35 days in Montana Itinerary

35 days in Montana Itinerary

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35 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  7​h
1
Billings
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Bozeman
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
West Yellowstone
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Great Falls
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Helena
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Missoula
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Whitefish
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Glacier National Park
— 7 nights
taxi + Fly:  9​h
End: Houston

4
nights
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. Escape the urban bustle at Horseback Riding Tours and Pompeys Pillar National Monument. Get out of town with these interesting Billings side-trips: Silver Run Trails (in Red Lodge) and Crow Agency (Little Bighorn Battlefield & Custer Battlefield Trading Post & Cafe). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Yellowstone Cellars & Winery, contemplate the long history of Pompeys Pillar, look for gifts at Scheels, and get outside with Outlaw Canyon Adventures, LLC.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Billings tour itinerary planner .

Houston to Billings is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Houston to Billings. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Houston in August; daily highs in Billings reach 85°F and lows reach 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in Billings

Outdoors Parks Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Crow Agency, Pompeys Pillar National Monument, Silver Run Trails
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Little Bighorn Battlefield ©
Little Bighorn Battlefield
Pompeys Pillar National Monument ©
Pompeys Pillar National Monument

4
nights
Bozeman

Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Step out of the city life by going to Ousel Falls Trail and Fishing Charters & Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Bozeman side-trips: Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park (in Three Forks) and Big Sky (The Soldiers Chapel & Big Sky Resort). There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Museum of the Rockies, take an in-depth tour of American Computer Museum, kick back and relax at Glen Lake Rotary Park - Bozeman Beach (formerly East Gallatin Recreation Area), and sample the fine beverages at Bozeman Spirits Distillery.

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You can drive from Billings to Bozeman in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Billings in September since evenings lows in Bozeman dip to 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Gardiner.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Big Sky, Madison River Brewing, Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Big Sky Resort ©
Big Sky Resort
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park ©

1
night
Gardiner

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then look for gifts at Parks' Fly Shop, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Gardiner attractions planning tool .

Traveling by car from Bozeman to Gardiner takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Bozeman in September: high temperatures in Gardiner hover around 64°F and lows are around 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing
Parks' Fly Shop ©
Parks' Fly Shop

4
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Take a break from the city and head to Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and Fishing Charters & Tours. When in West Yellowstone, make a side trip to see Sylvia's Sweet Shoppe in Cooke City, approximately 1h 55 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone River, take a memorable drive along Beartooth Highway, admire all the interesting features of Earthquake Lake, and get your game on at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos.

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

You can drive from Gardiner to West Yellowstone in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September in West Yellowstone, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 32°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Beartooth Hwy, Sylvia's Sweet Shoppe
Highlights from your plan
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Yellowstone River ©
Yellowstone River
Fishing Charters & Tours

3
nights
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Visiting Giant Springs State Park and Ryan Dam - Great Falls of the Missouri will get you outdoors. Take a break from Great Falls with a short trip to Fort Benton Bridge in Fort Benton, about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: listen to music at Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, trek along River's Edge Trail, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bowser Brewing Company, and get engrossed in the history at Ursuline Centre.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Great Falls trip planning tool .

Drive from West Yellowstone to Great Falls in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, car, and bus; or fly. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from West Yellowstone in September, with highs in Great Falls at 71°F and lows at 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Fort Benton Bridge, First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
Highlights from your plan
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park
River's Edge Trail ©
River's Edge Trail

3
nights
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Visiting Gates of the Mountains and Mount Helena will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helena: Headframe Spirits (in Butte) and Deer Lodge (Grant-Kohrs Ranch, Yesterday's Playthings, & more). And it doesn't end there: sample the tasty concoctions at Lewis & Clark Brewing Company, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Helena, and get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Helena vacation tool .

Drive from Great Falls to Helena in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Helena can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Helena

Breweries & Distilleries Nature Parks

Side Trips

Deer Lodge, Headframe Spirits
Highlights from your plan
Headframe Spirits ©
Headframe Spirits
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Mount Helena ©
Mount Helena

4
nights
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. Take a break from the city and head to Double Arrow Golf Course and Silver Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Missoula: Blacksmith Brewing Company (in Stevensville), River Rafting & Tubing (in Superior) and Philipsburg Brewing Company (in Philipsburg). Next up on the itinerary: sample the tasty concoctions at Imagine Nation Brewing Co, look for gifts at Grizzly Hackle Fly Shop, identify plant and animal life at National Bison Range, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Montgomery Distillery.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Missoula vacation planning app .

Traveling by car from Helena to Missoula takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Missoula are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Whitefish.

Things to do in Missoula

Breweries & Distilleries Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Double Arrow Golf Course, National Bison Range, Philipsburg Brewing Company, River Rafting & Tubing, Blacksmith Brewing Company
Highlights from your plan
Philipsburg Brewing Company ©
Philipsburg Brewing Company
River Rafting & Tubing
National Bison Range ©
National Bison Range

4
nights
Whitefish

Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Whitefish Mountain Resort. Explore Whitefish's surroundings by going to Mission Mountain Winery (in Dayton) and Hidden Lake (in West Glacier). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at City Beach, sample the tasty concoctions at Great Northern Brewing Company, explore the activities along Whitefish Lake Golf Club, and tee off at Meadow Lake Golf Resort.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Whitefish trip itinerary maker app .

Drive from Missoula to Whitefish in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Whitefish

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trips

West Glacier, Glacier Distilling Company, Meadow Lake Golf Resort, Mission Mountain Winery
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Whitefish Mountain Resort ©
Whitefish Mountain Resort
Glacier Distilling Company ©
Glacier Distilling Company

7
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Virginia Falls and Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier, stroll through Highline Trail, explore the activities along Swiftcurrent Lake, and hike along Iceberg Lake Trail.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Whitefish to Glacier National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in September, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Virginia Falls ©
Virginia Falls
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road

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