46 days in Montana Itinerary

46 days in Montana Itinerary

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46 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  3​h 15​min
1
Whitefish
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Glacier National Park
— 8 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Missoula
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Philipsburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Helena
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Great Falls
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
7
Hardin
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Cooke City
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
9
Dillon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
West Yellowstone
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
11
Bozeman
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Seattle

5
nights
Whitefish

Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Meadow Lake Golf Resort. For shopping fun, head to Eric Thorsen Art Studio or Sunti World Art Gallery. Explore Whitefish's surroundings by going to Bigfork (Eva Gates Homemade Preserves, Eagle Bend Golf Club, & more), Glacier View Golf Club (in West Glacier) and Miracle of America Museum (MoAM) (in Polson). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Conrad Mansion, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Great Northern Brewing Company, play a few rounds at Whitefish Lake Golf Club, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Glacier Distilling Company.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Whitefish trip site .

Seattle to Whitefish is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Seattle to Whitefish. Expect little chillier evenings in Whitefish when traveling from Seattle in May, with lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Whitefish

Outdoors Golf Museums

Side Trips

Bigfork, Kalispell, West Glacier, Meadow Lake Golf Resort, Glacier Distilling Company
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Conrad Mansion ©
Conrad Mansion
Whitefish Lake Golf Club ©
Whitefish Lake Golf Club

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 Going-to-the-Sun Road and Virginia Falls. When in Glacier National Park, make a side trip to see The Polebridge Mercantile in Polebridge, approximately 50 minutes away. Spend the 23rd (Thu) exploring nature at Red Rock Falls, Glacier National Park. And it doesn't end there: stroll around Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, trek along Highline Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier, and stroll through Grinnell Lake Trail.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Glacier National Park trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Whitefish to Glacier National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In May, daily temperatures in Glacier National Park can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

The Polebridge Mercantile
Highlights from your plan
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road

6
nights
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. Escape the urban bustle at Double Arrow Golf Course and National Bison Range. Museum-lovers will get to explore Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center and Fort Missoula Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Missoula: Ninepipes museum of Early Montana (in Charlo), St. Ignatius Mission (in Saint Ignatius) and Garden of One Thousand Buddhas (in Arlee). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Missoula Art Museum, learn more about the world around you at Montana Natural History Center, hunt for treasures at Missoula Farmer's Market, and tee off at Larchmont Golf Course.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Missoula trip planner .

You can drive from Glacier National Park to Missoula in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Missoula can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Philipsburg.

Things to do in Missoula

Outdoors Golf Museums

Side Trips

Lolo, River Rafting & Tubing, St. Ignatius Mission, National Bison Range, Ninepipes museum of Early Montana
Highlights from your plan
Double Arrow Golf Course ©
Double Arrow Golf Course
River Rafting & Tubing
St. Ignatius Mission ©
St. Ignatius Mission

2
nights
Philipsburg

Philipsburg ©
Philipsburg is a town in and the county seat of Granite County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Philipsburg Brewing Company, look for gifts at The Sweet Palace, get a taste of life in the country at Grant-Kohrs Ranch, examine the collection at Powell County Museum & Arts Foundation, then examine the collection at Yesterday's Playthings, and finally see the interesting displays at Old Montana Prison Complex. Here are some ideas for day two: shop like a local with Ohrmann Museum & Gallery, then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Granite Ghost Town State Park, then explore and take pictures at Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine, and finally get engrossed in the history at Granite County Museum.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Philipsburg trip maker site .

Getting from Missoula to Philipsburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Missoula in June; daily highs in Philipsburg reach 73°F and lows reach 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Helena.

Things to do in Philipsburg

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

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

5
nights
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Blackfoot Pathways:Sculpture in the Wild and Archie Bray Foundation. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Castle and Carriage House and Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives. Get out of town with these interesting Helena side-trips: Butte (Dumas Brothel Museum, MBMG Mineral Museum, & more). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Montana Historical Society Museum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lewis & Clark Brewing Company, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gates of the Mountains, and explore the world behind art at Holter Museum of Art.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Helena road trip planning site .

