46 days in Montana Itinerary

46 days in Montana Itinerary

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Whitefish
— 4 nights
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Glacier National Park
— 6 nights
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Libby
— 2 nights
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Missoula
— 6 nights
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Helena
— 5 nights
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Great Falls
— 5 nights
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West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
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Gardiner
— 2 nights
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Bozeman
— 5 nights
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Billings
— 7 nights
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Whitefish

— 4 nights
Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Whitefish side-trips: Glacier National Park (in West Glacier) and Bigfork (Eric Thorsen Art Studio & Howe’s Fishing – A Able/Mo Fisch Charters and Tours). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's lots more to do: tee off at Whitefish Lake Golf Club, sample some tasty brews at Big Sky Brews Cruise, contemplate the long history of Conrad Mansion, and stroll around Lone Pine State Park.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Whitefish trip itinerary planner.

Los Angeles to Whitefish is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Whitefish, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Whitefish

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier, contemplate the waterfront views at St. Mary Lake, admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls, and hike along Swiftcurrent Falls.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Glacier National Park online attractions planner.

You can drive from Whitefish to Glacier National Park in an hour. In May, daytime highs in Glacier National Park are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Libby.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Libby

— 2 nights
Libby is a city in and the county seat of Lincoln County, Montana. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): get answers to all your questions at Libby Dam Visitor Center, wander the wide-open spaces of McGinnis Meadows Cattle and Guest Ranch, and then take in the views from Kootenai Falls Suspension Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Libby Heritage Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Ross Creek Cedar Grove Scenic Area, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Kootenai National Forest.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Libby trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Glacier National Park to Libby with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Missoula.

Things to do in Libby

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Missoula

— 6 nights
Missoula is a city in the U.S. Change things up with these side-trips from Missoula: Polson (Sacajawea Park & Flathead Lake), Seeley Lake Nordic Trails (in Seeley Lake) and Philipsburg (Granite County Museum, Winninghoff Park, &more). There's still lots to do: trek along Rattlesnake National Recreation Area, get in on the family fun at A Carousel for Missoula, gain insight at University of Montana, and stroll around Jacob Island Dog Park.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Missoula tour builder app.

You can drive from Libby to Missoula in 3.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Libby to Missoula due to the time zone difference. In May, daily temperatures in Missoula can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Helena

— 5 nights
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Explore Helena's surroundings by going to Deer Lodge (Yesterday's Playthings, Old Montana Prison Complex, &more), Butte (Clark Chateau, Granite Mountain Memorial Overlook, &more) and The Ringing Rocks (in Whitehall). Next up on the itinerary: cast your line with Montana Fishing Outfitters, get engrossed in the history at Montana Historical Society Museum, ponder the world of politics at Montana State Capitol, and admire the striking features of Cathedral of St. Helena.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Helena trip planner.

Traveling by car from Missoula to Helena takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in May, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Helena

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Great Falls

— 5 nights
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Great Falls: Fort Benton (White Cliffs & Museum of the Northern Great Plains), Central Montana Historical Museum (in Lewistown) and Beneath the Streets (in Havre). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, explore the activities along Sacagawea Springs, see human ingenuity at work at Ryan Dam - Great Falls of the Missouri, and get engrossed in the history at Ursuline Centre.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Great Falls online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Helena to Great Falls takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in May, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

West Yellowstone

— 3 nights
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Step out of West Yellowstone with an excursion to Ousel Falls Trail in Big Sky--about 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, stop by Send it Home, contemplate the waterfront views at Earthquake Lake, and examine the collection at Museum of the Yellowstone.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a West Yellowstone trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Great Falls to West Yellowstone in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Great Falls in May, expect West Yellowstone to be slightly colder, temps between 57°F and 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Gardiner

— 2 nights
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): look for gifts at Angler's West Fly Fishing and then take in the natural beauty of Chico Hot Springs. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then get a dose of the wild on Yellowstone Year Round Safaris, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Gardiner trip planning app.

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Gardiner in 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Gardiner can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bozeman.

Things to do in Gardiner

Tours · Outdoors · Shopping · Nature

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. Explore Bozeman's surroundings by going to Yellowstone Guidelines (in Livingston) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Big Sky). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Rockies, take a stroll around Bozeman Public Library, examine the collection at American Computer & Robotics Museum, and contemplate the waterfront views at Gallatin River.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Bozeman road trip planning tool.

Drive from Gardiner to Bozeman in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Gardiner in June, things will get a bit warmer in Bozeman: highs are around 77°F and lows about 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Billings.

Things to do in Bozeman

Tours · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Billings

— 7 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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Billings: Big Horn County Historical Museum (in Hardin), Crow Agency (Little Bighorn Battlefield & Custer Battlefield Trading Company) and Bighorn Trout Shop (in Fort Smith). Next up on the itinerary: sample the tasty concoctions at Angry Hank's Microbrewery, meet the residents at ZooMontana, admire the masterpieces at Yellowstone Art Museum, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Billings using our trip planner.

Getting from Bozeman to Billings by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Bozeman in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Billings, with lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Billings

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.