50 days in Montana Itinerary

50 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana sightseeing planner

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Make it your trip
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Whitefish
— 4 nights
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Glacier National Park
— 11 nights
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Great Falls
— 5 nights
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Helena
— 4 nights
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Missoula
— 6 nights
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Butte
— 3 nights
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West Yellowstone
— 4 nights
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Gardiner
— 2 nights
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Bozeman
— 5 nights
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Billings
— 5 nights
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Whitefish

— 4 nights
Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Whitefish: KEHOE'S AGATE SHOP, INC. (in Bigfork) and West Glacier (River Rafting & Tubing, Glacier National Park, &more). There's much more to do: fly down the slopes at Whitefish Mountain Resort, take in the exciting artwork at Sunti World Art Gallery, tee off at Whitefish Lake Golf Club, and sample the fine beverages at Glacier Distilling Company.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Whitefish trip planner.

Los Angeles to Whitefish is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for little chillier nights in Whitefish, with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Whitefish

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Glacier National Park

— 11 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.
When in Glacier National Park, make a side trip to see Aster Falls in East Glacier Park, approximately East Glacier Park away. Spend the 29th (Wed) exploring nature at Red Rock Falls, Glacier National Park. There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, trek along Highline Trail, stroll around Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, and admire the verdant scenery at Logan Pass.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Glacier National Park trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Whitefish to Glacier National Park in an hour. In July, daytime highs in Glacier National Park are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Great Falls

— 5 nights
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Explore Great Falls' surroundings by going to Fort Benton (Fort Benton Museums & Heritage Complex & White Cliffs). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, contemplate the waterfront views at Sacagawea Springs, explore the world behind art at C.M. Russell Museum, and stroll around Gibson Park.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Great Falls vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Glacier National Park to Great Falls in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. August in Great Falls sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Helena.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Helena

— 4 nights
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County. Helena is known for nature, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Gates of the Mountains, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Helena, contemplate the waterfront views at Missouri River, and go deep underground at Montana Blue Jewel Mine.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Helena trip planner.

Getting from Great Falls to Helena by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Helena

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · Nature

Missoula

— 6 nights
Missoula is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Missoula: Polson (Miracle of America Museum & Flathead Lake), River Rafting & Tubing (in Alberton) and St. Ignatius Mission (in Saint Ignatius). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, let the kids burn off some steam at Dragon Hollow Play Area, and sample the tasty concoctions at Big Sky Brewing.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Missoula trip planner.

Traveling by car from Helena to Missoula takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Missoula are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Butte.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Butte

— 3 nights
Butte is a city in, and the county seat of Silver Bow County, Montana, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Butte: Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park (in Three Forks), Deer Lodge (Old Montana Prison Complex & Grant-Kohrs Ranch) and Philipsburg (Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine, Philipsburg Brewing Company, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Granite Mountain Memorial Overlook, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Headframe Spirits, browse the exhibits of World Museum of Mining, and admire the natural beauty at Old Lexington Stamp Mill and Gardens.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Butte trip builder.

Getting from Missoula to Butte by car takes about 2 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Missoula in August: high temperatures in Butte hover around 80°F and lows are around 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Butte

Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

West Yellowstone

— 4 nights
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 (Ousel Falls Trail & Lone Peak). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, stop by Send it Home, find something for the whole family at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our West Yellowstone vacation maker website.

Drive from Butte to West Yellowstone in 3 hours. In August, West Yellowstone is a bit cooler than Butte - with highs of 75°F and lows of 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Gardiner.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Gardiner

— 2 nights
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilderness Connection. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Parks' Fly Shop, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then walk around Sacajawea Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Gardiner vacation builder.

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Gardiner in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in August, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Side Trip

Bozeman

— 5 nights
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 Sacajawea Park (in Livingston) and Big Sky (The Soldiers Chapel, Beehive Basin Trail, &more). Next up on the itinerary: learn more about the world around you at Museum of the Rockies, take an in-depth tour of Gallatin History Museum, explore the stunning scenery at Gallatin Canyon, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

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

You can drive from Gardiner to Bozeman in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Gardiner in August, expect Bozeman to be somewhat warmer, temps between 84°F and 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Billings.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Billings

— 5 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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Billings: Custer Battlefield Museum (in Garryowen), Pompeys Pillar National Monument (in Pompeys Pillar) and Big Horn County Historical Museum (in Hardin). And it doesn't end there: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, take in nature's colorful creations at DanWalt Gardens, admire the majestic nature at Pictograph Cave State Park, and examine the collection at Moss Mansion.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Billings vacation maker site.

Getting from Bozeman to Billings by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Bozeman in August since evenings lows in Billings dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Billings

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Montana travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Wildlife Areas
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.