31 days in Montana Itinerary

31 days in Montana Itinerary

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

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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. Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): stop by Scheels. On your second day here, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, see the interesting displays at Moss Mansion, then take in nature's colorful creations at DanWalt Gardens, and finally admire the majestic nature at Pictograph Cave State Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Billings day trip site.

Detroit to Billings is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Detroit to Billings due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Detroit in June since evenings lows in Billings dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in Billings

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Little Bighorn Battlefield, Big Horn County Historical Museum
Highlights from your plan
Big Horn County Historical Museum ©
Big Horn County Historical Museum
Little Bighorn Battlefield ©
Little Bighorn Battlefield
Moss Mansion ©
Moss Mansion

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nights
Bozeman

Bozeman ©
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bozeman: Big Sky Resort (in Big Sky) and Livingston (Sacajawea Park & Pine Creek Trail). The adventure continues: get a new perspective on nature at Museum of the Rockies, examine the collection at American Computer & Robotics Museum, get interesting insight from Tours, and take an in-depth tour of Gallatin History Museum.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Bozeman journey tool.

Traveling by car from Billings to Bozeman takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Bozeman when traveling from Billings in June, with lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in Bozeman

Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Livingston, Big Sky Resort
Highlights from your plan
Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies
American Computer & Robotics Museum ©
American Computer & Robotics Museum
Downtown Bozeman ©
Downtown Bozeman

1
night
Gardiner

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): walk around Sacajawea Park, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Gardiner sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Bozeman to Gardiner in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Bozeman in June, things will get slightly colder in Gardiner: highs are around 69°F and lows about 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

Sacajawea Park
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing
Sacajawea Park ©
Sacajawea Park

3
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Go for a jaunt from West Yellowstone to Big Sky to see Ousel Falls Trail about 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, look for gifts at Send it Home, explore the activities along Earthquake Lake, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the West Yellowstone itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Gardiner to West Yellowstone takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Helena.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Ousel Falls Trail
Highlights from your plan
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun ©
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Yellowstone River ©
Yellowstone River

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Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Get out of town with these interesting Helena side-trips: Butte (Old Lexington Stamp Mill and Gardens & Headframe Spirits) and Grant-Kohrs Ranch (in Deer Lodge). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Gates of the Mountains, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Helena, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Blackfoot River Brewing Co, and ponder the world of politics at Montana State Capitol.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Helena trip planner.

Getting from West Yellowstone to Helena by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from West Yellowstone in June; daily highs in Helena reach 79°F and lows reach 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Helena

Parks · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Butte, Grant-Kohrs Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Mount Helena ©
Mount Helena
Montana State Capitol ©
Montana State Capitol

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Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Great Falls: Fort Benton (Fort Benton Museums & Heritage Complex & Fort Benton Bridge). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, contemplate the waterfront views at Dearborn River, look for all kinds of wild species at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, and admire the landmark architecture of Milwaukee Station.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Great Falls trip app.

Traveling by car from Helena to Great Falls takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Great Falls are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fort Benton, First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
Highlights from your plan
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center
River's Edge Trail ©
River's Edge Trail

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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.
Glacier National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road, explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier, explore the activities along Swiftcurrent Falls, and take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Glacier National Park online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Great Falls to Glacier National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. In June in Glacier National Park, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 45°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Whitefish.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Virginia Falls ©
Virginia Falls
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail

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Whitefish

Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Whitefish: West Glacier (River Rafting & Tubing, Hidden Lake, &more) and Swan River Nature Trail (in Bigfork). And it doesn't end there: sample the fine beverages at Glacier Distilling Company, have some family-friendly fun at Amazing Fun Center, and steep yourself in history at Conrad Mansion.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Whitefish travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Whitefish takes 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Whitefish can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Whitefish

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

West Glacier, Coram, Swan River Nature Trail, Conrad Mansion
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Glacier National Park ©
Glacier National Park
Glacier Distilling Company ©
Glacier Distilling Company

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Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Missoula: The People's Center Museum (in Pablo), Polson (Flathead Lake & Flathead Lake Cheese) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Alberton). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center, explore the landscape on two wheels at Silver Park, stroll around Jacob Island Dog Park, and identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Missoula trip planning website.

Getting from Whitefish to Missoula by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus. In July in Missoula, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 53°F at night. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Polson, The People's Center Museum, River Rafting & Tubing, National Bison Range
Highlights from your plan
Flathead Lake ©
Flathead Lake
Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center ©
Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation ©
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

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