38 days in Montana Itinerary

38 days in Montana Itinerary

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

Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Whitefish side-trips: Bigfork (Swan River Nature Trail & Whistling Andy). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. The adventure continues: test your team's savvy at Hidden Key Escape Games, make a trip to Dick Idol Signature Gallery, learn the secrets of beer at Big Sky Brews Cruise, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Whitefish trip planning site.

Los Angeles to Whitefish is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in November, with highs in Whitefish at 40°F and lows at 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Whitefish

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

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.
Step out of Glacier National Park to go to Polebridge and see The Polebridge Mercantile, which is approximately 40 minutes away. On the 3rd (Thu), hike the day away at Highline Trail. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McDonald, admire the sheer force of St.Mary Falls, head outdoors with Swiftcurrent Pass Hike, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Swiftcurrent Mountain.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Glacier National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Whitefish to Glacier National Park in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 40°F in November, and nighttime lows around 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

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Great Falls

Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Great Falls: Fort Benton (Fort Benton Museums & Heritage Complex, White Cliffs, &more) and Shelby (Roadrunner Trail & Carousel Rest Area of Shelby). The adventure continues: stroll through River's Edge Trail, learn about all things military at Malmstrom Museum and Air Park, play a few rounds at Valley View Garden Golf, and listen to music at Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Great Falls trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Great Falls takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. In December, daytime highs in Great Falls are 32°F, while nighttime lows are 14°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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Helena

Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Go for a jaunt from Helena to Lincoln to see Blackfoot Pathways:Sculpture in the Wild about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Blackfoot River Brewing Co, catch some excitement at Great Northern Carousel, get a taste of life in the country at Last Chance Ranch, and get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Helena online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Helena takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°F in December, and nighttime lows around 13°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Missoula.

Things to do in Helena

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

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Missoula

Missoula is a city in the U.S. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Missoula: Flathead Lake (in Polson), Stevensville (St. Mary's Peak, Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge, &more) and National Bison Range (in Moiese). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at A Carousel for Missoula, test your team's savvy at Big Sky Breakout, sample the fine beverages at Montgomery Distillery, and enjoy some diversion at Dragon Hollow Play Area.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Missoula trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Helena to Missoula takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Missoula can reach 30°F, while at night they dip to 17°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Butte.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Fun & Games · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Butte

Butte is a city in, and the county seat of Silver Bow County, Montana, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Butte: Philipsburg (Winninghoff Park & Philipsburg Brewing Company) and Deer Lodge (Powell County Museum & Arts Foundation & Old Montana Prison Complex). Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Headframe Spirits, contemplate the long history of Copper King Mansion, stroll through Berkeley Pit, and admire the natural beauty at Old Lexington Stamp Mill and Gardens.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Butte itinerary planner.

You can drive from Missoula to Butte in 2 hours. Traveling from Missoula in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Butte, with lows of 7°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Butte

Parks · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Hebgen Lake, look for gifts at Send it Home, then get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, and finally identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Madison River Outfitters and then contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone River.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the West Yellowstone vacation builder site.

Traveling by car from Butte to West Yellowstone takes 3 hours. Traveling from Butte in December, things will get little chillier in West Yellowstone: highs are around 21°F and lows about -1°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

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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. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sky (Lone Peak, Big Sky Resort, &more) and Livingston (Yellowstone Guidelines & Fishing Charters & Tours). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of American Computer & Robotics Museum, test your team's savvy at Escape Room Montana, browse for treasures at The Last Wind-Up, and make a trip to Emerson Cultural Center.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Bozeman road trip planning app.

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Bozeman in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from West Yellowstone in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Bozeman: highs are around 30°F and lows about 8°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to Billings.

Things to do in Bozeman

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

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. When in Billings, make a side trip to see Little Bighorn Battlefield in Crow Agency, approximately Crow Agency away. There's much more to do: test your team's savvy at The Grand Escape Room, take in the dramatic natural features at The Rimrocks, sample the tasty concoctions at Angry Hank's Microbrewery, and learn about winemaking at Yellowstone Cellars & Winery.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Billings sightseeing planning site.

You can drive from Bozeman to Billings in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Bozeman in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 17°F in Billings. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Billings

Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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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.