31 days in Montana Itinerary

31 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana route planner

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Fly to Billings Logan International Airport, Drive to Garryowen
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Garryowen
— 1 night
Drive
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Red Lodge
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bozeman
— 5 nights
Drive
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West Yellowstone
— 4 nights
Drive
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Helena
— 5 nights
Drive
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Great Falls
— 5 nights
Drive
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Philipsburg
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saint Ignatius
— 2 nights
Drive
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West Glacier
— 3 nights
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Garryowen

— 1 night
Garryowen is a private town in Big Horn County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): witness the site of a historic battle at Rosebud Battlefield State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Little Bighorn Battlefield, take in the history at Custer Battlefield Trading Company, and then take in the history at Custer Battlefield Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Garryowen tour planner.

Philadelphia to Garryowen is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Philadelphia to Garryowen, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in April, things will get colder in Garryowen: highs are around 8°F and lows about 8°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Red Lodge.

Things to do in Garryowen

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Red Lodge

— 3 nights
Red Lodge is a city in and the county seat of Carbon County, Montana, United States. Escape the urban bustle at Red Lodge Mountain and Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Carbon County Art Guild & Depot Gallery and Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range. Step out of Red Lodge to go to Cooke City and see Clarks Fork Trail, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: trek along Silver Run Trails, examine the collection at Carbon County Historical Society and Museum, and contemplate the waterfront views at Wild Bill Lake.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Red Lodge route builder app.

You can drive from Garryowen to Red Lodge in 2 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Garryowen in April: high temperatures in Red Lodge hover around 53°F and lows are around 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bozeman.

Things to do in Red Lodge

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Downtown Bozeman and Yellowstone Guidelines. Take a break from the city and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Missouri Headwaters State Park. Get out of town with these interesting Bozeman side-trips: Big Sky (The Soldiers Chapel, Horseback Riding Tours, &more). On the 20th (Tue), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Bridger Bowl. Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Gallatin Canyon, contemplate the waterfront views at Gallatin River, take an in-depth tour of American Computer & Robotics Museum, and meet the residents at Montana Grizzly Encounter.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Bozeman trip planner.

Traveling by car from Red Lodge to Bozeman takes 2.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

West Yellowstone

— 4 nights
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Escape the urban bustle at Earthquake Lake and Ousel Falls Trail. Discover out-of-the-way places like Fishing Charters & Tours and Yellowstone Big Gun Fun. Change things up with these side-trips from West Yellowstone: Big Sky (Lone Peak & Grizzly Outfitters Ski & Backcountry Sports). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone River, look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, trot along with a tour on horseback, and look for gifts at Send it Home.

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Traveling by car from Bozeman to West Yellowstone takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Bozeman in April, with highs in West Yellowstone at 44°F and lows at 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Helena.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Helena

— 5 nights
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County. Get some historical perspective at Great Northern Carousel and Grant-Kohrs Ranch. Get in touch with nature at Mount Helena and Mount Jumbo North Peak Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Old Montana Prison Complex (in Deer Lodge), Missoula (Silver Park & Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation) and World Museum of Mining (in Butte). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Helena, view the masterpieces at Archie Bray Foundation, see what you can catch with Montana Fishing Outfitters, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lewis & Clark Brewing Company.

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You can drive from West Yellowstone to Helena in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from West Yellowstone in April: high temperatures in Helena hover around 57°F and lows are around 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Helena

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Great Falls

— 5 nights
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Step out of the city life by going to River's Edge Trail and Teton Pass Ski Area. Step off the beaten path and head to C.M. Russell Museum and Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. Explore Great Falls' surroundings by going to Fort Benton (Fort Benton Museums & Heritage Complex & White Cliffs). And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Giant Springs State Park, tee off at Meadow Lark Country Club, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Spirit Catholic Parish, and take an in-depth tour of Ursuline Centre.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Great Falls online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Helena to Great Falls in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Great Falls can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Philipsburg.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Philipsburg

— 2 nights
Philipsburg is a town in and the county seat of Granite County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): discover the riches below the earth's surface at Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine, look for gifts at Montana Gems of Philipsburg, then stroll around Winninghoff Park, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Philipsburg Brewing Company. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see a world frozen in time at Granite Ghost Town State Park, then view the masterpieces at Ohrmann Museum & Gallery, and then take an in-depth tour of Granite County Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Philipsburg holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Philipsburg takes 3 hours. Traveling from Great Falls in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Philipsburg, with lows of 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Saint Ignatius.

Things to do in Philipsburg

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Saint Ignatius

— 2 nights
St. Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take in the views from Natural Pier Bridge, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Garden of One Thousand Buddhas. On your second day here, take in the history at St. Ignatius Mission, then identify plant and animal life at National Bison Range, and then get engrossed in the history at Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana.

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Traveling by car from Philipsburg to Saint Ignatius takes 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Philipsburg in May, with highs in Saint Ignatius at 68°F and lows at 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to West Glacier.

Things to do in Saint Ignatius

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

West Glacier

— 3 nights
West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. On the 12th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Glacier National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, stop by The Polebridge Mercantile, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bowman Lake.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the West Glacier trip planner.

You can drive from Saint Ignatius to West Glacier in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in May, and nighttime lows around 38°F. On the 14th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in West Glacier

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Montana travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Wildlife Areas
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.