31 days in Montana Itinerary

31 days in Montana Itinerary

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31 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  5​h
1
Whitefish
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Glacier National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Great Falls
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Helena
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Missoula
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Butte
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
West Yellowstone
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Red Lodge
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Bozeman
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Minneapolis

2
nights
Whitefish

Whitefish ©
Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Conrad Mansion, make a trip to Whitefish Depot, and then make a trip to Hungry Horse Resevoir. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Great Northern Brewing Company, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bonsai Brewing Project, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitefish Lake Golf Club.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Whitefish trip itinerary maker tool .

Minneapolis to Whitefish is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Minneapolis to Whitefish. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Minneapolis in May since evenings lows in Whitefish dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Whitefish

Outdoors Golf Parks

Side Trips

Hungry Horse Resevoir, Conrad Mansion
Highlights from your plan
Conrad Mansion ©
Conrad Mansion
Whitefish Lake Golf Club ©
Whitefish Lake Golf Club
Great Northern Brewing Company ©
Great Northern Brewing Company

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.
Get in touch with nature at Swiftcurrent Lake and Highline Trail. Explore hidden gems such as Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and Trail of the Cedars. And it doesn't end there: hike along Iceberg Lake Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Two Medicine Lake, and admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls.

Make your Glacier National Park itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Whitefish to Glacier National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in May, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Virginia Falls ©
Virginia Falls
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail

2
nights
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Giant Springs State Park, then get to know the fascinating history of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and then examine the collection at C.M. Russell Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Great Falls holiday planning site .

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Great Falls takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in May, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Helena.

Things to do in Great Falls

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
Highlights from your plan
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
C.M. Russell Museum ©
C.M. Russell Museum

4
nights
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cathedral of St. Helena and Reeder's Alley. Get outdoors at Gates of the Mountains and Mount Helena. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Montana Historical Society Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Last Chance Gulch, get in on the family fun at Great Northern Carousel, and get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Helena online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Helena takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in May, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Helena

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Montana Historical Society Museum ©
Montana Historical Society Museum
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena

4
nights
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. Get in touch with nature at National Bison Range and Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge. Your inner history buff will appreciate Garnet Ghost Town and St. Ignatius Mission. When in Missoula, make a side trip to see Daly Mansion in Hamilton, approximately 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, sample the tasty concoctions at Big Sky Brewing, get in on the family fun at A Carousel for Missoula, and examine the collection at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Missoula online sightseeing planner .

Drive from Helena to Missoula in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Missoula sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Butte.

Things to do in Missoula

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

National Bison Range, Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge, Daly Mansion, St. Ignatius Mission
Highlights from your plan
National Bison Range ©
National Bison Range
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation ©
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Daly Mansion ©
Daly Mansion

2
nights
Butte

Butte ©
Butte is a city in, and the county seat of Silver Bow County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): get a taste of life in the country at Grant-Kohrs Ranch, examine the collection at Old Montana Prison Complex, and then browse the exhibits of Copper King Mansion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): examine the collection at MBMG Mineral Museum, sample the fine beverages at Headframe Spirits, and then play a few rounds at Old Works.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Butte trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Missoula to Butte takes 2 hours. In May, Butte is a bit cooler than Missoula - with highs of 60°F and lows of 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Butte

Outdoors Museums Golf

Side Trips

Deer Lodge, Old Works
Highlights from your plan
Grant-Kohrs Ranch ©
Grant-Kohrs Ranch
Old Montana Prison Complex ©
Old Montana Prison Complex
Copper King Mansion ©
Copper King Mansion

4
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Get some historical perspective at Earthquake Lake and Yellowstone Historic Center. Escape the urban bustle at Horseback Riding Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Spend the 22nd (Tue) on the water with a fishing tour. It doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read West Yellowstone online visit planner .

Getting from Butte to West Yellowstone by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Butte in May: highs in West Yellowstone hover around 54°F, while lows dip to 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Red Lodge.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Earthquake Lake ©
Earthquake Lake
Fishing Charters & Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
nights
Red Lodge

Red Lodge ©
Red Lodge is a city in and the county seat of Carbon County, Montana, United States. Escape the urban bustle at Beartooth Highway and Chief Joseph Hwy. Explore hidden gems such as Beartooth Hwy and Moss Mansion. Take a break from Red Lodge with a short trip to Pictograph Cave State Park in Billings, about 1h 45 min away. Next up on the itinerary: fly down the slopes at Red Lodge Mountain, take in the exciting artwork at Carbon County Art Guild & Depot Gallery, look for gifts at Montana Candy Emporium, and look for all kinds of wild species at Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Red Lodge trip builder app .

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Red Lodge in 4 hours. Traveling from West Yellowstone in May, expect nights in Red Lodge to be about the same, around 34°F, while days are little chillier, around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Bozeman.

Things to do in Red Lodge

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Billings, Chief Joseph Hwy, Beartooth Hwy
Highlights from your plan
Red Lodge Mountain ©
Red Lodge Mountain
Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary
Moss Mansion ©
Moss Mansion

3
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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at River Rafting & Tubing and Bridger Bowl. Take a break from the city and head to Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park and Chico Hot Springs. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of American Computer Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Gallatin River, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Montana Grizzly Encounter.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Bozeman day trip app .

Traveling by car from Red Lodge to Bozeman takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Red Lodge in May, expect nights in Bozeman to be about the same, around 37°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, River Rafting & Tubing, Chico Hot Springs
Highlights from your plan
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park ©
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park
American Computer & Robotics Museum ©
River Rafting & Tubing

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