31 days in Montana Itinerary

31 days in Montana Itinerary

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Billings
— 3 nights
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Bozeman
— 5 nights
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Gardiner
— 2 nights
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West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
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Helena
— 4 nights
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Great Falls
— 3 nights
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Glacier National Park
— 5 nights
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Missoula
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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. Get out of town with these interesting Billings side-trips: Pompeys Pillar National Monument (in Pompeys Pillar) and Crow Agency (Custer Battlefield Trading Company & Little Bighorn Battlefield). There's much more to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, view the masterpieces at Toucan Gallery, examine the collection at Moss Mansion, and explore the striking landscape at The Rimrocks.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Billings trip planner.

Washington DC to Billings is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Billings is minus 2 hours. In October, Billings is a bit cooler than Washington DC - with highs of 61°F and lows of 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in Billings

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Bozeman

— 5 nights
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Get out of town with these interesting Bozeman side-trips: Livingston (Gem Valley Montana & Fishing Charters & Tours) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Big Sky). There's much more to do: look and learn at Museum of the Rockies, appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Bozeman, take in breathtaking views at Gallatin Canyon, and take an in-depth tour of American Computer & Robotics Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Bozeman trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Billings to Bozeman takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Billings in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 30°F in Bozeman. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Gardiner

— 2 nights
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): take in the natural beauty of Chico Hot Springs and then explore the striking landscape of Gallatin National Forest. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilderness Connection.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Gardiner tour planner.

Getting from Bozeman to Gardiner by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Bozeman in October; daily highs in Gardiner reach 50°F and lows reach 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Gardiner

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

West Yellowstone

— 3 nights
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Step out of West Yellowstone to go to Big Sky and see Ousel Falls Trail, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, find something for the whole family at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, explore the activities along Yellowstone River, and contemplate the long history of Earthquake Lake.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our West Yellowstone trip planner.

Getting from Gardiner to West Yellowstone by car takes about 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in West Yellowstone can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Helena.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Helena

— 4 nights
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County. Venture out of the city with trips to Butte (World Museum of Mining, MBMG Mineral Museum, &more) and Old Works (in Anaconda). There's still lots to do: get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol, take an in-depth tour of Montana Historical Society Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Helena, and catch some excitement at Great Northern Carousel.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Helena trip builder website.

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Helena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, Helena is somewhat warmer than West Yellowstone - with highs of 60°F and lows of 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Helena

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Golf

Side Trips

Great Falls

— 3 nights
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Great Falls is known for historic sites, museums, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, admire the majestic nature at Giant Springs State Park, take an in-depth tour of Ursuline Centre, and stroll through River's Edge Trail.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Great Falls day trip planning tool.

Drive from Helena to Great Falls in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Great Falls sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Great Falls

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Trails

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: hike along Grinnell Glacier, appreciate the views at Logan Pass, cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road, and explore the activities along Lake Josephine.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Glacier National Park itinerary planning site.

Drive from Great Falls to Glacier National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In October in Glacier National Park, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 31°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Missoula.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Missoula

— 5 nights
Missoula is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. Venture out of the city with trips to Garden of One Thousand Buddhas (in Arlee), US-12 (in Lolo) and Bigfork (Eric Thorsen Art Studio & Howe’s Fishing – A Able/Mo Fisch Charters and Tours). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, deepen your understanding at University of Montana, grab your bike and head to McCormick Park, and explore the activities along Flathead Lake.

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

You can drive from Glacier National Park to Missoula in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in October, and nighttime lows around 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

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.