45 days in Montana Itinerary

45 days in Montana Itinerary

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45 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Helena
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Great Falls
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Glacier National Park
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Whitefish
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Missoula
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Philipsburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
West Yellowstone
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Bozeman
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Billings
— 6 nights
Fly + Foot:  8​h 30​min
End: New York City

3
nights
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Get a sense of the local culture at Montana Historical Society Museum and Archie Bray Foundation. Visit World Museum of Mining and Castle and Carriage House for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helena: Butte (MBMG Mineral Museum & Copper King Mansion) and Blackfoot Pathways:Sculpture in the Wild (in Lincoln). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Gates of the Mountains, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Helena, look for gifts at The Parrot Confectionery, and ponder the world of politics at Montana State Capitol.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Helena trip itinerary planning site .

New York City to Helena is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Helena. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from New York City in June since evenings lows in Helena dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Helena

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Butte, Castle and Carriage House, Blackfoot Pathways:Sculpture in the Wild
Highlights from your plan
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
World Museum of Mining ©
World Museum of Mining

5
nights
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Get in touch with nature at Giant Springs State Park and Ryan Dam - Great Falls of the Missouri. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and Malmstrom Museum and Air Park. Get out of town with these interesting Great Falls side-trips: Fort Benton (Fort Benton Bridge, Fort Benton Museums & Heritage Complex, & more), Trex Agate Shop (in Bynum) and Old Trail Museum (in Choteau). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at C.M. Russell Museum, explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of Montana, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Ann Cathedral, and contemplate the long history of First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Great Falls trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Helena to Great Falls in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. June in Great Falls sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Great Falls

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Fort Benton, Old Trail Museum, Trex Agate Shop, First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
Highlights from your plan
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park ©
C.M. Russell Museum ©
C.M. Russell 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.
Relax by the water at Virginia Falls and Iceberg Lake Trail. Museum-lovers will get to explore Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and Going-to-the-Sun Road. When in Glacier National Park, make a side trip to see Home Ranch Bottoms in Polebridge, approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier, contemplate the waterfront views at St. Mary Lake, hike along Swiftcurrent Lake, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Avalanche Lake.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Glacier National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Glacier National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in June, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Whitefish.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Home Ranch Bottoms
Highlights from your plan
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

5
nights
Whitefish

Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at River Rafting & Tubing and Great Northern Brewing Company. Visiting City Beach and Hidden Lake will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Whitefish: Saint Matthew's Church (in Kalispell), Museum of the Plains Indian (in Browning) and Libby (Libby Heritage Museum & Kootenai Falls & Swinging Bridge). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Conrad Mansion, get engrossed in the history at Depot Park, make a trip to Whitefish Depot, and view the masterpieces at Eric Thorsen Art Studio.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Whitefish day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Whitefish takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In July in Whitefish, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Whitefish

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

West Glacier, Libby, Columbia Falls, Kalispell, Bigfork
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Conrad Mansion ©
Conrad Mansion
Kootenai Falls Suspension Bridge ©

5
nights
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. Get in touch with nature at Larchmont Golf Course and National Bison Range. Get some historical perspective at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center and Missoula Insectarium. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Missoula: River Rafting & Tubing (in Alberton), Garden of One Thousand Buddhas (in Arlee) and St. Ignatius Mission (in Saint Ignatius). There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Fort Missoula Museum, hunt for treasures at Downtown ToNite, let the kids burn off some steam at McCormick Park, and sample the tasty concoctions at Big Sky Brewing.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Missoula trip planner .

Getting from Whitefish to Missoula by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in July, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Philipsburg.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

St. Ignatius Mission, Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana, Garden of One Thousand Buddhas, Placid Lake State Park, National Bison Range
Highlights from your plan
National Bison Range ©
National Bison Range
St. Ignatius Mission ©
St. Ignatius Mission
Garden of One Thousand Buddhas ©
Garden of One Thousand Buddhas

2
nights
Philipsburg

Philipsburg ©
Philipsburg is a town in and the county seat of Granite County, Montana, United States. On the 13th (Sat), examine the collection at Yesterday's Playthings, steep yourself in history at Grant-Kohrs Ranch, see the interesting displays at Powell County Museum & Arts Foundation, then see the interesting displays at Old Montana Prison Complex, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Elk Ridge Brewing Company. Keep things going the next day: see a world frozen in time at Granite Ghost Town State Park, admire the masterpieces at Ohrmann Museum & Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Granite County Museum, then look for gifts at The Sweet Palace, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Philipsburg Brewing Company.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Philipsburg trip app .

Getting from Missoula to Philipsburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Missoula in July; daily highs in Philipsburg reach 82°F and lows reach 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Philipsburg

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Deer Lodge, Ohrmann Museum & Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Ohrmann Museum & Gallery ©
Ohrmann Museum & Gallery
Old Montana Prison Complex ©
Old Montana Prison Complex
Grant-Kohrs Ranch ©
Grant-Kohrs Ranch

4
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and Earthquake Lake. Get outdoors at Fishing Charters & Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours. When in West Yellowstone, make a side trip to see Cooke City General Store in Cooke City, approximately 1h 55 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone River, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, get your game on at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos, and explore and take pictures at Beartooth Highway.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read West Yellowstone trip planner .

Traveling by car from Philipsburg to West Yellowstone takes 4 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Philipsburg in July: high temperatures in West Yellowstone hover around 77°F and lows are around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Cooke City General Store, Beartooth Hwy
Highlights from your plan
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Fishing Charters & Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Gardiner

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): look for gifts at Parks' Fly Shop, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Gardiner day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Gardiner takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in July, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bozeman.

Things to do in Gardiner

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

5
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. Museum-lovers will appreciate American Computer Museum and Museum of the Rockies. Step out of the city life by going to Ousel Falls Trail and Glen Lake Rotary Park - Bozeman Beach (formerly East Gallatin Recreation Area). Explore Bozeman's surroundings by going to Missouri Headwaters State Park (in Three Forks) and Big Sky (The Soldiers Chapel & Fishing Charters & Tours). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Gallatin History Museum, get into the urban bustle at Bozeman Public Library, examine the collection at Livingston Depot Center, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bozeman Spirits Distillery.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Bozeman tour planner .

Drive from Gardiner to Bozeman in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Gardiner in July; daily highs in Bozeman reach 86°F and lows reach 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Billings.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trips

Big Sky, Missouri Headwaters State Park, Livingston Depot Center
Highlights from your plan
Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies
American Computer & Robotics Museum ©
Fishing Charters & Tours

6
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. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Little Bighorn Battlefield and Wise Wonders Children's Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Moss Mansion and Big Horn County Historical Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Billings: Custer Battlefield Trading Post & Cafe (in Crow Agency), Custer Battlefield Museum (in Garryowen) and Red Lodge (Carbon County Art Guild & Depot Gallery & Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Yellowstone Cellars & Winery, sample the tasty concoctions at Thirsty Street Brewing Company, look for gifts at Scheels, and immerse yourself in nature at Pictograph Cave State Park.

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Drive from Bozeman to Billings in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Bozeman in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Billings, with lows around 60°F. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Billings

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Red Lodge, Crow Agency, Custer Battlefield Museum, Big Horn County Historical Museum, Pompeys Pillar National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Little Bighorn Battlefield ©
Little Bighorn Battlefield
Big Horn County Historical Museum ©
Big Horn County Historical Museum

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