35 days in Montana Itinerary

35 days in Montana Itinerary

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35 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
1
Glacier National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Bigfork
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Missoula
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Philipsburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Helena
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Great Falls
— 4 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Billings
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Bozeman
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

5
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 Glacier National Park to go to Polebridge and see The Polebridge Mercantile, which is approximately 50 minutes away. Spend the 24th (Wed) exploring nature at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Garden Wall, take in the awesome beauty at Swiftcurrent Mountain, explore the activities along Iceberg Lake, and hike along Granite Park Trail.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Glacier National Park holiday planner.

San Francisco to Glacier National Park is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Glacier National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from San Francisco in April, you will find days in Glacier National Park are a bit cooler (56°F), and nights are cooler (30°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Bigfork.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

The Polebridge Mercantile
Highlights from your plan
Garden Wall ©
Garden Wall
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road

3
nights
Bigfork

Bigfork ©
Bigfork is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Head to Eva Gates Homemade Preserves and Eric Thorsen Art Studiofor some retail therapy. The adventure continues: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Whistling Andy, explore the activities along Swan River, don't miss a visit to Art Fusion, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Swan River Nature Trail.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Bigfork driving holiday website .

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Bigfork takes 3.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Bigfork are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Missoula.

Things to do in Bigfork

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Swan River ©
Swan River
Eva Gates Homemade Preserves ©
Eva Gates Homemade Preserves
Whistling Andy ©
Whistling Andy

4
nights
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. Head to Rockin Rudy's and Missoula Farmer's Marketfor some retail therapy. St. Ignatius Mission and St. Mary's Mission will appeal to history buffs. When in Missoula, make a side trip to see Garden of One Thousand Buddhas in Arlee, approximately 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Imagine Nation Brewing Co, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Montgomery Distillery, get a new perspective on nature at Montana Natural History Center, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Francis Xavier Church.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Missoula journey tool .

Traveling by car from Bigfork to Missoula takes 2 hours. April in Missoula sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 32°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Philipsburg.

Things to do in Missoula

Breweries & Distilleries Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Garden of One Thousand Buddhas, St. Ignatius Mission, St. Mary's Mission, Lolo Peak Brewing
Highlights from your plan
Imagine Nation Brewing Co ©
Imagine Nation Brewing Co
St. Ignatius Mission ©
St. Ignatius Mission
Garden of One Thousand Buddhas ©
Garden of One Thousand Buddhas

2
nights
Philipsburg

Philipsburg ©
Philipsburg is a town in and the county seat of Granite County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): see a world frozen in time at Granite Ghost Town State Park, then see the interesting displays at Powell County Museum & Arts Foundation, then contemplate the long history of Grant-Kohrs Ranch, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Ohrmann Museum & Gallery. Keep things going the next day: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Philipsburg Brewing Company, stop by Montana Gems of Philipsburg, and then take an in-depth tour of Granite County Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Philipsburg trip planner .

You can drive from Missoula to Philipsburg in 1.5 hours. In May, Philipsburg is little chillier than Missoula - with highs of 61°F and lows of 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Helena.

Things to do in Philipsburg

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Deer Lodge, Ohrmann Museum & Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Grant-Kohrs Ranch ©
Grant-Kohrs Ranch
Montana Gems of Philipsburg ©
Montana Gems of Philipsburg
Ohrmann Museum & Gallery ©
Ohrmann Museum & Gallery

4
nights
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Popular historic sites such as Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives and Cathedral of St. Helena are in your itinerary. Do your shopping at Blackfoot Pathways:Sculpture in the Wild and The Parrot Confectionery. Explore Helena's surroundings by going to Castle and Carriage House (in White Sulphur Springs) and Headframe Spirits (in Butte). There's lots more to do: sample the tasty concoctions at Lewis & Clark Brewing Company, get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol, take in the exciting artwork at Archie Bray Foundation, and grab your bike and head to Mount Helena.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Helena online tour itinerary builder .

Drive from Philipsburg to Helena in 2 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Philipsburg in May: high temperatures in Helena hover around 67°F and lows are around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Helena

Breweries & Distilleries Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Butte, Castle and Carriage House, Blackfoot Pathways:Sculpture in the Wild
Highlights from your plan
Headframe Spirits ©
Headframe Spirits
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena
Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives ©

4
nights
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and St. Ann Cathedral. Get out of town with these interesting Great Falls side-trips: Trex Agate Shop (in Bynum) and Fort Benton Museums & Heritage Complex (in Fort Benton). There's still lots to do: tee off at Valley View Garden Golf, explore the activities along Sacagawea Springs, get engrossed in the history at Ursuline Centre, and identify plant and animal life at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Great Falls journey app .

Getting from Helena to Great Falls by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in May, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Billings.

Things to do in Great Falls

Outdoors Golf Historic Sites

Side Trips

Trex Agate Shop, Fort Benton Museums & Heritage Complex, First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
Highlights from your plan
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park ©
St. Ann Cathedral ©
St. Ann Cathedral

5
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. Little Bighorn Battlefield and Custer Battlefield Trading Post & Cafe will appeal to history buffs. Head to Bighorn Trout Shop and Toucan Galleryfor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from Billings: Pompeys Pillar National Monument (in Pompeys Pillar), Fishtail General Store (in Fishtail) and Carbon County Art Guild & Depot Gallery (in Red Lodge). The adventure continues: do a tasting at Yellowstone Cellars & Winery, sample the tasty concoctions at Canyon Creek Brewing, have fun and explore at Wise Wonders Children's Museum, and get outside with Outlaw Canyon Adventures, LLC.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Billings trip app .

Getting from Great Falls to Billings by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. Traveling from Great Falls in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Billings, with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Billings

Breweries & Distilleries Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Crow Agency, Carbon County Art Guild & Depot Gallery, Bighorn Trout Shop, Fishtail General Store, Pompeys Pillar National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Canyon Creek Brewing ©
Canyon Creek Brewing
Little Bighorn Battlefield ©
Little Bighorn Battlefield
Custer Battlefield Trading Company ©
Custer Battlefield Trading Company

2
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun and then identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone River and then look for gifts at Eagle's Store.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the West Yellowstone online tour builder .

Traveling by car from Billings to West Yellowstone takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Billings in May, things will get slightly colder in West Yellowstone: highs are around 57°F and lows about 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks Theme Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Eagle's Store ©
Eagle's Store
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun ©
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun

5
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. Shop till you drop at Bozeman Public Library and Lone Mountain Ranch Outdoor Shop. Beartooth Hwy and Downtown Bozeman will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Bozeman side-trips: Yellowstone Gateway Museum (in Livingston) and Big Sky (Big Sky Chapel, The Soldiers Chapel, & more). There's much more to do: learn more about the world around you at Museum of the Rockies, sample the fine beverages at Bozeman Spirits Distillery, and take an in-depth tour of American Computer Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Bozeman trip itinerary site .

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Bozeman in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from West Yellowstone in May; daily highs in Bozeman reach 65°F and lows reach 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bozeman

Museums Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Big Sky, Yellowstone Gateway Museum
Highlights from your plan
Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies
Downtown Bozeman ©
Downtown Bozeman
Bozeman Public Library ©
Bozeman Public Library

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