30 days in Montana Itinerary

30 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana sightseeing planner
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Fly to Billings Logan International Airport, Drive to Hardin
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Hardin
— 1 night
Drive
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Cooke City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gardiner
— 3 nights
Drive
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West Yellowstone
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bozeman
— 5 nights
Drive
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Whitefish
— 5 nights
Drive
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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. On the 14th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Big Horn County Historical Museum and then take in the dramatic natural features at Pompeys Pillar National Monument. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the history at Custer Battlefield Trading Company, steep yourself in history at Little Bighorn Battlefield, and then take in the history at Custer Battlefield Museum.

For other places to visit and tourist information, go to the Hardin online holiday planner.

Chicago to Hardin is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in June, things will get cooler in Hardin: highs are around 8°F and lows about 8°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cooke City.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
Side Trips

Cooke City — 2 nights

Cooke City-Silver Gate is a census-designated place (CDP) in Park County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): learn more about the world around you at Yellowstone Trading Post, stop by Sylvia's Sweet Shoppe, then get engrossed in the history at Cooke City Montana Museum, and finally hike along Clarks Fork Trail. On the next day, cruise along Beartooth Hwy and then enjoy breathtaking views from Clay Butte Fire Lookout Tower.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cooke City holiday planner.

You can drive from Hardin to Cooke City in 3.5 hours. In June, Cooke City is warmer than Hardin - with highs of 66°F and lows of 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Gardiner.
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Side Trip

Gardiner — 3 nights

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gardiner: Emigrant (Dailey Lake & Angler's West Fly Fishing). And it doesn't end there: trot along with a tour on horseback, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the striking landscape of Gallatin National Forest, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilderness Connection.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Gardiner trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Cooke City to Gardiner in 2 hours. June in Gardiner sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to West Yellowstone.
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Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature
Side Trips

West Yellowstone — 4 nights

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around West Yellowstone: Big Sky (Lone Peak, Ousel Falls Trail, &more) and Wade Lake (in Ennis). There's lots more to do: stroll through Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Yellowstone, look for gifts at Send it Home, and contemplate the long history of Earthquake Lake.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our West Yellowstone day trip site.

You can drive from Gardiner to West Yellowstone in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in June, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Bozeman.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
Side Trips

Bozeman — 5 nights

Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Change things up with these side-trips from Bozeman: Livingston (Sacajawea Park & Yellowstone Guidelines) and Big Sky (The Soldiers Chapel, River Rafting & Tubing, &more). The adventure continues: see the sky in a new way at Museum of the Rockies, stop by Montana Gift Corral, take in breathtaking views at Gallatin Canyon, and get engrossed in the history at American Computer & Robotics Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Bozeman tour itinerary builder website.

Drive from West Yellowstone to Bozeman in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from West Yellowstone in June, with highs in Bozeman at 77°F and lows at 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Whitefish.
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Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Museums
Side Trips

Whitefish — 5 nights

Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Whitefish: West Glacier (River Rafting & Tubing, Glacier National Park, &more), Polson (Sacajawea Park, Flathead Lake, &more) and Hungry Horse Reservoir (in Hungry Horse). There's much more to do: shop like a local with Sunti World Art Gallery, sample the fine beverages at Glacier Distilling Company, examine the collection at Northwest Montana History Museum, and sample the tasty concoctions at Great Northern Brewing Company.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Whitefish trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Bozeman to Whitefish by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car and bus. In June in Whitefish, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Glacier National Park.
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Parks · Nature · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries
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.
Glacier National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, contemplate the waterfront views at Swiftcurrent Falls, hike along Iceberg Lake Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Trail of the Cedars.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Glacier National Park visit site.

You can drive from Whitefish to Glacier National Park in an hour. In July in Glacier National Park, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can fly back home.
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Montana travel guide

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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.
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