50 days in Montana Itinerary

50 days in Montana Itinerary

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Missoula
— 6 nights
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Butte
— 4 nights
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West Yellowstone
— 5 nights
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Bozeman
— 7 nights
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Billings
— 7 nights
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Helena
— 7 nights
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Great Falls
— 6 nights
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Whitefish
— 7 nights
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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. Take a break from the city and head to National Bison Range and River Rafting & Tubing. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rattlesnake National Recreation Area and Kerr Dam. Explore Missoula's surroundings by going to Garden of One Thousand Buddhas (in Arlee), Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana (in Charlo) and St. Ignatius Mission (in Saint Ignatius). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, get engrossed in the history at Fort Missoula Museum, explore the activities along Flathead Lake, and do a tasting at Ten Spoon Vineyard and Winery.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Missoula travel planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Missoula. In April, daytime highs in Missoula are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Butte.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Butte

— 4 nights
Butte is a city in, and the county seat of Silver Bow County, Montana, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to Headframe Spirits and Grant-Kohrs Ranch. Old Montana Prison Complex and Bannack State Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Butte's surroundings by going to Crystal Park (in Polaris), Philipsburg (Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine, Philipsburg Brewing Company, &more) and Deer Lodge (Powell County Museum & Arts Foundation, Elk Ridge Brewing Company, &more). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of World Museum of Mining, admire the natural beauty at Old Lexington Stamp Mill and Gardens, and see the interesting displays at MBMG Mineral Museum.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Butte vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Missoula to Butte takes 2 hours. Traveling from Missoula in April, expect Butte to be a bit cooler, temps between 52°F and 26°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Butte

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks

Side Trips

West Yellowstone

— 5 nights
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Explore hidden gems such as Earthquake Lake and Ousel Falls Trail. Get outdoors at Fishing Charters & Tours and Grizzly Outfitters Ski & Backcountry Sports. Explore West Yellowstone's surroundings by going to Lone Peak (in Big Sky) and Wilderness Connection (in Gardiner). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Yellowstone River, find something for the whole family at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gallatin National Forest, and look for gifts at Send it Home.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read West Yellowstone trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Butte to West Yellowstone takes 3 hours. When traveling from Butte in April, plan for slightly colder days in West Yellowstone, with highs around 44°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Bozeman

— 7 nights
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at American Computer & Robotics Museum and Museum of the Rockies. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fishing Charters & Tours and Yellowstone Guidelines. Explore Bozeman's surroundings by going to Missouri Headwaters State Park (in Three Forks), Ennis (Willies Distillery & Spirit of the North Sled Dog Adventures) and Norris Hot Springs (in Norris). On the 23rd (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Bridger Bowl. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Bozeman, take in the dramatic scenery at Palisade Falls, sample the fine beverages at Bozeman Spirits Distillery, and get engrossed in the history at Gallatin History Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Bozeman online trip planner.

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Bozeman takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from West Yellowstone in April; daily highs in Bozeman reach 56°F and lows reach 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Billings.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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. Get a sense of the local culture at Custer Battlefield Trading Company and Moss Mansion. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Red Lodge Mountain and The Rimrocks. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Billings: Red Lodge (Wild Bill Lake & Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary), Little Bighorn Battlefield (in Crow Agency) and Custer Battlefield Museum (in Garryowen). And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Yellowstone Cellars & Winery, admire the masterpieces at Yellowstone Art Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Pompeys Pillar National Monument, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Carter's Brewery and Tap Room.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Billings trip builder tool.

Drive from Bozeman to Billings in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Bozeman in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 34°F in Billings. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Billings

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Helena

— 7 nights
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County. Great Northern Carousel and Last Chance Gulch are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Mount Helena and Montana Fishing Outfitters. Step out of Helena to go to Lincoln and see Blackfoot Pathways:Sculpture in the Wild, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Montana Historical Society Museum, admire the striking features of Cathedral of St. Helena, fly down the slopes at Great Divide Montana Ski Area, and sample the tasty concoctions at Blackfoot River Brewing Co.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Helena trip maker tool.

Drive from Billings to Helena in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In May in Helena, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Great Falls.

Things to do in Helena

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Great Falls

— 6 nights
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Get a sense of the local culture at C.M. Russell Museum and Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. Escape the urban bustle at River's Edge Trail and Teton Pass Ski Area. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Great Falls: Fort Benton (Fort Benton Museums & Heritage Complex & Fort Benton Bridge) and Havre (Beneath the Streets & Triple Dog Brewing). There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Giant Springs State Park, play a few rounds at Valley View Garden Golf, get engrossed in the history at Ursuline Centre, and walk around Gibson Park.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, read our Great Falls travel app.

You can drive from Helena to Great Falls in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in May, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Whitefish.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Whitefish

— 7 nights
Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Take a break from the city and head to Whitefish Lake Golf Club and Glacier National Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Spas and City Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Whitefish: Kootenai Falls Suspension Bridge (in Libby), River Rafting & Tubing (in West Glacier) and Blacktail Mountain Ski Area (in Lakeside). Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Glacier Distilling Company, stroll through Swiftcurrent Falls, explore the world behind art at Hockaday Museum of Art, and grab your bike and head to Swan River Nature Trail.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Whitefish online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Whitefish takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Whitefish, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 38°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Whitefish

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

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.