37 days in Montana Itinerary

37 days in Montana Itinerary

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37 days in Montana Itinerary

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

4
nights
Missoula

Missoula is a city in the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fishing Charters & Tours. Museum-lovers will get to explore Garnet Ghost Town and Big Sky Brewing. Popular historic sites such as River Rafting & Tubing and St. Francis Xavier Church are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Missoula: National Bison Range (in Moiese) and Philipsburg (Philipsburg Brewing Company & Granite County Museum). There's much more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Missoula Farmer's Market, look for gifts at Grizzly Hackle Fly Shop, and walk around Jacob Island Dog Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Missoula tour planner.

New York City to Missoula is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in June, Missoula is a bit cooler at night with lows of 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Whitefish.

Things to do in Missoula

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Philipsburg, River Rafting & Tubing, National Bison Range
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Fishing Charters & Tours
Garnet Ghost Town ©
Garnet Ghost Town

4
nights
Whitefish

Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Visit River Rafting & Tubing and Conrad Mansion for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sunti World Art Gallery and Libby Heritage Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Whitefish: Kootenai Falls & Swinging Bridge (in Libby), Swan River Nature Trail (in Bigfork) and Hidden Lake (in West Glacier). Next up on the itinerary: hit the slopes at Whitefish Mountain Resort, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Glacier Distilling Company, examine the collection at The Museum at Central School, and take an in-depth tour of Depot Park.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Whitefish road trip app .

Traveling by car from Missoula to Whitefish takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In June, daily temperatures in Whitefish can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Whitefish

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Kalispell, Libby, West Glacier, Glacier Distilling Company, Depot Park
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Whitefish Mountain Resort ©
Whitefish Mountain Resort
Conrad Mansion ©
Conrad Mansion

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes St.Mary Falls. Step out of the city life by going to Virginia Falls and Going-to-the-Sun Road. Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and Grinnell Glacier will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Iceberg Lake Trail, explore the activities along Lake McDonald, hike along Highline Trail, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden Wall.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Glacier National Park vacation planner.

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 85°F in July, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

4
nights
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and C.M. Russell Museum. Museum-lovers will get to explore Ursuline Centre and Meadow Lark Country Club. Get out of town with these interesting Great Falls side-trips: Fort Benton (Fort Benton Museums & Heritage Complex & Museum of the Northern Great Plains). There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Giant Springs State Park, steep yourself in history at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, sample the tasty concoctions at Bowser Brewing Company, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Ann Cathedral.

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Drive from Glacier National Park to Great Falls in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Great Falls, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Helena.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Fort Benton, First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
Highlights from your plan
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park ©
C.M. Russell Museum ©
C.M. Russell Museum

3
nights
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Get outdoors at Gates of the Mountains and Copper Canyon Harley Davidson. Museum-lovers will get to explore World Museum of Mining and Cathedral of St. Helena. Get out of town with these interesting Helena side-trips: Deer Lodge (Grant-Kohrs Ranch & Powell County Museum & Arts Foundation) and Butte (Berkeley Pit & Copper King Mansion). Next up on the itinerary: get a taste of the local shopping with Archie Bray Foundation.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Helena planner .

You can drive from Great Falls to Helena in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Helena are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Helena

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Butte, Deer Lodge
Highlights from your plan
World Museum of Mining ©
World Museum of Mining
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Grant-Kohrs Ranch ©
Grant-Kohrs Ranch

4
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Get outdoors at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and Beartooth Highway. Popular historic sites such as Fishing Charters & Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours are in your itinerary. Step out of West Yellowstone with an excursion to Cooke City General Store in Cooke City--about 1h 55 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Yellowstone River, trot along with a tour on horseback, have some family-friendly fun at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos, and steep yourself in history at Earthquake Lake.

To find out how to plan a trip to West Yellowstone, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Helena to West Yellowstone in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Helena in July, with highs in West Yellowstone at 77°F and lows at 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Beartooth Highway, Cooke City General Store
Highlights from your plan
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Fishing Charters & Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Gardiner

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
On the 22nd (Mon), 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. Here are some ideas for day two: explore by horseback at Wilderness Connection.

Plan trip to Gardiner with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from West Yellowstone to Gardiner by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in July, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in Gardiner

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

4
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. Horseback Riding Tours has been added to your itinerary. Museum of the Rockies and Fishing Charters & Tours will appeal to museum buffs. Get outdoors at Ousel Falls Trail and Missouri Headwaters State Park. Get out of town with these interesting Bozeman side-trips: Yellowstone Gateway Museum (in Livingston) and Lone Peak (in Big Sky). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Gallatin History Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at Madison River Brewing, get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Bozeman, and make a trip to Emerson Cultural Center.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Bozeman tour planning site .

You can drive from Gardiner to Bozeman in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Gardiner in July, expect Bozeman to be somewhat warmer, temps between 86°F and 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Billings.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Big Sky, Yellowstone Gateway Museum, Madison River Brewing, Missouri Headwaters State Park
Highlights from your plan
Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies
Lone Peak ©
Lone Peak
Downtown Bozeman ©
Downtown Bozeman

4
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. Let the collections at Little Bighorn Battlefield and Moss Mansion capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Custer Battlefield Museum and Yellowstone Cellars & Winery. Get out of town with these interesting Billings side-trips: Pompeys Pillar National Monument (in Pompeys Pillar) and Big Horn County Historical Museum (in Hardin). Next up on the itinerary: have fun and explore at Wise Wonders Children's Museum, pause for some photo ops at Pompeys Pillar, sample the tasty concoctions at Thirsty Street Brewing Company, and take in the exciting artwork at Toucan Gallery.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Billings trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Bozeman to Billings takes 2.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Bozeman in July since evenings lows in Billings dip to 60°F. On the 31st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Billings

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Custer Battlefield Museum, Pompeys Pillar National Monument, Big Horn County Historical Museum, Little Bighorn Battlefield
Highlights from your plan
Custer Battlefield Museum ©
Custer Battlefield Museum
Little Bighorn Battlefield ©
Little Bighorn Battlefield
Big Horn County Historical Museum ©
Big Horn County Historical Museum

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