33 days in Montana & Buffalo Itinerary

33 days in Montana & Buffalo Itinerary

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Drive to Edmonton International Airport, Fly to Missoula International Airport, Drive to Glacier National Park
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Glacier National Park
— 4 nights
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Whitefish
— 3 nights
Fly
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Buffalo
— 4 nights
Fly
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Billings
— 3 nights
Drive
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Red Lodge
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cooke City
— 1 night
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West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
Drive
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Dillon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bozeman
— 4 nights
Drive
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Great Falls
— 4 nights
Fly to Edmonton International Airport, Drive to Red Deer

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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.
Spend the 24th (Sun) exploring nature at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Swiftcurrent Mountain, explore the activities along McDonald Creek, stroll through Piegan Pass, and hike along Granite Park Trail.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Glacier National Park attractions app.

Red Deer, Canada to Glacier National Park is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Red Deer in March, with highs in Glacier National Park at 9°C and lows at -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Whitefish.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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Whitefish

Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Swan Lake (in Bigfork) and West Glacier (River Rafting & Tubing & Ptarmigan Tunnel). Next up on the itinerary: whizz through the canopy at Whitefish Mountain Resort, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Spotted Bear Spirits, take in the spiritual surroundings of First Presbyterian Church, and stop by Willow's HuckleberryLand.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Whitefish online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Glacier National Park to Whitefish in 1.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Whitefish can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Buffalo.

Things to do in Whitefish

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Adventure

Side Trips

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Buffalo

Queen City

The most populous city in the state after New York, Buffalo serves as the gateway to Niagara Falls and Canada for many travelers.
Change things up with these side-trips from Buffalo: The Strong National Museum of Play (in Rochester), Niagara Falls (Schoellkopf Power Station, Niagara Wine Trail USA, &more) and Oliver's Candies (in Batavia). There's still lots to do: try to win big at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack, stroll around Patriots and Heroes Park, admire the striking features of Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium of Niagara.

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Fly from Whitefish to Buffalo in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Whitefish to Buffalo is 2 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Whitefish in March: highs in Buffalo hover around 4°C, while lows dip to -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Billings.

Things to do in Buffalo

Parks · Fun & Games · Casinos · Nature

Side Trips

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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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Billings: Big Horn County Historical Museum (in Hardin) and Little Bighorn Battlefield (in Crow Agency). There's lots more to do: do a tasting at Yellowstone Cellars & Winery, explore the engaging exhibits at Wise Wonders Children's Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at DanWalt Gardens, and stop by Scheels.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Billings tour planner.

Getting from Buffalo to Billings by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Buffalo to Billings is minus 2 hours. In April in Billings, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Red Lodge.

Things to do in Billings

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Red Lodge

Red Lodge is a city in and the county seat of Carbon County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): hit the slopes at Red Lodge Mountain and then cruise along Beartooth Hwy. On the next day, look for gifts at Babcock & Miles, then take in the exciting artwork at Carbon County Art Guild & Depot Gallery, then explore the activities along Wild Bill Lake, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Silver Run Trails.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Red Lodge trip planner.

Traveling by car from Billings to Red Lodge takes 1.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cooke City.

Things to do in Red Lodge

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trip

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Cooke City

Cooke City-Silver Gate is a census-designated place (CDP) in Park County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): stop by Sylvia's Sweet Shoppe, take an in-depth tour of Cooke City Montana Museum, then get great views at Clay Butte Fire Lookout Tower, and finally trek along Clarks Fork Trail.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cooke City online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Red Lodge to Cooke City takes 1.5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Red Lodge in April, with highs in Cooke City at 6°C and lows at -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Cooke City

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Shopping

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West Yellowstone

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Get out of town with these interesting West Yellowstone side-trips: Gardiner (Horseback Riding Tours & Yellowstone Gifts & Sweets). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, explore the activities along Earthquake Lake, get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, and have some family-friendly fun at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our West Yellowstone trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Cooke City to West Yellowstone by car takes about 2.5 hours. In April in West Yellowstone, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and -6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Dillon.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Dillon

Dillon is a city in and the county seat of Beaverhead County, Montana, United States. On the 14th (Sun), look for gifts at The Bookstore, immerse yourself in nature at Clark's Lookout State Park, and then see a world frozen in time at Bannack State Park. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Beaverhead County Museum, take an in-depth tour of Dillon Visitor Center, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Dillon day trip site.

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Dillon in 3 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from West Yellowstone in April, with highs in Dillon at 15°C and lows at -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Bozeman.

Things to do in Dillon

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

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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. Get out of town with these interesting Bozeman side-trips: Big Sky (Big Sky Resort, Lone Peak, &more). On the 18th (Thu), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Bridger Bowl. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at American Computer & Robotics Museum, take a memorable tour with Tours, see the sky in a new way at Museum of the Rockies, and get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Bozeman.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Bozeman trip itinerary website.

Drive from Dillon to Bozeman in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in April, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Great Falls.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trip

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Great Falls

Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Step out of Great Falls to go to Choteau and see Teton Pass Ski Area, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, admire the masterpieces at Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, take an in-depth tour of Ursuline Centre, and tee off at Meadow Lark Country Club.

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Getting from Bozeman to Great Falls by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. In April in Great Falls, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and -1°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trip

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.