32 days in Montana Itinerary

32 days in Montana Itinerary

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32 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly + Drive:  18​h 30​min
1
Glacier National Park
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Whitefish
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Great Falls
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Dillon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Cooke City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Bozeman
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Billings
— 4 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Paris

9
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. Change things up with a short trip to The Polebridge Mercantile in Polebridge (about 50 minutes away). There's lots more to do: cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road, contemplate the waterfront views at Avalanche Lake, admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls, and admire the verdant scenery at Logan Pass.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Glacier National Park online travel route planner .

Paris, France to Glacier National Park is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. When traveling from Paris in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Glacier National Park, with highs around 33°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Whitefish.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

The Polebridge Mercantile
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Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road

2
nights
Whitefish

Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. On the 11th (Sun), kick back and relax at City Beach and then fly down the slopes at Whitefish Mountain Resort. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Stumptown Marketplace, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then get your game on at Amazing Fun Center.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Whitefish trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Whitefish takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In August in Whitefish, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Great Falls.

Things to do in Whitefish

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Amazing Fun Center
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River Rafting & Tubing
Whitefish Mountain Resort ©
Whitefish Mountain Resort
City Beach ©
City Beach

2
nights
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. On the 13th (Tue), admire the majestic nature at Giant Springs State Park, then enjoy some music at Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and then admire the masterpieces at Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at C.M. Russell Museum, explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of Montana, and then play a few rounds at Meadow Lark Country Club.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Great Falls trip website .

Getting from Whitefish to Great Falls by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In August in Great Falls, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Dillon.

Things to do in Great Falls

Museums Outdoors Golf
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Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
C.M. Russell Museum ©
C.M. Russell Museum
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park

2
nights
Dillon

Dillon ©
Dillon is a city in and the county seat of Beaverhead County, Montana, United States. On the 15th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Beaverhead County Museum, then admire the majestic nature at Clark's Lookout State Park, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Beaverhead River. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the engineering at Clark Canyon Dam and then admire the majestic nature at Bannack State Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Dillon online holiday planner .

You can drive from Great Falls to Dillon in 3.5 hours. In August in Dillon, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Dillon

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Bannack State Park ©
Bannack State Park
Beaverhead County Museum ©
Beaverhead County Museum
Clark's Lookout State Park ©
Clark's Lookout State Park

3
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Step out of the city life by going to Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and Lone Peak. When in West Yellowstone, make a side trip to see Ousel Falls Trail in Big Sky, approximately 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, stop by Eagle's Store, get your game on at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the West Yellowstone trip planner .

You can drive from Dillon to West Yellowstone in 3 hours. In August, West Yellowstone is a bit cooler than Dillon - with highs of 28°C and lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cooke City.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Big Sky
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Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Fishing Charters & Tours
Museum of the Yellowstone ©
Museum of the Yellowstone

2
nights
Cooke City

Cooke City ©
Cooke City-Silver Gate is a census-designated place (CDP) in Park County, Montana, United States. On the 20th (Tue), admire all the interesting features of Beartooth Hwy, get a new perspective on nature at Yellowstone Trading Post, then take an in-depth tour of Cooke City Montana Museum, and finally trek along Clarks Fork Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): look for gifts at Cooke City General Store, then take a memorable drive along Beartooth Highway, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Fork Trail.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cooke City tour planner .

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Cooke City takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from West Yellowstone in August, expect nights in Cooke City to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Gardiner.

Things to do in Cooke City

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Beartooth Hwy, Lake Fork Trail
Highlights from your plan
Yellowstone Trading Post ©
Yellowstone Trading Post
Cooke City Montana Museum ©
Cooke City Montana Museum

1
night
Gardiner

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Gardiner tour planner.

You can drive from Cooke City to Gardiner in 2 hours. August in Gardiner sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Bozeman.

Things to do in Gardiner

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

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. Let the collections at Museum of the Rockies and American Computer Museum capture your imagination. Downtown Bozeman and Missouri Headwaters State Park will appeal to history buffs. On the 26th (Mon), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Bridger Bowl. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Gallatin River, sample the fine beverages at Bozeman Spirits Distillery, grab your bike and head to Middle Cottonwood Trailhead, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Montana Grizzly Encounter.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Bozeman online vacation planner .

Getting from Gardiner to Bozeman by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Gardiner in August: high temperatures in Bozeman hover around 34°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Billings.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Missouri Headwaters State Park
Highlights from your plan
American Computer & Robotics Museum ©
Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies
Downtown Bozeman ©
Downtown Bozeman

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. Do some cultural sightseeing at Little Bighorn Battlefield and Pictograph Cave State Park. Step out of the city life by going to Pompeys Pillar National Monument and Chief Plenty Coups State Park. And it doesn't end there: meet the residents at ZooMontana, take in the exciting artwork at Toucan Gallery, admire all the interesting features of Dehler Park, and stop by Scheels.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Billings trip planner.

Getting from Bozeman to Billings by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Billings when traveling from Bozeman in August, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Billings

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Little Bighorn Battlefield, Chief Plenty Coups State Park, Pompeys Pillar National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Pictograph Cave State Park ©
Pictograph Cave State Park
Little Bighorn Battlefield ©
Little Bighorn Battlefield
Moss Mansion ©
Moss Mansion

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