32 days in Southeast Montana Itinerary

32 days in Southeast Montana Itinerary

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32 days in Southeast Montana Itinerary

Start: Cedar Rapids
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Kalispell
— 6 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
2
Livingston
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Cooke City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Billings
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Red Lodge
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Fort Smith
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Hardin
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Miles City
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Glendive
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Cedar Rapids

6
nights
Kalispell

Kalispell ©
Kalispell is a city in, and the county seat of Flathead County, Montana, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lone Pine State Park and Herron Park. Get out of town with these interesting Kalispell side-trips: Columbia Falls (The Shops at Station 8, Depot Park, & more). The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Flathead Lake State Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Matthew's Church, play a few rounds at Village Greens Golf Course, and admire the masterpieces at Hockaday Museum of Art.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kalispell tour itinerary planner.

Cedar Rapids to Kalispell is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Kalispell when traveling from Cedar Rapids in May, with lows around 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Livingston.

Things to do in Kalispell

Parks Outdoors Golf

Side Trip

Columbia Falls
Highlights from your plan
Lone Pine State Park ©
Lone Pine State Park
Wild Horse Island State Park ©
Wild Horse Island State Park
Herron Park ©
Herron Park

2
nights
Livingston

Livingston ©
Livingston is a city and the county seat of Park County, Montana, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Livingston Depot Center and Fishing Charters & Tours. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sacajawea Park, stop by Bear Paw Outfitters, steep yourself in history at Yellowstone Gateway Museum, and trek along Pine Creek Trail.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Livingston trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Kalispell to Livingston in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In May, daytime highs in Livingston are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cooke City.

Things to do in Livingston

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Sacajawea Park ©
Sacajawea Park
Yellowstone Gateway Museum ©
Yellowstone Gateway Museum
Livingston Depot Center ©
Livingston Depot Center

1
night
Cooke City

Cooke City ©
Cooke City-Silver Gate is a census-designated place (CDP) in Park County, Montana, United States. On the 11th (Sat), learn more about the world around you at Yellowstone Trading Post, take some stellar pictures from Clay Butte Fire Lookout Tower, then hike along Clarks Fork Trail, then take an in-depth tour of Cooke City Montana Museum, and finally stop by Cooke City General Store.

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Getting from Livingston to Cooke City by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Livingston in May; daily highs in Cooke City reach 53°F and lows reach 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Billings.

Things to do in Cooke City

Trails Outdoors Parks
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Cooke City Montana Museum ©
Cooke City Montana Museum
Yellowstone Trading Post ©
Yellowstone Trading Post

9
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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pompeys Pillar National Monument and Outlaw Canyon Adventures, LLC. When in Billings, make a side trip to see Huntley Project Museum of Irrigated Agriculture in Huntley, approximately 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Yellowstone Art Museum, admire all the interesting features of Dehler Park, take in nature's colorful creations at DanWalt Gardens, and have fun and explore at Wise Wonders Children's Museum.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Billings road trip planning app .

Drive from Cooke City to Billings in 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Cooke City in May; daily highs in Billings reach 67°F and lows reach 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Red Lodge.

Things to do in Billings

Parks Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Pompeys Pillar National Monument, Huntley Project Museum of Irrigated Agriculture
Highlights from your plan
Dehler Park ©
Dehler Park
Yellowstone Art Museum ©
Yellowstone Art Museum
Pompeys Pillar National Monument ©
Pompeys Pillar National Monument

4
nights
Red Lodge

Red Lodge ©
Red Lodge is a city in and the county seat of Carbon County, Montana, United States. Explore hidden gems such as Red Lodge Mountain and Wild Bill Lake. Take a break from Red Lodge with a short trip to Fishtail General Store in Fishtail, about 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary, take in the exciting artwork at Carbon County Art Guild & Depot Gallery, get engrossed in the history at Carbon County Historical Society and Museum, and look for gifts at Babcock & Miles.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Red Lodge road trip planning tool .

Drive from Billings to Red Lodge in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Billings in May, you will find days in Red Lodge are little chillier (62°F), and nights are about the same (42°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Fort Smith.

Things to do in Red Lodge

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Fishtail General Store
Highlights from your plan
Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary
Red Lodge Mountain ©
Red Lodge Mountain

2
nights
Fort Smith

Fort Smith ©
Fort Smith is a census-designated place (CDP) in Big Horn County, Montana, United States. On the 25th (Sat), see human ingenuity at work at Yellowtail Dam and then look for gifts at Bighorn Trout Shop.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, read our Fort Smith trip planner.

You can drive from Red Lodge to Fort Smith in 2.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Red Lodge in May: highs in Fort Smith hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 45°F. On the 26th (Sun), you'll travel to Hardin.

Things to do in Fort Smith

Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Yellowtail Dam ©
Yellowtail Dam

2
nights
Hardin

Hardin ©
Hardin is a city in and the county seat of Big Horn County, Montana, United States. On the 27th (Mon), witness the site of a historic battle at Custer Battlefield Museum, then witness the site of a historic battle at Custer Battlefield Trading Post & Cafe, and then pause for some photo ops at Little Bighorn Battlefield. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowtail Reservoir and then take an in-depth tour of Big Horn County Historical Museum.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hardin trip maker site .

Drive from Fort Smith to Hardin in an hour. Traveling from Fort Smith in May, expect Hardin to be much colder, temps between 8°F and 8°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Miles City.

Things to do in Hardin

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Crow Agency, Custer Battlefield Museum
Highlights from your plan
Big Horn County Historical Museum ©
Big Horn County Historical Museum
Custer Battlefield Museum ©
Custer Battlefield Museum

2
nights
Miles City

Miles City ©
Miles City is a city in and the county seat of Custer County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Range Riders Museum, then admire the masterpieces at WaterWorks Art Museum, and then learn about winemaking at Tongue River Winery.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Miles City day trip planning app .

Drive from Hardin to Miles City in 2 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Hardin in May: high temperatures in Miles City hover around 69°F and lows are around 44°F. On the 30th (Thu), you're off toGlendive.

Things to do in Miles City

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

2
nights
Glendive

Glendive ©
Glendive is a city in and the county seat of Dawson County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Frontier Gateway Museum, then see the interesting displays at Glendive Dinosaur & Fossil Museum, and then admire the majestic nature at Makoshika State Park.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Glendive vacation builder app .

You can drive from Miles City to Glendive in 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 41°F. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Glendive

Museums Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Makoshika State Park ©
Makoshika State Park
Glendive Dinosaur & Fossil Museum ©
Glendive Dinosaur & Fossil Museum
Frontier Gateway Museum ©
Frontier Gateway Museum