31 days in United States Itinerary

31 days in United States Itinerary

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31 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Idaho Falls
Drive:  2​h 30​min
1
West Yellowstone
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Bozeman
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Butte
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Helena
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Missoula
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Kalispell
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
7
Whitefish
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Glacier National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
9
Great Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
10
Havre
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Malta
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
12
Billings
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
13
Miles City
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
14
Fort Peck
— 1 night
End: Fort Peck

5
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Escape the urban bustle at Uncle Tom's Trail and Midway Geyser Basin. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Old Faithful Visitor Education Center and Yellowstone National Park. Get out of town with these interesting West Yellowstone side-trips: Yellowstone National Park (Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, West Thumb Geyser Basin, & more). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Jenny Lake Trail.

For where to stay and more tourist information, refer to the West Yellowstone trip website .

Idaho Falls to West Yellowstone is an approximately 2-hour car ride. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Idaho Falls in November: high temperatures in West Yellowstone hover around 36°F and lows are around 16°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Yellowstone National Park, Jenny Lake Trail
Highlights from your plan
Uncle Tom's Trail ©
Uncle Tom's Trail
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
West Thumb Geyser Basin ©
West Thumb Geyser Basin

2
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 discover tucked-away gems like Crosscut Mountain Sport Center and Lava Lake Trail. Escape the urban bustle at Natural Bridge State Park and Middle Cottonwood Trailhead. Take a break from Bozeman with a short trip to Yellowstone Gateway Museum in Livingston, about 32 minutes away. There's more to do: trek along Grotto Falls Trail and sample the fine beverages at Bozeman Spirits Distillery.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Bozeman itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Bozeman takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from West Yellowstone in November, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Bozeman: temperatures range from 42°F by day to 18°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Butte.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Natural Bridge State Park, Lava Lake Trail, Yellowstone Gateway Museum
Highlights from your plan
Crosscut Mountain Sport Center ©
Crosscut Mountain Sport Center
Grotto Falls Trail ©
Grotto Falls Trail
Yellowstone Gateway Museum ©
Yellowstone Gateway Museum

1
night
Butte

Butte ©
Butte is a city in, and the county seat of Silver Bow County, Montana, United States. On the 3rd (Mon), make a trip to Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives, then get engrossed in the history at Copper King Mansion, and then explore the activities along Georgetown Lake.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Butte trip website .

Traveling by car from Bozeman to Butte takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°F in December, and nighttime lows around 7°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Helena.

Things to do in Butte

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Georgetown Lake
Highlights from your plan
Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives ©
Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives
Copper King Mansion ©
Copper King Mansion
Georgetown Lake ©
Georgetown Lake

2
nights
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): stroll through Great Divide Montana Ski Area and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gates of the Mountains. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at MacDonald Pass, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Helena, then admire the landmark architecture of Original Governor's Mansion, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Helena travel planner.

Traveling by car from Butte to Helena takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Butte in December, Helena is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 13°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Helena

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena
MacDonald Pass ©
MacDonald Pass

3
nights
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. On the 6th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, identify plant and animal life at Blue Mountain Recreational Area, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Montgomery Distillery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): learn more about the world around you at Montana Natural History Center, steep yourself in history at St. Mary's Mission, then stroll through Kootenai Creek Trail, and finally admire the majestic nature at Travelers' Rest State Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Missoula online trip planner .

You can drive from Helena to Missoula in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°F, and evening lows to 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kalispell.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Stevensville, Travelers' Rest State Park
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation ©
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Travelers' Rest State Park ©
Travelers' Rest State Park

1
night
Kalispell

Kalispell ©
Kalispell is a city in, and the county seat of Flathead County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): look for gifts at Kehoe's Agate Shop, then tee off at Eagle Bend Golf Club, and then admire the majestic nature at Lone Pine State Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kalispell trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Missoula to Kalispell takes 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Kalispell can reach 29°F, while at night they dip to 16°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Whitefish.

Things to do in Kalispell

Golf Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Bigfork
Highlights from your plan
Eagle Bend Golf Club ©
Eagle Bend Golf Club
Lone Pine State Park ©
Lone Pine State Park
Kehoe's Agate Shop ©
Kehoe's Agate Shop

2
nights
Whitefish

Whitefish ©
Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. On the 9th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Tally Lake Campground and then stroll through Whitefish Lake Golf Club. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): play a few rounds at Glacier View Golf Club, then don't miss a visit to Dick Idol Signature Gallery, and then stop by Stumptown Marketplace.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Whitefish trip builder .

