30 days in Montana Itinerary

30 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana tour planner

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Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
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Whitefish
— 3 nights
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Libby
— 1 night
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Missoula
— 5 nights
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Helena
— 4 nights
Drive
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Great Falls
— 3 nights
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West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
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Bozeman
— 4 nights
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Billings
— 4 nights
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Glacier National Park

— 3 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.
Glacier National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire all the interesting features of Going-to-the-Sun Road, explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier, get outside with John's Lake Loop, and explore the activities along Lake McDonald.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Glacier National Park trip itinerary app.

New York City to Glacier National Park is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from New York City to Glacier National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect colder evenings in Glacier National Park when traveling from New York City in July, with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Whitefish.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Whitefish

— 3 nights
Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Whitefish: Art Fusion (in Bigfork) and West Glacier (River Rafting & Tubing, Glacier View Golf Club, &more). There's lots more to do: learn the secrets of beer at Big Sky Brews Cruise, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Matthew's Church, and delve into the lush surroundings at Flathead National Forest.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Whitefish day trip planning site.

Getting from Glacier National Park to Whitefish by car takes about an hour. In July in Whitefish, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Libby.

Things to do in Whitefish

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Libby

— 1 night
Libby is a city in and the county seat of Lincoln County, Montana. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): take in the views from Kootenai Falls Suspension Bridge, then wander the wide-open spaces of McGinnis Meadows Cattle and Guest Ranch, and then get advice or help at Libby Dam Visitor Center.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Libby road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Whitefish to Libby takes 2 hours. Traveling from Whitefish to Libby, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Libby can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Missoula.

Things to do in Libby

Parks

Missoula

— 5 nights
Missoula is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. Get out of town with these interesting Missoula side-trips: Philipsburg (Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine, Montana Gems of Philipsburg, &more), River Rafting & Tubing (in Alberton) and Garden of One Thousand Buddhas (in Arlee). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rattlesnake National Recreation Area, stroll around Jacob Island Dog Park, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Imagine Nation Brewing Co, and see the interesting displays at Museum of Mountain Flying.

Plan my day in Missoula using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Libby to Missoula in 3.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Libby to Missoula due to the time zone difference. July in Missoula sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Helena.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Helena

— 4 nights
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County. Helena is known for nature, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see what you can catch with Montana Fishing Outfitters, take an in-depth tour of Montana Historical Society Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Tizer Botanical Gardens & Arboretum, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lewis & Clark Brewing Company.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Helena online tour itinerary builder.

Drive from Missoula to Helena in 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Helena

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Great Falls

— 3 nights
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Great Falls side-trips: Shelby (Carousel Rest Area of Shelby & The Prairie Peddler). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, explore the world behind art at C.M. Russell Museum, immerse yourself in nature at Giant Springs State Park, and stroll around Gibson Park.

You can plan Great Falls trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Getting from Helena to Great Falls by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: 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 20th (Tue) so you can drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

West Yellowstone

— 2 nights
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): look for gifts at Send it Home, then find something for the whole family at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, then identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and finally head outdoors with Madison River Outfitters. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): get outside with Grizzly Outfitters Ski & Backcountry Sports, take in the awesome beauty at Lone Peak, and then explore the activities along Earthquake Lake.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the West Yellowstone trip planner.

You can drive from Great Falls to West Yellowstone in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Great Falls in July, with highs in West Yellowstone at 29°C and lows at 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

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. Explore Bozeman's surroundings by going to Big Sky (Fishing Charters & Tours, Big Sky Resort, &more). There's lots more to do: engage your brain at Museum of the Rockies, get engrossed in the history at Gallatin History Museum, stop by The Last Wind-Up, and sample the tasty concoctions at Madison River Brewing.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Bozeman trip website.

Getting from West Yellowstone to Bozeman by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from West Yellowstone in July, things will get a bit warmer in Bozeman: highs are around 35°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Billings.

Things to do in Bozeman

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · 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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Billings: Pompeys Pillar National Monument (in Pompeys Pillar) and Crow Agency (Custer Battlefield Trading Company & Little Bighorn Battlefield). There's still lots to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, have fun at Black Butte Range, admire the masterpieces at Yellowstone Art Museum, and look for gifts at Scheels.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Billings trip planner.

You can drive from Bozeman to Billings in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Bozeman in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Billings, with lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Billings

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Montana travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Wildlife Areas
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.