44 days in Montana Itinerary

44 days in Montana Itinerary

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44 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Missoula
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Helena
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Dillon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Bozeman
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Red Lodge
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Billings
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Hardin
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
9
Miles City
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
10
Great Falls
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
11
Whitefish
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
12
Glacier National Park
— 8 nights
Taxi + Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

3
nights
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. Get some historical perspective at St. Ignatius Mission and St. Francis Xavier Church. Escape the urban bustle at Double Arrow Golf Course and National Bison Range. Get out of town with these interesting Missoula side-trips: Ninepipes museum of Early Montana (in Charlo), Garden of One Thousand Buddhas (in Arlee) and Ohrmann Museum & Gallery (in Drummond). Next up on the itinerary: sample the tasty concoctions at Big Sky Brewing, play a few rounds at Larchmont Golf Course, and explore the world behind art at Missoula Art Museum.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, refer to the Missoula road trip website .

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Missoula is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time (AST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from San Juan in March; daily highs in Missoula reach 11°C and lows reach -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Helena.

Things to do in Missoula

Outdoors Golf Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Ohrmann Museum & Gallery, Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana, St. Ignatius Mission, Blacksmith Brewing Company, Garden of One Thousand Buddhas
Highlights from your plan
Double Arrow Golf Course ©
Double Arrow Golf Course
National Bison Range ©
National Bison Range
St. Ignatius Mission ©
St. Ignatius Mission

4
nights
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Museum-lovers will get to explore Blackfoot Pathways:Sculpture in the Wild and Powell County Museum & Arts Foundation. Get some cultural insight at MBMG Mineral Museum and Montana Historical Society Museum. Explore Helena's surroundings by going to Grant-Kohrs Ranch (in Deer Lodge) and Butte (Headframe Spirits & Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives). There's still lots to do: shop like a local with Archie Bray Foundation, sample the tasty concoctions at Blackfoot River Brewing Co, admire the masterpieces at Holter Museum of Art, and ponder the world of politics at Montana State Capitol.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Helena trip maker tool .

Getting from Missoula to Helena by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle. In March, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Dillon.

Things to do in Helena

Museums Breweries & Distilleries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Butte, Deer Lodge, Blackfoot Pathways:Sculpture in the Wild
Highlights from your plan
Grant-Kohrs Ranch ©
Grant-Kohrs Ranch
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena

2
nights
Dillon

Dillon ©
Dillon is a city in and the county seat of Beaverhead County, Montana, United States. On the 27th (Wed), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pioneer Mountain Wilderness Area, get engrossed in the history at Dillon Visitor Center, then look for gifts at The Bookstore, and finally see the interesting displays at Beaverhead County Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: immerse yourself in nature at Clark's Lookout State Park and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Bannack State Park.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Dillon road trip planning app .

You can drive from Helena to Dillon in 2.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Dillon can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Dillon

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Bannack State Park ©
Bannack State Park
Beaverhead County Museum ©
Beaverhead County Museum
Clark's Lookout State Park ©
Clark's Lookout State Park

2
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): get interesting insight from Tours, then identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and then have some family-friendly fun at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Eagle's Store, then find something for the whole family at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, and then explore the activities along Earthquake Lake.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our West Yellowstone trip maker app .

You can drive from Dillon to West Yellowstone in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Dillon in March, things will get a bit cooler in West Yellowstone: highs are around 3°C and lows about -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Earthquake Lake ©
Earthquake Lake

4
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. Visit Yellowstone Gateway Museum and Downtown Bozeman for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Museum of the Rockies and Livingston Depot Center. Step out of Bozeman to go to Big Sky and see Big Sky Resort, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of American Computer Museum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Madison River Brewing, kick back and relax at East Gallatin Recreation Area Park - Bozeman Beach, and don't miss a visit to Emerson Cultural Center.

Discover how to plan a Bozeman trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Bozeman in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from West Yellowstone in March: high temperatures in Bozeman hover around 11°C and lows are around -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Red Lodge.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Livingston, Madison River Brewing, Big Sky Resort
Highlights from your plan
Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies
American Computer & Robotics Museum ©
Downtown Bozeman ©
Downtown Bozeman

4
nights
Red Lodge

Red Lodge ©
Red Lodge is a city in and the county seat of Carbon County, Montana, United States. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Carbon County Historical Society and Museum and Cooke City Montana Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Beartooth Hwy and Silver Run Trails. Take a break from Red Lodge with a short trip to Fishtail General Store in Fishtail, about 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: view the masterpieces at Carbon County Art Guild & Depot Gallery, contemplate the waterfront views at Wild Bill Lake, stop by Babcock & Miles, and cruise along Beartooth Highway.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Red Lodge fast, fun, and easy.

