31 days in Montana Itinerary

31 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana journey planner

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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

— 2 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. Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): stop by Scheels. Keep things going the next day: 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-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

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bozeman: Livingston (Sacajawea Park & Pine Creek Trail) and Big Sky Resort (in Big Sky). The adventure continues: get a new perspective on nature at Museum of the Rockies, examine the collection at American Computer & Robotics Museum, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and get into the urban bustle at Bozeman Public Library.

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 · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Gardiner

— 1 night
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 · Parks

Side Trip

West Yellowstone

— 3 nights
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: stroll through Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, look for gifts at Send it Home, explore the activities along Earthquake Lake, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

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. 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

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Helena

— 3 nights
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County. 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: tour the pleasant surroundings 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 · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Great Falls

— 4 nights
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, stroll through 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 · Wildlife

Side Trips

Glacier National Park

— 5 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.
Glacier National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, and trails. Your trip 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 · Trails

Whitefish

— 3 nights
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 get engrossed in the 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 an hour. 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 · Adventure

Side Trips

Missoula

— 5 nights
Missoula is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. 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). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center, stroll around Caras Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Silver Park, and explore the landscape on two wheels at McCormick Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Missoula trip app.

Drive from Whitefish to Missoula in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Missoula are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife

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.