50 days in Los Angeles, Montana & New York City Itinerary

50 days in Los Angeles, Montana & New York City Itinerary

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50 days in Los Angeles, Montana & New York City Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 11 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Missoula
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
West Glacier
— 8 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Great Falls
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
West Yellowstone
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Bozeman
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 15​min
7
New York City
— 11 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Auckland

11
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas) and Anaheim (Disneyland Park, The Disney Gallery, & more). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race, head outdoors with Self Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine Temple, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Los Angeles vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Auckland, New Zealand to Los Angeles is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Auckland to Los Angeles, you'll gain 20 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Auckland in September, you will find days in Los Angeles are much hotter (34°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Missoula.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim, Two Rodeo Drive, Norton Simon Museum, Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park

6
nights
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. Change things up with these side-trips from Missoula: Flathead Lake (in Polson), Stevensville (Kootenai Creek Trail & St. Mary's Peak) and Seeley Lake Nordic Trails (in Seeley Lake). And it doesn't end there: hike along Rattlesnake National Recreation Area, let little ones run wild at Dragon Hollow Play Area, take a memorable tour with Tours, and delve into the lush surroundings at Mount Jumbo North Peak Trail.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Missoula trip maker .

You can fly from Los Angeles to Missoula in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Missoula is 1 hour. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in October, with highs in Missoula at 17°C and lows at 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to West Glacier.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Stevensville, Lolo Trail, Seeley Lake Nordic Trails, Hauser Lake, Flathead Lake
Highlights from your plan
Rattlesnake National Recreation Area ©
Lolo Trail
Lolo Trail
River Rafting & Tubing

8
nights
West Glacier

West Glacier ©
West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around West Glacier: Glacier National Park (Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, Garden Wall, & more) and The Shops at Station 8 (in Columbia Falls). There's more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and take in the dramatic scenery at Silver Staircase Falls.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read West Glacier tour itinerary maker website .

Getting from Missoula to West Glacier by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train. In October in West Glacier, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in West Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Glacier National Park, The Shops at Station 8
Highlights from your plan
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Virginia Falls ©
Virginia Falls

3
nights
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Go for a jaunt from Great Falls to Shelby to see Roadrunner Trail about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: listen to music at Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, see the interesting displays at C.M. Russell Museum, explore the activities along Sacagawea Springs, and stroll through River's Edge Trail.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Great Falls holiday planning tool .

You can drive from West Glacier to Great Falls in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Roadrunner Trail
Highlights from your plan
Dearborn River ©
Dearborn River
C.M. Russell Museum ©
C.M. Russell Museum
River's Edge Trail ©
River's Edge Trail

4
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near West Yellowstone: Big Sky (Grizzly Outfitters Ski & Backcountry Sports, Lone Peak, & more). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, admire all the interesting features of Beartooth Hwy, explore the activities along Yellowstone River, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the West Yellowstone online vacation planner .

You can drive from Great Falls to West Yellowstone in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and shuttle; or fly. Traveling from Great Falls in October, things will get a bit cooler in West Yellowstone: highs are around 11°C and lows about -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Big Sky, Beartooth Hwy
Highlights from your plan
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Yellowstone River ©
Yellowstone River
Fishing Charters & Tours

3
nights
Bozeman

Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Venture out of the city with trips to Gem Valley Montana (in Livingston) and Gardiner (River Rafting & Tubing, Horseback Riding Tours, & more). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of American Computer & Robotics Museum and tour the pleasant surroundings at Middle Cottonwood Trailhead.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Bozeman road trip planner.

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Bozeman in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from West Yellowstone in October, you will find days in Bozeman are somewhat warmer (17°C), and nights are about the same (-1°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors Tours Trails

Side Trips

Gardiner, Gem Valley Montana
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Horseback Riding Tours
American Computer & Robotics Museum ©

11
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Step out of New York City with an excursion to Bronx Zoo in Bronx--about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, admire all the interesting features of The High Line, admire the landmark architecture of Rockefeller Center, and explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read New York City online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Bozeman to New York City takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Bozeman to New York City is 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bozeman in November: highs in New York City hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Tours

Side Trips

Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Bronx Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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