32 days in Montana Itinerary

32 days in Montana Itinerary

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Billings
— 3 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
— 4 nights
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Missoula
— 4 nights
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Glacier National Park
— 8 nights
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Whitefish
— 4 nights
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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. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Horn County Historical Museum (in Hardin) and Little Bighorn Battlefield (in Crow Agency). There's much more to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, examine the collection at Moss Mansion, walk around Two Moon Park, and sample the tasty concoctions at Thirsty Street Brewing Company at The Taproom.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Billings driving holiday app.

Jackson to Billings is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Jackson to Billings, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Jackson in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 60°F in Billings. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in Billings

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

4
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Bozeman

Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Explore Bozeman's surroundings by going to Big Sky (Big Sky Resort, Beehive Basin Trail, &more) and Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park (in Three Forks). There's still lots to do: look and learn at Museum of the Rockies, examine the collection at American Computer & Robotics Museum, explore the stunning scenery at Gallatin Canyon, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Bozeman journey planner.

Traveling by car from Billings to Bozeman takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Billings in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Bozeman, with lows of 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Gardiner.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

1
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Gardiner

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
On the 8th (Sat), stroll around Sacajawea Park, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Gardiner sightseeing planning app.

Drive from Bozeman to Gardiner in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Bozeman in August, expect Gardiner to be slightly colder, temps between 75°F and 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Gardiner

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Parks

Side Trip

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West Yellowstone

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Take a break from West Yellowstone with a short trip to Nature & Wildlife Tours in Big Sky, about 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone River, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Yellowstone, and contemplate the long history of Earthquake Lake.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the West Yellowstone trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Gardiner to West Yellowstone in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in West Yellowstone can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Helena.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

4
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Helena

Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Venture out of the city with trips to Great Falls (Holy Spirit Catholic Parish, Giant Springs State Park, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gates of the Mountains, admire the striking features of Cathedral of St. Helena, contemplate the waterfront views at Hauser Lake, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Helena.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Helena road trip tool.

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Helena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from West Yellowstone in August, with highs in Helena at 86°F and lows at 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Helena

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Missoula

Missoula is a city in the U.S. Venture out of the city with trips to River Rafting & Tubing (in Alberton), Stevensville (Kootenai Creek Trail & St. Mary's Peak) and Polson (Flathead Lake Cheese, Flathead Lake, &more). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Francis Xavier Church, walk around McCormick Park, and get in on the family fun at A Carousel for Missoula.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Missoula tour builder app.

You can drive from Helena to Missoula in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

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Glacier National Park

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.
On the 22nd (Sat), hike the day away at Highline Trail. There's still lots to do: cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road, explore the activities along Iceberg Lake, admire the verdant scenery at Logan Pass, and hike along Avalanche Lake.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park trip site.

You can drive from Missoula to Glacier National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In August, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Whitefish.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

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Whitefish

Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Whitefish: West Glacier (Glacier View Golf Club, River Rafting & Tubing, &more) and Swan River (in Bigfork). It doesn't end there: stroll through The Whitefish Trail and sample the fine beverages at Glacier Distilling Company.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Whitefish tour planner.

Getting from Glacier National Park to Whitefish by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Whitefish can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Whitefish

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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.