Traveling by car from Bozeman to Red Lodge takes 2.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Red Lodge are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Billings.

Things to do in Red Lodge

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Cooke City Montana Museum, Beartooth Hwy, Fishtail General Store
Highlights from your plan
Red Lodge Mountain ©
Red Lodge Mountain
Cooke City Montana Museum ©
Cooke City Montana Museum

4
nights
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. Appreciate the collections at Huntley Project Museum of Irrigated Agriculture and Toucan Gallery. Get some cultural insight at Little Bighorn Battlefield and Yellowstone Art Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Billings: Pompeys Pillar National Monument (in Pompeys Pillar) and Custer Battlefield Museum (in Garryowen). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Yellowstone Cellars & Winery, see the interesting displays at Moss Mansion, sample the tasty concoctions at Canyon Creek Brewing, and get engrossed in the history at Western Heritage Center.

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Traveling by car from Red Lodge to Billings takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in April, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hardin.

Things to do in Billings

Museums Breweries & Distilleries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Custer Battlefield Museum, Huntley Project Museum of Irrigated Agriculture, Pompeys Pillar National Monument, Little Bighorn Battlefield
Highlights from your plan
Custer Battlefield Museum ©
Custer Battlefield Museum
Little Bighorn Battlefield ©
Little Bighorn Battlefield

1
night
Hardin

Hardin ©
Hardin is a city in and the county seat of Big Horn County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): explore the activities along Yellowtail Reservoir and then take an in-depth tour of Big Horn County Historical Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Hardin tour planner .

Traveling by car from Billings to Hardin takes an hour. Traveling from Billings in April, expect Hardin to be much colder, temps between -15°C and -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Miles City.

Things to do in Hardin

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Big Horn County Historical Museum ©
Big Horn County Historical Museum

1
night
Miles City

Miles City ©
Miles City is a city in and the county seat of Custer County, Montana, United States. On the 13th (Sat), examine the collection at Range Riders Museum, then explore the world behind art at WaterWorks Art Museum, and then learn about winemaking at Tongue River Winery.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Miles City driving holiday app .

You can drive from Hardin to Miles City in 2 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Hardin in April, with highs in Miles City at 16°C and lows at 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Great Falls.

Things to do in Miles City

Museums Wineries
Highlights from your plan
WaterWorks Art Museum ©
WaterWorks Art Museum
Range Riders Museum ©
Range Riders Museum
Tongue River Winery ©
Tongue River Winery

3
nights
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and St. Ann Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Fort Benton Museums & Heritage Complex and C.M. Russell Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Great Falls side-trips: Choteau (Old Trail Museum & Teton Pass Ski Area) and Museum of the Northern Great Plains (in Fort Benton). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, play a few rounds at Meadow Lark Country Club, and explore the world behind art at Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Great Falls trip planner.

Traveling by car from Miles City to Great Falls takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in April, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Whitefish.

Things to do in Great Falls

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trips

Choteau, Fort Benton, First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
Highlights from your plan
Meadow Lark Country Club ©
Meadow Lark Country Club
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park ©

4
nights
Whitefish

Whitefish ©
Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. You'll explore and learn at Conrad Mansion and The Museum at Central School. Flashpoint Outdoor Laser Tag and First Presbyterian Church will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Mission Mountain Winery (in Dayton) and Bigfork (Eric Thorsen Art Studio & Whistling Andy). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitefish Lake Golf Club, hit the slopes at Whitefish Mountain Resort, sample the tasty concoctions at Bonsai Brewing Project, and sample the fine beverages at Spotted Bear Spirits.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Whitefish day trip planning website .

You can drive from Great Falls to Whitefish in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. In April, daytime highs in Whitefish are 15°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Whitefish

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Kalispell, Bigfork, Mission Mountain Winery
Highlights from your plan
Whitefish Mountain Resort ©
Whitefish Mountain Resort
Conrad Mansion ©
Conrad Mansion
Northwest Montana History Museum ©
Northwest Montana History Museum

8
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 Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and Red Rock Falls, Glacier National Park. There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, hike along Granite Park Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Jackson Glacier Overlook, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Piegan Pass.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park tour site .

Getting from Whitefish to Glacier National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in April, and nighttime lows around -1°C. On the 29th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

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

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