43 days in Montana Itinerary

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Glacier National Park
— 10 nights
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Missoula
— 7 nights
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Helena
— 5 nights
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Big Sky
— 4 nights
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Gardiner
— 4 nights
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Billings
— 6 nights
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Great Falls
— 6 nights
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Glacier National Park — 10 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.
Get in touch with nature at Going-to-the-Sun Road and Grinnell Glacier. Go for a jaunt from Glacier National Park to East Glacier Park to see Aster Falls about 54 minutes away. On the 18th (Mon), hike the day away at Highline Trail. There's lots more to do: hike along Iceberg Lake Trail, explore the activities along Avalanche Lake, admire the sheer force of St.Mary Falls, and admire the verdant scenery at Logan Pass.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park trip itinerary maker tool.

London, UK to Glacier National Park is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from London to Glacier National Park, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 5°C in Glacier National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Missoula.
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Missoula — 7 nights

Missoula is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. Visiting Mount Jumbo North Peak Trail and Blue Mountain Trailhead (hike & bike) will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Missoula: Seeley Lake (Morrell Falls National Recreation Trail & Seeley Lake Nordic Trails), Bison Range (in Moiese) and Bigfork (Eric Thorsen Art Studio & Jewel Basin Hiking Area). And it doesn't end there: hike along Rattlesnake National Recreation Area, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pattee Canyon, stroll around Caras Park, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Missoula road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Missoula takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. In September in Missoula, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Helena.
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Helena — 5 nights

Helena is the capital city of the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County. Escape the urban bustle at Gates of the Mountains and Hauser Lake. Explore Helena's surroundings by going to Bozeman (Middle Cottonwood Trailhead & Fishing Charters & Tours), Butte (World Museum of Mining, Our Lady of the Rockies, &more) and Old Works (in Anaconda). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Helena, see the interesting displays at Montana Auto Museum, view the masterpieces at Archie Bray Foundation, and admire the striking features of Original Governor's Mansion.

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Traveling by car from Missoula to Helena takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Helena can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sky.
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Big Sky — 4 nights

Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. Get in touch with nature at Horseback Riding Tours and Lone Peak. Venture out of the city with trips to Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park (in Three Forks) and FishTales Outfitting (in Sheridan). And it doesn't end there: hike along Ousel Falls Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Beehive Basin Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Paradise Valley, and take an exotic tour of Yellowstone Adventure Tours.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Big Sky day trip planning app.

You can drive from Helena to Big Sky in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Helena in October, expect Big Sky to be slightly colder, temps between 11°C and -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Gardiner.
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Gardiner — 4 nights

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Get outdoors at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and Yellowstone Guidelines. Explore Gardiner's surroundings by going to Clarks Fork Trail (in Cooke City), Pine Creek Trail (in Livingston) and West Yellowstone (Fishing Charters & Tours & Yellowstone Big Gun Fun). And it doesn't end there: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, ride a horse along Wilderness Connection, contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone River, and cruise along Beartooth Hwy.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Gardiner journey planning site.

Traveling by car from Big Sky to Gardiner takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in October, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Billings.
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Billings — 6 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. Visiting Globe Trekkers Tours and Phipps Park will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Billings: Red Lodge (Babcock & Miles, Lake Fork Trail, &more), Stillwater Anglers (in Columbus) and Pompeys Pillar National Monument (in Pompeys Pillar). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Four Dances Recreation Area, take in the history at Custer Battlefield Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pictograph Cave State Park, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Billings day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Gardiner to Billings takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Gardiner in October; daily highs in Billings reach 19°C and lows reach 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Great Falls.
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Great Falls — 6 nights

Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Take a break from the city and head to Giant Springs State Park and River's Edge Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Great Falls side-trips: Shelby (Roadrunner Trail & Montana Veteran's Memorial Flag and Park) and White Cliffs (in Fort Benton). There's much more to do: see a show at Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, take an in-depth tour of Ursuline Centre, look for all kinds of wild species at Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge, and contemplate the long history of First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Great Falls tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Billings to Great Falls by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to 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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