32 days in Montana Itinerary

32 days in Montana Itinerary

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32 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: New York City
foot + Fly:  9​h
1
Missoula
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
West Glacier
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Great Falls
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Helena
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
West Yellowstone
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Bozeman
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Billings
— 4 nights
Fly + foot:  8​h 30​min
End: New York City

5
nights
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Missoula: River Rafting & Tubing (in Superior), Polson (Flathead Lake & Sacajawea Park) and National Bison Range (in Moiese). There's still lots to do: hike along Rattlesnake National Recreation Area, browse the eclectic array of goods at Downtown ToNite, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kootenai Creek Trail, and find something for the whole family at A Carousel for Missoula.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Missoula holiday builder .

New York City to Missoula is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. When traveling from New York City in September, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Missoula: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to West Glacier.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Stevensville, Polson, Seeley Lake Nordic Trails, National Bison Range, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Rattlesnake National Recreation Area ©
A Carousel for Missoula ©
A Carousel for Missoula
Jacob Island Dog Park ©
Jacob Island Dog Park

6
nights
West Glacier

West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. Explore West Glacier's surroundings by going to Glacier National Park (Swiftcurrent Falls, Iceberg Lake Trail, & more). And it doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take an in-depth tour of Depot Park, and explore the activities along Lake McDonald.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the West Glacier road trip site .

Traveling by car from Missoula to West Glacier takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In October in West Glacier, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 31°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in West Glacier

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Glacier National Park, Depot Park
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road

4
nights
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Great Falls: Shelby (Roadrunner Trail & Montana Veteran's Memorial Flag and Park) and Central Montana Historical Museum (in Lewistown). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, explore the activities along Sacagawea Springs, get engrossed in the history at Ursuline Centre, and admire the masterpieces at C.M. Russell Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Great Falls day trip app .

You can drive from West Glacier to Great Falls in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in October, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Shelby, Central Montana Historical Museum
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. Change things up with these side-trips from Helena: Butte (World Museum of Mining, Old Lexington Stamp Mill and Gardens, & more), Old Montana Prison Complex (in Deer Lodge) and Old Works (in Anaconda). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Gates of the Mountains, explore the activities along Hauser Lake, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Helena, and get a taste of the local shopping with Archie Bray Foundation.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Helena trip planner .

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Helena takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Helena can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Helena

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Butte, Old Montana Prison Complex, Old Works
Highlights from your plan
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Montana State Capitol ©
Montana State Capitol
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena

4
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sky (Grizzly Outfitters Ski & Backcountry Sports, Lone Peak, & more). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, explore and take pictures at Beartooth Hwy, contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone River, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the West Yellowstone day trip planning website .

Getting from Helena to West Yellowstone by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Helena in October: high temperatures in West Yellowstone hover around 50°F and lows are around 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Big Sky, Beartooth Hwy
Highlights from your plan
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Yellowstone River ©
Yellowstone River
Fishing Charters & Tours

4
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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bozeman: Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park (in Three Forks) and Gardiner (Horseback Riding Tours & River Rafting & Tubing). The adventure continues: learn more about the world around you at Museum of the Rockies, get engrossed in the history at American Computer & Robotics Museum, grab your bike and head to Middle Cottonwood Trailhead, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Bozeman.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Bozeman trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Bozeman in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from West Yellowstone, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Bozeman, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Billings.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Gardiner, Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park
Highlights from your plan
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park ©
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park
Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies
American Computer & Robotics Museum ©

4
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. Change things up with these side-trips from Billings: Crow Agency (Custer Battlefield Trading Company & Little Bighorn Battlefield), Custer Battlefield Museum (in Garryowen) and Red Lodge (Carbon County Art Guild & Depot Gallery & Silver Run Trails). And it doesn't end there: trot along with a tour on horseback, look for gifts at Scheels, explore the striking landscape at Pompeys Pillar National Monument, and steep yourself in history at Fishtail General Store.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Billings driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Bozeman to Billings takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Bozeman in October, Billings is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Billings

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Red Lodge, Crow Agency, Fishtail General Store, Custer Battlefield Museum, Pompeys Pillar National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Pompeys Pillar National Monument ©
Pompeys Pillar National Monument
Horseback Riding Tours
Moss Mansion ©
Moss Mansion

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