5 days in Montana Itinerary

5 days in Montana Itinerary

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5 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Philipsburg
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
4
Polebridge
— Few hours
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Seattle

1
night
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): discover the riches below the earth's surface at Last Chance Gulch and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Helena.

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Seattle to Helena is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Seattle in April since evenings lows in Helena dip to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Helena

Historic Sites
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Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena

2
nights
West Yellowstone

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Earthquake Lake, look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and then get to know the fascinating history of Yellowstone Historic Center.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our West Yellowstone trip planner .

Traveling by car from Helena to West Yellowstone takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and car. In April, West Yellowstone is a bit cooler than Helena - with highs of 44°F and lows of 21°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Philipsburg.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Museum of the Yellowstone ©
Museum of the Yellowstone

1
night
Philipsburg

Philipsburg ©
Philipsburg is a town in and the county seat of Granite County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): look for gifts at The Sweet Palace and then stop by Montana Gems of Philipsburg.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Philipsburg road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Philipsburg takes 4 hours. Traveling from West Yellowstone in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Philipsburg: highs are around 54°F and lows about 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Polebridge.

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Montana Gems of Philipsburg ©
Montana Gems of Philipsburg
The Sweet Palace ©
The Sweet Palace

few
hours
Polebridge

Polebridge ©
Polebridge is an unincorporated community in Flathead County, Montana, United States, 35mi northwest of Columbia Falls in the northwestern part of the state. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): stop by Home Ranch Bottoms and then look for gifts at The Polebridge Mercantile.

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Getting from Philipsburg to Polebridge by car takes about 5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Polebridge are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

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Home Ranch Bottoms ©
Home Ranch Bottoms

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