30 days in Montana Itinerary

30 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana route planner

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Make it your trip
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Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
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Polson
— 2 nights
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Missoula
— 4 nights
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Helena
— 4 nights
Drive
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Great Falls
— 2 nights
Drive
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Butte
— 3 nights
Drive
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Dillon
— 1 night
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West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
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Bozeman
— 4 nights
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Billings
— 4 nights
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Glacier National Park

— 2 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 off the beaten path and head to Swiftcurrent Falls and Trail of the Cedars. Go for a jaunt from Glacier National Park to Polebridge to see The Polebridge Mercantile about 30 minutes away. On the 2nd (Tue), hike the day away at Highline Trail. It doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Iceberg Lake and admire the sheer force of St.Mary Falls.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park day trip tool.

New York City to Glacier National Park is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Glacier National Park is minus 2 hours. When traveling from New York City in November, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Glacier National Park: temperatures range from 40°F by day to 24°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Polson.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Polson

— 2 nights
Polson is a city in Lake County, Montana, United States, on the southern shore of Flathead Lake. On the 4th (Thu), explore the activities along Echo Lake, then take in the exciting artwork at Eric Thorsen Art Studio, then work some fitness into your day at Swan River Nature Trail, and finally make a trip to Art Fusion. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at National Bison Range, then see the interesting displays at Miracle of America Museum, and then explore the activities along Flathead Lake.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Polson journey maker tool.

Explore your travel options from Glacier National Park to Polson with the Route module. November in Polson sees daily highs of 40°F and lows of 24°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Polson

Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Missoula

— 4 nights
Missoula is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. Step off the beaten path and head to A Carousel for Missoula and Daly Mansion Preservation Trust. Change things up with a short trip to Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge in Stevensville (about 46 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on nature at Fort Missoula Museum, walk around Caras Park, admire the masterpieces at Missoula Art Museum, and gain insight at University of Montana.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Missoula vacation planner.

You can drive from Polson to Missoula in 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Missoula are 41°F, while nighttime lows are 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Breweries & Distilleries

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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mount Helena and Montana State Capitol. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of St. Helena, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gates of the Mountains, witness a stunning natural landmark at Broadwater Hot Springs & Fitness, and catch some excitement at Great Northern Carousel.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Helena trip planner.

You can drive from Missoula to Helena in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Helena sees daily highs of 43°F and lows of 23°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Helena

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Great Falls

— 2 nights
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Giant Springs State Park, then stroll around Gibson Park, and then contemplate the long history of First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park. Keep things going the next day: brush up on your military savvy at Malmstrom Museum and Air Park, trek along River's Edge Trail, and then explore the world behind art at C.M. Russell Museum.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Great Falls sightseeing tool.

Drive from Helena to Great Falls in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Great Falls can reach 44°F, while at night they dip to 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Butte.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Butte

— 3 nights
Butte is a city in, and the county seat of Silver Bow County, Montana, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Headframe Spirits and Philipsburg Brewing Company. Explore Butte's surroundings by going to Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine (in Philipsburg) and Old Montana Prison Complex (in Deer Lodge). The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Granite Mountain Memorial Overlook, explore the galleries of World Museum of Mining, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Berkeley Pit, and make a trip to Our Lady of the Rockies.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Butte day trip planning site.

You can drive from Great Falls to Butte in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Great Falls in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in Butte, with lows around 16°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Dillon.

Things to do in Butte

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dillon

— 1 night
Dillon is a city in and the county seat of Beaverhead County, Montana, United States. On the 19th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Dillon Visitor Center, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Bannack State Park, and then trek along Lemhi Pass.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Dillon holiday builder.

Traveling by car from Butte to Dillon takes 1.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 42°F, and evening lows to 21°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Dillon

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Trails

West Yellowstone

— 3 nights
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Explore hidden gems such as Ousel Falls Trail and Yellowstone Big Gun Fun. Explore West Yellowstone's surroundings by going to Big Sky (Lone Peak & Grizzly Outfitters Ski & Backcountry Sports). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Earthquake Lake, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the West Yellowstone travel planner.

You can drive from Dillon to West Yellowstone in 3 hours. Traveling from Dillon in November, expect West Yellowstone to be slightly colder, temps between 36°F and 16°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

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. Step off the beaten path and head to Yellowstone Guidelines and Bridger Bowl. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bozeman: Willies Distillery (in Ennis) and Livingston (Fishing Charters & Tours & Sacajawea Park). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at American Computer & Robotics Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Montana Grizzly Encounter, contemplate the waterfront views at Gallatin River, and get engrossed in the history at Gallatin History Museum.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Bozeman travel route builder site.

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Bozeman in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from West Yellowstone in November, expect nights in Bozeman to be about the same, around 18°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Billings.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Rimrocks and Moss Mansion. Explore Billings' surroundings by going to Red Lodge (Red Lodge Mountain, Wild Bill Lake, &more) and Custer Battlefield Trading Company (in Crow Agency). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Yellowstone Art Museum, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at ZooMontana, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Pictograph Cave State Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Billings attractions site.

Traveling by car from Bozeman to Billings takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Billings when traveling from Bozeman in November, with lows around 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Billings

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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.