Philipsburg. Get out of town with these interesting Anaconda side-trips: Deer Lodge (Grant-Kohrs Ranch & Old Montana Prison Museum), Butte (MBMG Mineral Museum & Headframe Spirits) and Philipsburg Brewing Company (in Philipsburg). It doesn't end there: tee off at Old Works and contemplate the waterfront views at Georgetown Lake.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Anaconda sightseeing planner.

Getting from Dillon to Anaconda by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Dillon in October, expect nights in Anaconda to be about the same, around 28°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Helena.

Things to do in Anaconda

Museums Golf Outdoors

Side Trips

Butte, Philipsburg, Deer Lodge
Highlights from your plan
Grant-Kohrs Ranch ©
Grant-Kohrs Ranch
Old Montana Prison Complex ©
Old Montana Prison Complex
World Museum of Mining ©
World Museum of Mining

4
nights
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Gates of the Mountains and Mount Helena. Visiting Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park and Missouri Headwaters State Park will get you outdoors. Spend the 14th (Sat) exploring nature at Helena National Forest. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Montana Historical Society, have a few drinks at Lewis & Clark Brewing Company, appreciate the extensive heritage of Last Chance Gulch, and explore the engaging exhibits at ExplorationWorks.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Helena vacation trip planner.

Traveling by car from Anaconda to Helena takes 1.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Anaconda in October: high temperatures in Helena hover around 60°F and lows are around 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Great Falls.

Things to do in Helena

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Three Forks
Highlights from your plan
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Montana Historical Society Museum ©
Montana Historical Society Museum
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park ©
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park

4
nights
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Explore hidden gems such as C. M. Russell Museum and Meadowlark Country Club. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park and The Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Giant Springs State Park, hike along River's Edge Trail, cool off at Electric City Water Park, and sample the tasty concoctions at Bowser Brewing Co..

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Great Falls online itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Helena to Great Falls takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in October, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Moiese.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Moiese

Moiese ©
On the 18th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at National Bison Range. Keep things going the next day: admire the architecture and history at St. Ignatius Mission, see the interesting displays at Miracle of America Museum, and then explore the activities along Flathead Lake.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Moiese travel itinerary creator.

You can drive from Great Falls to Moiese in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in October, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kalispell.

Things to do in Moiese

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Polson, St. Ignatius Mission
Highlights from your plan
National Bison Range ©
National Bison Range
Miracle of America Museum ©
Miracle of America Museum
St. Ignatius Mission ©
St. Ignatius Mission

2
nights
Kalispell

Kalispell ©
Kalispell is a city in, and the county seat of Flathead County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Mission Mountain Winery, then stop by Willow's HuckleberryLand, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Glacier Distilling Company. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Conrad Mansion, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Great Northern Brewing Company, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Whitefish Lake Golf Club.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kalispell vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Moiese to Kalispell takes 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Kalispell can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Kalispell

Parks Breweries & Distilleries Golf

Side Trips

Whitefish, Mission Mountain Winery, Willow's HuckleberryLand, Glacier Distilling Company
Highlights from your plan
Conrad Mansion ©
Conrad Mansion
Glacier Distilling Company ©
Glacier Distilling Company
Whitefish Lake Golf Club ©
Whitefish Lake Golf Club

6
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 off the beaten path and head to Running Eagle Falls and Iceberg Lake Trail. Step out of the city life by going to Swiftcurrent Lake and Highline Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Glacier National Park side-trips: Polebridge (Home Ranch Bottoms & The Polebridge Mercantile). Spend the 23rd (Mon) exploring nature at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Trail of the Cedars, contemplate the waterfront views at St. Mary Lake, take in the dramatic scenery at St.Mary Falls, and take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Glacier National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kalispell to Glacier National Park takes 2 hours. October in Glacier National Park sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 31°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Polebridge
Highlights from your plan
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail

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