4 days in Montana Itinerary

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Billings
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Philipsburg
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Helena
— 1 night
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Great Falls
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Billings

On the 3rd (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Pictograph Cave State Park.

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Newark to Billings is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Newark in October, things will get a bit cooler in Billings: highs are around 61°F and lows about 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Philipsburg.
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Philipsburg — 1 day

Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): look for gifts at Sapphire Gallery, stop by Philipsburg Treasures and Gift, sample the tasty concoctions at Philipsburg Brewing Company, then stop by The Sweet Palace, then go deep underground at Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine, and finally stop by Montana Gems of Philipsburg.

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Traveling by car from Billings to Philipsburg takes 4.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Billings in October, with highs in Philipsburg at 56°F and lows at 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Helena.
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Helena — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gates of the Mountains, get engrossed in the history at Montana Historical Society Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Helena, and finally ponder the world of politics at Montana State Capitol.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Helena planner.

Drive from Philipsburg to Helena in 2 hours. Traveling from Philipsburg in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Helena, with lows of 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Great Falls.
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Great Falls — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at C.M. Russell Museum.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Great Falls trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Helena to Great Falls takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in October, and nighttime lows around 35°F. On the 6th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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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.
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