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 Little Bighorn Battlefield (in Crow Agency), Pompeys Pillar National Monument (in Pompeys Pillar) and Big Horn County Historical Museum (in Hardin). There's lots more to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Angry Hank's Microbrewery, do a tasting at Yellowstone Cellars & Winery, 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.

Things to do in Billings

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 contemplate the waterfront views at Gallatin River.

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.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · 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: Chico Hot Springs (in Pray), Cooke City Montana Museum (in Cooke City) and Angler's West Fly Fishing (in Emigrant). 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.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Museums

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 nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, explore the activities along Yellowstone River, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Yellowstone.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the West Yellowstone trip builder website.

Drive from Gardiner to West Yellowstone in 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in West Yellowstone are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Butte.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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.

Things to do in Butte

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · 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 museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Montana Fishing Outfitters, get engrossed in the history at Montana Historical Society Museum, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Montana Blue Jewel Mine, and contemplate the waterfront views at Missouri River.

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.

Things to do in Helena

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.

Things to do in Great Falls

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Glacier National Park

— 6 nights

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.
Glacier National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier, explore the activities along Avalanche Lake, trek along Swiftcurrent Falls, and take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Glacier National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Great Falls to Glacier National Park in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. In June, daytime highs in Glacier National Park are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

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: Bigfork (Eric Thorsen Art Studio & Howe’s Fishing – A Able/Mo Fisch Charters and Tours), Flathead Lake (in Polson) and National Bison Range (in Moiese). There's much more to do: trek along Rattlesnake National Recreation Area, stroll around Jacob Island Dog Park, let little ones run wild at McCormick Park, and delve into the lush surroundings at Mount Jumbo North Peak Trail.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Missoula holiday app.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Missoula

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.