You can drive from Philipsburg to Helena in 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Philipsburg in June, with highs in Helena at 79°F and lows at 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Helena

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. C.M. Russell Museum and Fort Benton Museums & Heritage Complex will appeal to museum buffs. Visiting Valley View Garden Golf and First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Great Falls: Bynum (Two Medicine Dinosaur Center & Trex Agate Shop), Museum of the Northern Great Plains (in Fort Benton) and Old Trail Museum (in Choteau). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, admire the masterpieces at Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, get engrossed in the history at The History Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Ann Cathedral.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Great Falls trip maker .

Traveling by car from Helena to Great Falls takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In June, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Hardin.

Things to do in Great Falls

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Bynum, Fort Benton, First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, Old Trail Museum
Highlights from your plan
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park ©
C.M. Russell Museum ©
C.M. Russell Museum

1
night
Hardin

Hardin ©
Hardin is a city in and the county seat of Big Horn County, Montana, United States. On the 13th (Thu), take in the history at Little Bighorn Battlefield, take in the history at Custer Battlefield Trading Post & Cafe, and then witness the site of a historic battle at Custer Battlefield Museum. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Yellowtail Reservoir, take an in-depth tour of Big Horn County Historical Museum, and then explore the striking landscape at Pompeys Pillar National Monument.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hardin online travel planner .

Drive from Great Falls to Hardin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Great Falls in June; daily highs in Hardin reach 8°F and lows reach 8°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Cooke City.

Things to do in Hardin

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Crow Agency, Custer Battlefield Museum, Pompeys Pillar National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Little Bighorn Battlefield ©
Little Bighorn Battlefield
Custer Battlefield Museum ©
Custer Battlefield Museum
Custer Battlefield Trading Post & Cafe ©

2
nights
Cooke City

Cooke City ©
Cooke City-Silver Gate is a census-designated place (CDP) in Park County, Montana, United States. On the 15th (Sat), learn more about the world around you at Yellowstone Trading Post, then take a memorable drive along Beartooth Hwy, and then take a memorable drive along Beartooth Highway. On the next day, stop by Sylvia's Sweet Shoppe, get great views at Clay Butte Fire Lookout Tower, then trek along Clarks Fork Trail, and finally get engrossed in the history at Cooke City Montana Museum.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cooke City planning website .

Getting from Hardin to Cooke City by car takes about 5 hours. Traveling from Hardin in June, expect Cooke City to be warmer, temps between 66°F and 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Dillon.

Things to do in Cooke City

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Beartooth Highway
Highlights from your plan
Sylvia's Sweet Shoppe ©
Sylvia's Sweet Shoppe
Cooke City Montana Museum ©
Cooke City Montana Museum
Yellowstone Trading Post ©
Yellowstone Trading Post

2
nights
Dillon

Dillon ©
Dillon is a city in and the county seat of Beaverhead County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Beaverhead County Museum, then stop by The Bookstore, then get engrossed in the history at Dillon Visitor Center, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pioneer Mountain Wilderness Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: 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, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Dillon trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Cooke City to Dillon takes 5 hours. Traveling from Cooke City in June, expect Dillon to be a bit warmer, temps between 76°F and 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Dillon

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

4
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Get in touch with nature at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and Horseback Riding Tours. Visit Yellowstone Historic Center and Earthquake Lake for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from West Yellowstone to Gardiner to see River Rafting & Tubing about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, stop by Eagle's Store, and get your game on at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our West Yellowstone trip planner .

Traveling by car from Dillon to West Yellowstone takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Dillon in June, expect West Yellowstone to be little chillier, temps between 69°F and 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Gardiner
Highlights from your plan
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Horseback Riding Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours

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. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Bozeman Public Library and Lone Mountain Ranch Outdoor Shop. Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Bridger Creek Golf Course. Get out of town with these interesting Bozeman side-trips: Big Sky (The Soldiers Chapel & Ousel Falls Trail) and Yellowstone Gateway Museum (in Livingston). There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Museum of the Rockies, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, sample the fine beverages at Bozeman Spirits Distillery, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Bozeman.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Bozeman trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Bozeman takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from West Yellowstone in June; daily highs in Bozeman reach 77°F and lows reach 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Big Sky, Livingston, Madison River Brewing
Highlights from your plan
Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies
American Computer Museum ©
American Computer Museum
Fishing Charters & Tours

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