Whitefish is very close to Kalispell. In December, plan for daily highs up to 29°F, and evening lows to 16°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Whitefish

Golf Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Glacier View Golf Club
Highlights from your plan
Glacier View Golf Club ©
Glacier View Golf Club
Whitefish Lake Golf Club ©
Whitefish Lake Golf Club
Tally Lake Campground ©
Tally Lake Campground

6
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and Grinnell Glacier. Discover out-of-the-way places like Avalanche Lake and Red Rock Falls, Glacier National Park. There's much more to do: hike along Iceberg Lake Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at McDonald Creek, take in the dramatic scenery at Aster Falls, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden Wall.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Glacier National Park online holiday builder .

Drive from Whitefish to Glacier National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In December, daily temperatures in Glacier National Park can reach 29°F, while at night they dip to 16°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Great Falls.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Aster Falls
Highlights from your plan
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail

1
night
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. On the 17th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge and then have fun and explore at Children's Museum of Montana. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the majestic nature at Giant Springs State Park, see a show at Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and then brush up on your military savvy at Malmstrom Air Force Base Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Great Falls trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Great Falls takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, train, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°F in December, and nighttime lows around 14°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Havre.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks Wildlife Museums
Highlights from your plan
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge ©

1
night
Havre

Havre ©
Havre is the county seat and largest town in Hill County, Montana, in the United States. Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): examine the collection at Beneath the Streets, then delve into the distant past at Wahkpa Chu'gn Archaeological Site, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Triple Dog Brewing.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Havre online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Havre takes 2 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Havre when traveling from Great Falls in December, with lows around 9°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Malta.

Things to do in Havre

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Museums
Highlights from your plan
Wahkpa Chu'gn Archaeological Site ©
Wahkpa Chu'gn Archaeological Site
Beneath the Streets ©
Beneath the Streets
Triple Dog Brewing ©
Triple Dog Brewing

1
night
Malta

Malta ©
Malta is a city in, and the county seat of, Phillips County, Montana, United States, located at the intersection of U.S. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Great Plains Dinosaur Museum and then explore the activities along Bowdoin Lake.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Malta road trip planner.

Drive from Havre to Malta in 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Malta are 26°F, while nighttime lows are 7°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Billings.

Things to do in Malta

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Great Plains Dinosaur Museum ©
Great Plains Dinosaur Museum

2
nights
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. On the 21st (Fri), immerse yourself in nature at Pictograph Cave State Park, identify plant and animal life at Four Dances Recreation Area, then learn about winemaking at Yellowstone Cellars & Winery, and finally look for gifts at Scheels. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at The Rimrocks and then immerse yourself in nature at Chief Plenty Coups State Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Billings attractions planner .

You can drive from Malta to Billings in 3.5 hours. In December, Billings is a bit warmer than Malta - with highs of 33°F and lows of 17°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Miles City.

Things to do in Billings

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Chief Plenty Coups State Park
Highlights from your plan
Pictograph Cave State Park ©
Pictograph Cave State Park
Chief Plenty Coups State Park ©
Chief Plenty Coups State Park
Yellowstone Cellars & Winery ©
Yellowstone Cellars & Winery

1
night
Miles City

Miles City ©
Miles City is a city in and the county seat of Custer County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): explore the world behind art at WaterWorks Art Museum, see the interesting displays at Range Riders Museum, and then learn about winemaking at Tongue River Winery.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Miles City attractions planner.

You can drive from Billings to Miles City in 2.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Miles City when traveling from Billings in December, with lows around 11°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Fort Peck.

Things to do in Miles City

Museums Wineries
Highlights from your plan
WaterWorks Art Museum ©
WaterWorks Art Museum
Range Riders Museum ©
Range Riders Museum
Tongue River Winery ©
Tongue River Winery

1
night
Fort Peck

Fort Peck ©
Fort Peck is a town in Valley County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): get a new perspective on nature at Fort Peck Interpretive Center and then explore the activities along Fort Peck Lake.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Fort Peck trip maker site .

You can drive from Miles City to Fort Peck in 3 hours. Traveling from Miles City in December, expect nights in Fort Peck to be about the same, around 7°F, while days are little chillier, around 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fort Peck

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Fort Peck Lake ©
Fort Peck Lake
Fort Peck Interpretive Center ©
Fort Peck Interpretive Center

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