30 days in Montana Itinerary

30 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana trip itinerary planner
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Big Sky
— 2 nights
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Livingston
— 3 nights
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Billings
— 3 nights
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Miles City
— 1 night
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Great Falls
— 3 nights
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Helena
— 3 nights
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Butte
— 3 nights
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Dillon
— 2 nights
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Missoula
— 3 nights
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Polson
— 2 nights
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Glacier National Park
— 4 nights
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Big Sky — 2 nights

Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Big Sky: West Yellowstone (Yellowstone River, Madison River Outfitters, &more). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ousel Falls Trail, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lone Peak, trot along with a tour on horseback, and hit the slopes at Big Sky Resort.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Big Sky holiday website.

New York City to Big Sky is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Big Sky due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from New York City in November; daily highs in Big Sky reach 36°F and lows reach 16°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Livingston.
Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature
Side Trip

Livingston — 3 nights

Livingston is a city and the county seat of Park County, Montana, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Livingston: Gardiner (Wilderness Connection & Horseback Riding Tours). There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on Yellowstone Guidelines, trek along Pine Creek Trail, don't miss a visit to Gem Valley Montana, and walk around Sacajawea Park.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Livingston trip tool.

You can drive from Big Sky to Livingston in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Big Sky in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Livingston: highs are around 46°F and lows about 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Billings.
Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Side Trip

Billings — 3 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 Billings' surroundings by going to Pompeys Pillar National Monument (in Pompeys Pillar) and Little Bighorn Battlefield (in Crow Agency). The adventure continues: do a tasting at Yellowstone Cellars & Winery, take in the dramatic natural features at The Rimrocks, see the interesting displays at Moss Mansion, and admire the masterpieces at Yellowstone Art Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Billings trip planner.

Drive from Livingston to Billings in 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Billings can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Miles City.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors
Side Trips

Miles City — 1 night

Miles City is a city in and the county seat of Custer County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Range Riders Museum, then explore the world behind art at WaterWorks Art Museum, and then learn about winemaking at Tongue River Winery.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Miles City day trip site.

Traveling by car from Billings to Miles City takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Billings in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Miles City, with lows of 21°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Great Falls.
Museums · Wineries

Great Falls — 3 nights

Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Great Falls: Teton Pass Ski Area (in Choteau) and Fort Benton (White Cliffs & Museum of the Northern Great Plains). And it doesn't end there: hike along River's Edge Trail, get to know the fascinating history of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, stroll around Gibson Park, and admire the striking features of Milwaukee Station.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Great Falls trip planner.

Traveling by car from Miles City to Great Falls takes 5.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 44°F, and evening lows to 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Helena.
Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors
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. Helena is known for nature, historic sites, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: sample the tasty concoctions at Blackfoot River Brewing Co, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Helena, get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol, and cast your line with Montana Fishing Outfitters.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Helena road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Helena takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 43°F, and evening lows to 23°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Butte.
Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Wildlife

Butte — 3 nights

Butte is a city in, and the county seat of Silver Bow County, Montana, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Butte: Bozeman (Downtown Bozeman, Museum of the Rockies, &more) and Old Montana Prison Complex (in Deer Lodge). There's still lots to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Headframe Spirits, get engrossed in the history at World Museum of Mining, contemplate the long history of Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives, and take some stellar pictures from Berkeley Pit.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Butte tour planning site.

Traveling by car from Helena to Butte takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Helena in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Butte, with lows of 16°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to Dillon.
Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Childrens Museums
Side Trips

Dillon — 2 nights

Dillon is a city in and the county seat of Beaverhead County, Montana, United States. On the 20th (Sat), walk around Crystal Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway, and then immerse yourself in nature at Clark's Lookout State Park. Keep things going the next day: hike along Lemhi Pass, stroll through Bannack State Park, and then get engrossed in the history at Dillon Visitor Center.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Dillon online route maker.

You can drive from Butte to Dillon in 1.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Dillon can reach 42°F, while at night they dip to 21°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Missoula.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife
Side Trip

Missoula — 3 nights

Missoula is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. Step out of Missoula to go to Stevensville and see Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at A Carousel for Missoula, sample the tasty concoctions at Big Sky Brewing, hunt for treasures at Downtown ToNite, and let little ones run wild at Dragon Hollow Play Area.

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Traveling by car from Dillon to Missoula takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 41°F in November, and nighttime lows around 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Polson.
Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · Museums · Fun & Games
Side Trip

Polson — 2 nights

Polson is a city in Lake County, Montana, United States, on the southern shore of Flathead Lake. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): explore the activities along Flathead Lake, then see the interesting displays at Miracle of America Museum, then view the masterpieces at Eric Thorsen Art Studio, and finally don't miss a visit to Art Fusion. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Jewel Basin Hiking Area, then sample the fine beverages at Whistling Andy, and then hike along Swan River Nature Trail.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Polson trip planner.

Getting from Missoula to Polson by car takes about 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Polson are 40°F, while nighttime lows are 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Glacier National Park.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums
Side Trip

Glacier National Park — 4 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: explore the activities along Lake McDonald, appreciate the views at Logan Pass, admire the sheer force of St.Mary Falls, and hike along Avalanche Lake.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Glacier National Park road trip planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Polson to Glacier National Park. November in Glacier National Park sees daily highs of 40°F and lows of 24°F at night. On the 30th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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.