29 days in Montana Itinerary

29 days in Montana Itinerary

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Fly to Lethbridge, Drive to Glacier National Park
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Glacier National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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Missoula
— 4 nights
Drive
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Helena
— 3 nights
Drive
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Great Falls
— 3 nights
Drive
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West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
Drive
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Gardiner
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bozeman
— 3 nights
Drive
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Billings
— 4 nights
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Glacier National Park

— 6 nights

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Going-to-the-Sun Road and Highline Trail. The adventure continues: trek along Avalanche Lake, tour the pleasant surroundings at Trail of the Cedars, admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls, and contemplate the waterfront views at Swiftcurrent Falls.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Glacier National Park visit planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Glacier National Park is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to Glacier National Park is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Dublin in July, expect nights in Glacier National Park to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Missoula

— 4 nights
Missoula is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. Get a sense of the local culture at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center and St. Francis Xavier Church. Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Kootenai Creek Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Missoula: National Bison Range (in Moiese), St. Ignatius Mission (in Saint Ignatius) and Garden of One Thousand Buddhas (in Arlee). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Flathead Lake, stroll around Silver Park, steep yourself in history at St. Mary's Mission, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Missoula trip planner.

Getting from Glacier National Park to Missoula by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Helena

— 3 nights
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County. Get a sense of the local culture at Cathedral of St. Helena and Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives. Your inner history buff will appreciate Grant-Kohrs Ranch and World Museum of Mining. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gates of the Mountains, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Helena, take an in-depth tour of Montana Historical Society Museum, and see what you can catch with Montana Fishing Outfitters.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Helena planner.

Traveling by car from Missoula to Helena takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Helena, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Helena

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Great Falls

— 3 nights
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Family-friendly places like Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and Holy Spirit Catholic Parish will thrill your kids. Get a sense of the local culture at St. Ann Cathedral and First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park. Explore Great Falls' surroundings by going to Fort Benton (Museum of the Northern Great Plains & Fort Benton Museums & Heritage Complex). There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Giant Springs State Park, admire the masterpieces at C.M. Russell Museum, cool off at Electric City Water Park, and take an in-depth tour of Ursuline Centre.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Great Falls trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Helena to Great Falls takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Great Falls sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Great Falls

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

West Yellowstone

— 3 nights
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Escape the urban bustle at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and Fishing Charters & Tours. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Yellowstone River and Yellowstone Big Gun Fun. You'll find plenty of places to visit near West Yellowstone: Big Sky (Nature & Wildlife Tours, Beehive Basin Trail, &more). There's more to do: look for gifts at Send it Home.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the West Yellowstone trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Great Falls to West Yellowstone takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Great Falls in July; daily highs in West Yellowstone reach 29°C and lows reach 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Gardiner

— 2 nights
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): ride a horse along Wilderness Connection and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Parks' Fly Shop, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and then get a dose of the wild on Yellowstone Year Round Safaris.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Gardiner trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from West Yellowstone to Gardiner by car takes about 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Gardiner can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Trails

Bozeman

— 3 nights
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Downtown Bozeman and The Soldiers Chapel will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Museum of the Rockies and American Computer & Robotics Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Bozeman: River Rafting & Tubing (in Big Sky) and Yellowstone Guidelines (in Livingston). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Middle Cottonwood Trailhead and take in breathtaking views at Gallatin Canyon.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Bozeman trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Gardiner to Bozeman in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, Bozeman is somewhat warmer than Gardiner - with highs of 34°C and lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Billings.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Billings

— 4 nights
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. Get a sense of the local culture at Little Bighorn Battlefield and Custer Battlefield Trading Company. Visit Yellowstone Kelly Interpretative Site and Custer Battlefield Museum for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Billings side-trips: Big Horn County Historical Museum (in Hardin) and Huntley Project Museum (in Huntley). There's still lots to do: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, admire the masterpieces at Yellowstone Art Museum, and see the interesting displays at Moss Mansion.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Billings trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Bozeman to Billings takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Bozeman in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 17°C in Billings. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Billings

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.