41 days in Montana Itinerary

41 days in Montana Itinerary

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41 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Wilmington
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Bozeman
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
West Yellowstone
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Great Falls
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Helena
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Missoula
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Polson
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Glacier National Park
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Whitefish
— 6 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Wilmington

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. Get some historical perspective at Downtown Bozeman and Missouri Headwaters State Park. Visiting Fishing Charters & Tours and Horseback Riding Tours will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sky (River Rafting & Tubing, Ousel Falls Trail, & more) and Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park (in Three Forks). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at American Computer Museum, explore the landscape on two wheels at Middle Cottonwood Trailhead, stroll through Montana Grizzly Encounter, and look for gifts at The Last Wind-Up.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Bozeman trip planning website .

Wilmington to Bozeman is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Wilmington to Bozeman due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Wilmington in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be cooler in Bozeman, with lows of 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Big Sky, Three Forks
Highlights from your plan
Missouri Headwaters State Park ©
Missouri Headwaters State Park
American Computer & Robotics Museum ©
Downtown Bozeman ©
Downtown Bozeman

5
nights
West Yellowstone

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Yellowstone Historic Center and Beartooth Hwy. Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Yellowstone Big Gun Fun. Change things up with these side-trips from West Yellowstone: Cooke City (Cooke City Montana Museum & Cooke City General Store). There's lots more to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, explore the activities along Earthquake Lake, trot along with a tour on horseback, and have some family-friendly fun at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the West Yellowstone trip maker site .

Drive from Bozeman to West Yellowstone in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Bozeman in August, with highs in West Yellowstone at 75°F and lows at 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Cooke City
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Earthquake Lake ©
Earthquake Lake

3
nights
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Do some cultural sightseeing at C.M. Russell Museum and Ursuline Centre. Popular historic sites such as Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Giant Springs State Park, tee off at Meadow Lark Country Club, hike along River's Edge Trail, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Ann Cathedral.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Great Falls trip planner .

Getting from West Yellowstone to Great Falls by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from West Yellowstone in August: high temperatures in Great Falls hover around 84°F and lows are around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Helena.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

4
nights
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Get in touch with nature at Gates of the Mountains and Mount Helena. Step off the beaten path and head to Old Montana Prison Complex and Cathedral of St. Helena. Get out of town with these interesting Helena side-trips: Butte (Copper King Mansion & World Museum of Mining), Deer Lodge (Powell County Museum & Arts Foundation & Grant-Kohrs Ranch) and Blackfoot Pathways:Sculpture in the Wild (in Lincoln). There's more to do: take an in-depth tour of Montana Historical Society Museum and ponder the world of politics at Montana State Capitol.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Helena trip planning site .

Getting from Great Falls to Helena by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. In August, daily temperatures in Helena can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Helena

Museums Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Deer Lodge, Butte, Blackfoot Pathways:Sculpture in the Wild
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
World Museum of Mining ©
World Museum of Mining

6
nights
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. Step off the beaten path and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Ohrmann Museum & Gallery. Get some cultural insight at Garnet Ghost Town and Fort Missoula Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Missoula: St. Ignatius Mission (in Saint Ignatius), Philipsburg (Philipsburg Brewing Company & The Sweet Palace) and Garden of One Thousand Buddhas (in Arlee). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Blue Mountain Trailhead (hike & bike), take a memorable tour with Tours, and hunt for treasures at Missoula Farmer's Market.

For ratings and tourist information, refer to the Missoula online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Helena to Missoula in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. August in Missoula sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Polson.

Things to do in Missoula

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Philipsburg, Ohrmann Museum & Gallery, Garden of One Thousand Buddhas, St. Ignatius Mission
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation ©
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Garnet Ghost Town ©
Garnet Ghost Town

3
nights
Polson

Polson ©
Polson is a city in Lake County, Montana, United States, on the southern shore of Flathead Lake. Get a sense of the local culture at Miracle of America Museum (MoAM) and Mission Mountain Winery. Let the collections at Ninepipes museum of Early Montana and The People's Center Museum capture your imagination. Take a break from Polson with a short trip to National Bison Range in Moiese, about 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Flathead Lake, stop by Flathead Lake Cheese, and tee off at Polson Country Club.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Polson tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Missoula to Polson in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in August, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Polson

Museums Parks Golf

Side Trips

Mission Mountain Winery, The People's Center Museum, Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana, National Bison Range
Highlights from your plan
Miracle of America Museum ©
Miracle of America Museum
National Bison Range ©
National Bison Range
The People's Center Museum ©
The People's Center Museum

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.
Get outdoors at Running Eagle Falls and Virginia Falls. Explore hidden gems such as St.Mary Falls and Trail of the Cedars. Spend the 30th (Fri) exploring nature at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along St. Mary Lake, hike along Highline Trail, stroll through Iceberg Lake Trail, and appreciate the views at Logan Pass.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Glacier National Park trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Polson to Glacier National Park in 4 hours. In August, daytime highs in Glacier National Park are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Whitefish.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Virginia Falls ©
Virginia Falls
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

6
nights
Whitefish

Whitefish ©
Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Conrad Mansion and Sunti World Art Gallery. Museum-lovers will appreciate Eric Thorsen Art Studio and Depot Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Whitefish: West Glacier (River Rafting & Tubing, Glacier National Park, & more) and Bigfork (Jewel Basin Hiking Area & Swan River Nature Trail). The adventure continues: tee off at Whitefish Lake Golf Club, tour the pleasant surroundings at City Beach, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Glacier Distilling Company.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Whitefish trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from Glacier National Park to Whitefish in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Whitefish

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

West Glacier, Bigfork, Conrad Mansion, Depot Park, Glacier Distilling Company
Highlights from your plan
Conrad Mansion ©
Conrad Mansion
Whitefish Lake Golf Club ©
Whitefish Lake Golf Club
River Rafting & Tubing

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