5 days in Montana Itinerary

5 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana trip planner
Make it your trip
Fly to Missoula International Airport, Drive to Polebridge
— 1 night
West Yellowstone
— 1 night
Red Lodge
— 1 night
Drive to Billings Logan International Airport, Fly to Detroit



Polebridge is an unincorporated community in Flathead County, Montana, United States, 35mi northwest of Columbia Falls in the northwestern part of the state. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): look for gifts at The Polebridge Mercantile.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Polebridge online trip builder.

Detroit to Polebridge is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in March, and nighttime lows around 25°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Bozeman.
Highlights from your trip

Bozeman — 1 night

Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): get a new perspective on nature at Museum of the Rockies, then get engrossed in the history at American Computer & Robotics Museum, then get into the urban bustle at Bozeman Public Library, and finally make a trip to Emerson Cultural Center. On your second day here, browse for treasures at The Last Wind-Up, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Bozeman, then kick back and relax at Glen Lake Rotary Park - Bozeman Beach (formerly East Gallatin Recreation Area), and finally catch a live event at Haynes Pavilion and Ressler Motors Ice Rink.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bozeman tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Polebridge to Bozeman takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. March in Bozeman sees daily highs of 49°F and lows of 24°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to West Yellowstone.
Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Beaches

West Yellowstone — 1 night

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): stop by Eagle's Store, then get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read West Yellowstone trip planning website.

You can drive from Bozeman to West Yellowstone in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Bozeman in March; daily highs in West Yellowstone reach 37°F and lows reach 17°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Red Lodge.
Theme Parks · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Red Lodge — 1 night

Red Lodge is a city in and the county seat of Carbon County, Montana, United States. On the 6th (Wed), look for gifts at Babcock & Miles and then take in the exciting artwork at Carbon County Art Guild & Depot Gallery.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Red Lodge day trip planner.

Drive from West Yellowstone to Red Lodge in 4.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from West Yellowstone in March: high temperatures in Red Lodge hover around 49°F and lows are around 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.
Shopping · Museums

Montana travel guide

River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Nature & Parks
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.