36 days in Montana Itinerary

36 days in Montana Itinerary

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Missoula
— 3 nights
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Whitefish
— 4 nights
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Glacier National Park
— 5 nights
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Great Falls
— 4 nights
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Helena
— 4 nights
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Butte
— 2 nights
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West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
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Gardiner
— 1 night
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Bozeman
— 4 nights
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Billings
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Missoula

Missoula is a city in the U.S. Venture out of the city with trips to Philipsburg (Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine & Winninghoff Park) and Ohrmann Museum & Gallery (in Drummond). There's still lots to do: trek along Rattlesnake National Recreation Area, examine the collection at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Sentinel, and grab your bike and head to Silver Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Missoula day trip planner.

Columbus to Missoula is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Columbus to Missoula. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Columbus in May, with highs in Missoula at 68°F and lows at 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Whitefish.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

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Whitefish

Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Explore Whitefish's surroundings by going to Bigfork (KEHOE'S AGATE SHOP, INC. & Howe’s Fishing – A Able/Mo Fisch Charters and Tours), Glacier National Park (in West Glacier) and Kootenai Falls Suspension Bridge (in Libby). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Sunti World Art Gallery, identify plant and animal life at Ross Creek Cedar Grove Scenic Area, and immerse yourself in nature at Lone Pine State Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Whitefish travel planner.

Getting from Missoula to Whitefish by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Whitefish

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

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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.
Glacier National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier, take in the awesome beauty at Swiftcurrent Mountain, hike along Trail of the Cedars, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McDonald.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Whitefish to Glacier National Park takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in May, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Great Falls.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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Great Falls

Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Beneath the Streets (in Havre) and White Cliffs (in Fort Benton). The adventure continues: listen to music at Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, explore the activities along Sacagawea Springs, take an in-depth tour of The History Museum, and play a few rounds at Valley View Garden Golf.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Great Falls road trip app.

You can drive from Glacier National Park to Great Falls in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Helena

Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Helena is known for nature, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see what you can catch with Montana Fishing Outfitters, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gates of the Mountains, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of St. Helena, and ponder the world of politics at Montana State Capitol.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Helena trip planner.

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Helena takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Helena sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Butte.

Things to do in Helena

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Butte

Butte is a city in, and the county seat of Silver Bow County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at The Ringing Rocks, see the interesting displays at Old Montana Prison Complex, then get a taste of life in the country at Grant-Kohrs Ranch, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Lost Creek State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Old Lexington Stamp Mill and Gardens, then take in panoramic vistas at Granite Mountain Memorial Overlook, then steep yourself in history at Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Headframe Spirits.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Butte day trip site.

Traveling by car from Helena to Butte takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Helena in June, expect Butte to be a bit cooler, temps between 73°F and 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Butte

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

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West Yellowstone

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
When in West Yellowstone, make a side trip to see Ousel Falls Trail in Big Sky, approximately Big Sky away. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, explore the activities along Yellowstone River, contemplate the long history of Earthquake Lake, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the West Yellowstone route planner.

Drive from Butte to West Yellowstone in 3 hours. Traveling from Butte in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in West Yellowstone, with lows of 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Gardiner.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

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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 18th (Fri): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get a dose of the wild on Yellowstone Year Round Safaris, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Gardiner online journey planner.

Getting from West Yellowstone to Gardiner by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in June, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bozeman.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

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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: River Rafting & Tubing (in Big Sky) and Yellowstone Guidelines (in Livingston). There's much more to do: see the sky in a new way at Museum of the Rockies, admire the sheer force of Palisade Falls, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Madison River Brewing, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Bozeman.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Bozeman itinerary app.

Getting from Gardiner to Bozeman by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Gardiner in June: high temperatures in Bozeman hover around 77°F and lows are around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Billings.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · 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. Change things up with these side-trips from Billings: Crow Agency (Little Bighorn Battlefield & Custer Battlefield Trading Company), Custer Battlefield Museum (in Garryowen) and Bighorn Trout Shop (in Fort Smith). There's lots more to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Angry Hank's Microbrewery, take an in-depth tour of Big Horn County Historical Museum, trot along with a tour on horseback, and explore the world behind art at Yellowstone County Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Billings online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bozeman to Billings takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Billings when traveling from Bozeman in June, with lows around 54°F. On the 27th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Billings

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Montana travel guide

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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.