30 days in Montana Itinerary

30 days in Montana Itinerary

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30 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + taxi:  22​h 30​min
1
Glacier National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Whitefish
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Missoula
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Helena
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
West Yellowstone
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Gardiner
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Billings
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Bozeman
— 4 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Sydney

5
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 out of the city life by going to Virginia Falls and Iceberg Lake Trail. Spend the 24th (Sat) exploring nature at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Avalanche Lake, admire the sheer force of Silver Staircase Falls, appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden Wall, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Grinnell Glacier.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park sightseeing planning app .

Sydney, Australia to Glacier National Park is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Sydney to Glacier National Park, you'll gain 17 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Sydney, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Glacier National Park, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Whitefish.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Virginia Falls ©
Virginia Falls
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

3
nights
Whitefish

Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Flashpoint Outdoor Laser Tag and Sunti World Art Gallery. Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Whitefish Mountain Resort. Step out of Whitefish with an excursion to Hidden Lake in West Glacier--about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at The Whitefish Trail, explore and take pictures at Montana Vortex and House of Mystery, and contemplate the long history of Conrad Mansion.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Whitefish vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Glacier National Park to Whitefish in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in August, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Missoula.

Things to do in Whitefish

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

West Glacier, Conrad Mansion, Montana Vortex and House of Mystery
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Whitefish Mountain Resort ©
Whitefish Mountain Resort
Conrad Mansion ©
Conrad Mansion

3
nights
Missoula

Missoula is a city in the U.S. Do some cultural sightseeing at Garnet Ghost Town and Garden of One Thousand Buddhas. Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Seeley Lake Nordic Trails. Explore Missoula's surroundings by going to St. Ignatius Mission (in Saint Ignatius) and National Bison Range (in Moiese). It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center and walk around Silver Park.

Plan trip to Missoula with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Whitefish to Missoula by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus. In August in Missoula, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Missoula

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, St. Ignatius Mission, Garden of One Thousand Buddhas, Seeley Lake Nordic Trails, National Bison Range
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
St. Ignatius Mission ©
St. Ignatius Mission
Garden of One Thousand Buddhas ©
Garden of One Thousand Buddhas

3
nights
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Popular historic sites such as Cathedral of St. Helena and Grant-Kohrs Ranch are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Montana Historical Society Museum and Old Montana Prison Complex. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helena: Butte (Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives & World Museum of Mining). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Gates of the Mountains, contemplate the waterfront views at Hauser Lake, get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol, and hit the slopes at Mount Helena.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Helena itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Missoula to Helena in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Helena are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Helena

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Butte, Deer Lodge
Highlights from your plan
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena
World Museum of Mining ©
World Museum of Mining

4
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Earthquake Lake and Yellowstone Historic Center. Step out of the city life by going to Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and Beartooth Highway. Step out of West Yellowstone to go to Cooke City and see Cooke City Montana Museum, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Yellowstone River, have some family-friendly fun at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the West Yellowstone online road trip planner .

You can drive from Helena to West Yellowstone in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Helena in September; daily highs in West Yellowstone reach 20°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Beartooth Hwy, Cooke City Montana Museum
Highlights from your plan
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Yellowstone River ©
Yellowstone River
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
nights
Gardiner

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
On the 10th (Tue), look for gifts at Parks' Fly Shop, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Dailey Lake and then explore by horseback at Wilderness Connection.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Gardiner travel route builder site .

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Gardiner in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Gardiner can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Billings.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Dailey Lake
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing
Dailey Lake ©
Dailey Lake

4
nights
Billings

Billings ©
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. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Little Bighorn Battlefield and Pictograph Cave State Park. Popular historic sites such as Custer Battlefield Trading Post & Cafe and Yellowstone Kelly Interpretive Site are in your itinerary. Step out of Billings with an excursion to Pompeys Pillar National Monument in Pompeys Pillar--about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Moss Mansion, trot along with a tour on horseback, immerse yourself in nature at Lake Elmo State Park, and have fun and explore at Wise Wonders Children's Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Billings online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Gardiner to Billings takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Gardiner in September; daily highs in Billings reach 28°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in Billings

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Crow Agency, Pompeys Pillar National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Pictograph Cave State Park ©
Pictograph Cave State Park
Little Bighorn Battlefield ©
Little Bighorn Battlefield
Custer Battlefield Trading Company ©

4
nights
Bozeman

Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Visiting Fishing Charters & Tours and Beehive Basin Trail will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museum of the Rockies and Downtown Bozeman. Explore Bozeman's surroundings by going to Big Sky (Ousel Falls Trail & Lone Peak). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of American Computer Museum and don't miss a visit to Emerson Cultural Center.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Bozeman trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Billings to Bozeman takes 2.5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Bozeman when traveling from Billings in September, with lows around 5°C. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trip

Big Sky
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies
Downtown Bozeman ©
Downtown Bozeman

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