49 days in Montana Itinerary

49 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana trip planner
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Glacier National Park
— 10 nights
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Great Falls
— 5 nights
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Helena
— 6 nights
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Missoula
— 6 nights
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West Yellowstone
— 5 nights
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Gardiner
— 3 nights
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Bozeman
— 6 nights
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Billings
— 7 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.
Step out of Glacier National Park with an excursion to Dawson Pass and Pitamakan Pass Loop in East Glacier Park--about 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls, hike along Grinnell Glacier, tour the pleasant surroundings at Trail of the Cedars, and contemplate the waterfront views at Swiftcurrent Falls.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park trip itinerary planning app.

Boston to Glacier National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Boston to Glacier National Park. Traveling from Boston in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Glacier National Park, with lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Great Falls.
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Great Falls — 5 nights

Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Great Falls: Shelby (Marias Museum of History & Art, Montana Veteran's Memorial Flag and Park, &more) and Fort Benton (White Cliffs, Museum of the Northern Great Plains, &more). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, stroll around Gibson Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Ryan Dam - Great Falls of the Missouri, and take an in-depth tour of Ursuline Centre.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Great Falls online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Glacier National Park to Great Falls in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Helena.
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Helena — 6 nights

Helena is the capital city of the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County. Venture out of the city with trips to Deer Lodge (Montana Auto Museum, Old Montana Prison Complex, &more) and Butte (Granite Mountain Memorial Overlook, Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Helena, get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol, shop like a local with Archie Bray Foundation, and explore the striking landscape of Gates of the Mountains.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Helena day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Great Falls to Helena in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July in Helena, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Missoula.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries
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Missoula — 6 nights

Missoula is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Missoula: Polson (Polson-Flathead Historical Museum, Flathead Lake, &more), Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana (in Charlo) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Alberton). There's lots more to do: mingle with the ghosts of the past at Garnet Ghost Town, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Francis Xavier Church, look for gifts at Rockin Rudy's, and see the interesting displays at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center.

For where to stay and other tourist information, go to the Missoula day trip site.

You can drive from Helena to Missoula in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July in Missoula, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to West Yellowstone.
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West Yellowstone — 5 nights

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Venture out of the city with trips to Wade Lake (in Ennis) and Big Sky (Lone Peak, Beehive Basin Trail, &more). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, cast your line with a fishing tour, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Yellowstone, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our West Yellowstone tour planning app.

Traveling by car from Missoula to West Yellowstone takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. In July, West Yellowstone is slightly colder than Missoula - with highs of 77°F and lows of 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Gardiner.
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Gardiner — 3 nights

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
When in Gardiner, make a side trip to see Clay Butte Fire Lookout Tower in Cooke City, approximately Cooke City away. There's much more to do: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, delve into the lush surroundings at Gallatin National Forest, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and explore by horseback at Wilderness Connection.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Gardiner itinerary maker app.

Drive from West Yellowstone to Gardiner in 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Gardiner are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bozeman.
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Bozeman — 6 nights

Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bozeman: Yellowstone Guidelines (in Livingston) and Big Sky (The Soldiers Chapel, River Rafting & Tubing, &more). The adventure continues: see the sky in a new way at Museum of the Rockies, sample the fine beverages at Bozeman Spirits Distillery, appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Bozeman, and appreciate the views at Paradise Valley.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Bozeman online travel route builder.

Traveling by car from Gardiner to Bozeman takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Gardiner in July, expect Bozeman to be somewhat warmer, temps between 86°F and 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Billings.
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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: Crow Agency (Little Bighorn Battlefield & Custer Battlefield Trading Company), Custer Battlefield Museum (in Garryowen) and Big Horn County Historical Museum (in Hardin). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at DanWalt Gardens, explore the striking landscape at The Rimrocks, look for all kinds of wild species at Four Dances Recreation Area, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Angry Hank's Microbrewery.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Billings road trip site.

You can drive from Bozeman to Billings in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Bozeman in August, Billings is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 58°F. On the 12th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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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