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 Rattlesnake National Recreation Area and River Rafting & Tubing. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at National Bison Range and University of Montana. 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: do a tasting at Ten Spoon Vineyard and Winery, get engrossed in the history at Fort Missoula Museum, explore the activities along Flathead Lake, and see human ingenuity at work at Kerr Dam.

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 Old Montana Prison Complex and Bannack State Park. Grant-Kohrs Ranch and MBMG Mineral Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Butte's surroundings by going to Philipsburg (Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine, Philipsburg Brewing Company, &more), Crystal Park (in Polaris) and Deer Lodge (Montana Auto Museum, Elk Ridge Brewing Company, &more). There's much more to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Headframe Spirits, admire the natural beauty at Old Lexington Stamp Mill and Gardens, and take an in-depth tour of World Museum of Mining.

For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Butte trip builder website.

You can drive from Missoula to Butte in 2 hours. Traveling from Missoula in April, things will get little chillier in Butte: highs are around 52°F and lows about 26°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Butte

Museums · Historic Sites · 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 Fishing Charters & Tours. Get outdoors at Ousel Falls Trail and Grizzly Outfitters Ski & Backcountry Sports. Explore West Yellowstone's surroundings by going to Wilderness Connection (in Gardiner) and Lone Peak (in Big Sky). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Yellowstone River, stroll through Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, 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 Bridger Bowl. Explore Bozeman's surroundings by going to Norris Hot Springs (in Norris), Yellowstone Guidelines (in Livingston) and Missouri Headwaters State Park (in Three Forks). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Bozeman, hit the slopes at Big Sky Resort, hike along Spirit of the North Sled Dog Adventures, and sample the fine beverages at Bozeman Spirits Distillery.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Bozeman tour planning website.

Getting from West Yellowstone to Bozeman by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from West Yellowstone in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Bozeman: highs are around 56°F and lows about 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to 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 Pictograph Cave State Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Red Lodge Mountain and Moss Mansion. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Billings: Custer Battlefield Museum (in Garryowen), Red Lodge (Wild Bill Lake & Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary) and Little Bighorn Battlefield (in Crow Agency). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at The Rimrocks, pause for some photo ops at Pompeys Pillar National Monument, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Carter's Brewery and Tap Room, and explore the world behind art at Yellowstone Art Museum.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Billings sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Bozeman to Billings takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Bozeman in April, Billings is a bit warmer at night with lows of 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can 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 Great Divide Montana Ski Area. Step out of Helena to go to Lincoln and see Blackfoot Pathways:Sculpture in the Wild, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Montana Historical Society Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of St. Helena, sample the tasty concoctions at Blackfoot River Brewing Co, and see what you can catch with Montana Fishing Outfitters.

Find out how to plan Helena trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Billings to Helena takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in May, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive 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 Meadow Lark Country Club. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Great Falls: Havre (Beneath the Streets & Triple Dog Brewing), Fort Benton (Fort Benton Museums & Heritage Complex & Fort Benton Bridge) and Teton Pass Ski Area (in Choteau). There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Giant Springs State Park, stroll around Gibson Park, sample the tasty concoctions at Bowser Brewing Company, and steep yourself in history at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Great Falls, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Helena to Great Falls takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in May, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car 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 City Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Glacier National Park and Great Northern Brewing Company. 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: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, 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 · 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.