43 days in Montana Itinerary

43 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana route planner
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Billings
— 5 nights
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Bozeman
— 5 nights
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Gardiner
— 3 nights
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West Yellowstone
— 4 nights
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Butte
— 3 nights
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Helena
— 5 nights
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Great Falls
— 5 nights
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Glacier National Park
— 6 nights
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Missoula
— 6 nights
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Billings — 5 nights

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. Explore Billings' surroundings by going to Big Horn County Historical Museum (in Hardin), Pompeys Pillar National Monument (in Pompeys Pillar) and Little Bighorn Battlefield (in Crow Agency). There's lots more to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Angry Hank's Microbrewery, take in the dramatic natural features at The Rimrocks, admire the natural beauty at DanWalt Gardens, and immerse yourself in nature at Pictograph Cave State Park.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Billings online trip itinerary builder.

Columbus to Billings is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Columbus in May, things will get little chillier in Billings: highs are around 67°F and lows about 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bozeman.
Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Bozeman — 5 nights

Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Get out of town with these interesting Bozeman side-trips: Yellowstone Guidelines (in Livingston) and Big Sky (River Rafting & Tubing & Horseback Riding Tours). There's still lots to do: look and learn at Museum of the Rockies, get to know the resident critters at Montana Grizzly Encounter, appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Bozeman, and admire the sheer force of Palisade Falls.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Bozeman trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Billings to Bozeman takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Billings in May since evenings lows in Bozeman dip to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Gardiner.
Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Nature
Side Trips

Gardiner — 3 nights

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gardiner: Cooke City Montana Museum (in Cooke City), Angler's West Fly Fishing (in Emigrant) and Chico Hot Springs (in Pray). There's much more to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, cruise along Beartooth Hwy, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Gardiner road trip app.

Traveling by car from Bozeman to Gardiner takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Bozeman in May, expect Gardiner to be little chillier, temps between 57°F and 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to West Yellowstone.
Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Scenic Drive
Side Trips

West Yellowstone — 4 nights

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
West Yellowstone is known for parks, nature, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Yellowstone, contemplate the waterfront views at Earthquake Lake, and find something for the whole family at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read West Yellowstone trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Gardiner to West Yellowstone takes 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Butte.
Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Butte — 3 nights

Butte is a city in, and the county seat of Silver Bow County, Montana, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Butte side-trips: FishTales Outfitting (in Sheridan), Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park (in Three Forks) and Grant-Kohrs Ranch (in Deer Lodge). The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Granite Mountain Memorial Overlook and stroll around Winninghoff Park.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Butte road trip tool.

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Butte takes 3 hours. Traveling from West Yellowstone in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 42°F in Butte. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Helena.
Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Side Trips

Helena — 5 nights

Helena is the capital city of the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County. Helena is known for nature, historic sites, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Montana Fishing Outfitters, get engrossed in the history at Montana Historical Society Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Missouri River, and get a taste of life in the country at Last Chance Ranch.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Helena trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Butte to Helena in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Butte in June, things will get a bit warmer in Helena: highs are around 79°F and lows about 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Great Falls.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums
Side Trip

Great Falls — 5 nights

Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Explore Great Falls' surroundings by going to White Cliffs (in Fort Benton) and Beneath the Streets (in Havre). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, immerse yourself in nature at Giant Springs State Park, play a few rounds at Valley View Garden Golf, and admire the masterpieces at C.M. Russell Museum.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Great Falls trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Helena to Great Falls by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Great Falls can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Glacier National Park.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Glacier National Park — 6 nights

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.
Glacier National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier, contemplate the waterfront views at Avalanche Lake, trek along Swiftcurrent Falls, and appreciate the views at Logan Pass.

Make your Glacier National Park itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Great Falls to Glacier National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In June, daily temperatures in Glacier National Park can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Missoula.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Missoula — 6 nights

Missoula is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Missoula: Flathead Lake (in Polson), Bigfork (Eric Thorsen Art Studio & Howe’s Fishing – A Able/Mo Fisch Charters and Tours) and Bison Range (in Moiese). There's still lots to do: hike along Rattlesnake National Recreation Area, walk around Jacob Island Dog Park, let the kids burn off some steam at McCormick Park, and gain insight at University of Montana.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Missoula online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Missoula takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in June, and nighttime lows around 48°F. On the 2nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife
Side Trips

Montana travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Nature & Parks
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.