43 days in Montana Itinerary

43 days in Montana Itinerary

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

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Glacier National Park

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.
On the 23rd (Thu), hike the day away at Highline Trail. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls, get to know the fascinating history of Garden Wall, contemplate the waterfront views at Avalanche Lake, and admire the verdant scenery at Logan Pass.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park tour planner.

New York City to Glacier National Park is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in July, expect cooler with lows of 49°F in Glacier National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Whitefish.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

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

4
nights
Whitefish

Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Whitefish side-trips: West Glacier (Hidden Lake, River Rafting & Tubing, &more), Ross Creek Cedar Grove Scenic Area (in Troy) and Bigfork (Echo Lake & Swan River). The adventure continues: take in the views from Kootenai Falls Suspension Bridge, don't miss a visit to Whitefish Depot, view the masterpieces at Sunti World Art Gallery, and get engrossed in the history at Conrad Mansion.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Whitefish road trip app.

Drive from Glacier National Park to Whitefish in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Whitefish can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Polson.

Things to do in Whitefish

Parks · Nature · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Glacier National Park ©
Glacier National Park
Kootenai Falls Suspension Bridge ©
Kootenai Falls Suspension Bridge

2
nights
Polson

Polson ©
Polson is a city in Lake County, Montana, United States, on the southern shore of Flathead Lake. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at National Bison Range, look for gifts at Three Dog Down, and then explore the activities along Flathead Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): see the interesting displays at Polson-Flathead Historical Museum and then examine the collection at Miracle of America Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Polson trip planner.

Traveling by car from Whitefish to Polson takes 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Polson

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Miracle of America Museum ©
Miracle of America Museum
Flathead Lake ©
Flathead Lake
Polson-Flathead Historical Museum ©
Polson-Flathead Historical Museum

5
nights
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. Change things up with these side-trips from Missoula: Seeley Lake Nordic Trails (in Seeley Lake), Philipsburg (Winninghoff Park, Philipsburg Brewing Company, &more) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Alberton). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center, explore the landscape on two wheels at Silver Park, trek along Rattlesnake National Recreation Area, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Big Sky Brewing.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Missoula attractions tool.

Drive from Polson to Missoula in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Helena.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Rattlesnake National Recreation Area ©
Rattlesnake National Recreation Area
Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center ©
Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center
River Rafting & Tubing

4
nights
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helena: Butte (World Museum of Mining, Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives, &more). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Gates of the Mountains, get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol, take an in-depth tour of Montana Historical Society Museum, and get a taste of life in the country at Last Chance Ranch.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Helena trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Missoula to Helena in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Helena can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Helena

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena
Montana Historical Society Museum ©
Montana Historical Society Museum

4
nights
Great Falls

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). There's still lots to do: catch a live performance at Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, see the interesting displays at C.M. Russell Museum, play a few rounds at Valley View Garden Golf, and get engrossed in the history at Ursuline Centre.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Great Falls day trip site.

Getting from Helena to Great Falls by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Bozeman.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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

4
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Bozeman

Bozeman ©
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bozeman: Big Sky (The Soldiers Chapel, Lone Peak, &more). The adventure continues: see the sky in a new way at Museum of the Rockies, get to know the resident critters at Montana Grizzly Encounter, explore the activities along Gallatin River, and explore the stunning scenery at Gallatin Canyon.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Bozeman trip maker app.

Drive from Great Falls to Bozeman in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in August, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Lone Peak ©
Lone Peak
Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies
Downtown Bozeman ©
Downtown Bozeman

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West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Take a break from West Yellowstone with a short trip to Nature & Wildlife Tours in Big Sky, about 1h 5 min away. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Yellowstone, contemplate the waterfront views at Earthquake Lake, and find something for the whole family at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read West Yellowstone road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Bozeman to West Yellowstone takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Bozeman in August, expect West Yellowstone to be little chillier, temps between 75°F and 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun ©
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Yellowstone River ©
Yellowstone River

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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 24th (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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Dailey Lake and then ride a horse along Wilderness Connection.

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

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Gardiner takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Gardiner are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Cooke City.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Side Trip

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

1
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Cooke City

Cooke City ©
Cooke City-Silver Gate is a census-designated place (CDP) in Park County, Montana, United States. On the 26th (Wed), take some stellar pictures from Clay Butte Fire Lookout Tower, hike along Clarks Fork Trail, take an in-depth tour of Cooke City Montana Museum, then look for gifts at Sylvia's Sweet Shoppe, and finally learn more about the world around you at Yellowstone Trading Post.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cooke City trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Gardiner to Cooke City in 2 hours. When traveling from Gardiner in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cooke City: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Billings.

Things to do in Cooke City

Parks · Shopping · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Sylvia's Sweet Shoppe ©
Sylvia's Sweet Shoppe
Clay Butte Fire Lookout Tower ©
Clay Butte Fire Lookout Tower
Cooke City Montana Museum ©
Cooke City Montana Museum

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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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Billings: Crow Agency (Little Bighorn Battlefield & Custer Battlefield Trading Company), Red Lodge (Lake Fork Trail, Silver Run Trails, &more) and Yellowtail Reservoir (in Hardin). And it doesn't end there: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, admire the natural beauty at DanWalt Gardens, examine the collection at Moss Mansion, and explore the striking landscape at Sacrifice Cliff.

Make your Billings itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Cooke City to Billings in 3 hours. Traveling from Cooke City in August, expect Billings to be a bit warmer, temps between 85°F and 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Billings

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Pictograph Cave State Park ©
Pictograph Cave State Park
Horseback Riding Tours
Little Bighorn Battlefield ©
Little Bighorn Battlefield

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