52 days in Montana & San Juan Islands Itinerary

52 days in Montana & San Juan Islands Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Billings
— 5 nights
2
Red Lodge
— 2 nights
3
Bozeman
— 5 nights
4
West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
5
Great Falls
— 4 nights
6
Helena
— 5 nights
7
Missoula
— 5 nights
8
Polson
— 2 nights
9
Libby
— 1 night
10
Eastsound, Orcas Island
— 4 nights
11
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 5 nights
12
Whitefish
— 5 nights
13
Glacier National Park
— 5 nights

5
nights
Billings

Billings ©
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. Step off the beaten path and head to The Grand Escape Room and Outlaw Canyon Adventures, LLC. Get out of town with these interesting Billings side-trips: Crow Agency (Custer Battlefield Trading Company & Little Bighorn Battlefield), Huntley Project Museum of Irrigated Agriculture (in Huntley) and Big Horn County Historical Museum (in Hardin). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Moss Mansion, learn about winemaking at Yellowstone Cellars & Winery, enjoy some diversion at Black Butte Range, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Angry Hank's Microbrewery.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Billings trip simple and quick.

New York City to Billings is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Billings due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from New York City in March since evenings lows in Billings dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Red Lodge.

Things to do in Billings

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Crow Agency, Huntley Project Museum of Irrigated Agriculture, Big Horn County Historical Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Grand Escape Room ©
The Grand Escape Room
Outlaw Canyon Adventures, LLC ©
Outlaw Canyon Adventures, LLC
Moss Mansion ©
Moss Mansion

2
nights
Red Lodge

Red Lodge ©
Red Lodge is a city in and the county seat of Carbon County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Wild Bill Lake, thenstroll through Red Lodge Mountain, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Silver Run Trails. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Babcock & Miles, take an in-depth tour of Carbon County Historical Society and Museum, thentake in the exciting artwork at Carbon County Art Guild & Depot Gallery, and finally don't miss a visit to Fishtail General Store.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Red Lodge online tour builder.

Traveling by car from Billings to Red Lodge takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °F in March, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Bozeman.

Things to do in Red Lodge

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Fishtail General Store
Highlights from your plan
Red Lodge Mountain ©
Red Lodge Mountain
Carbon County Historical Society and Museum ©
Carbon County Art Guild & Depot Gallery ©
Carbon County Art Guild & Depot Gallery

5
nights
Bozeman

Bozeman ©
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bridger Bowl and Ousel Falls Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sky (Horseback Riding Tours, Big Sky Resort, &more). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of American Computer & Robotics Museum, test your team's savvy at Escape Room Montana, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Montana Grizzly Encounter, and take in breathtaking views at Gallatin Canyon.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Bozeman online tour planner.

Drive from Red Lodge to Bozeman in 2.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Bozeman are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Big Sky, Escape Room Montana
Highlights from your plan
Bridger Bowl ©
Bridger Bowl
Lone Peak ©
Lone Peak
American Computer & Robotics Museum ©
American Computer & Robotics Museum

3
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 discover tucked-away gems like Grizzly Outfitters Ski & Backcountry Sports and Back Country Snowmobile Adventures. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, contemplate the long history of Earthquake Lake, stop by Send it Home, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the West Yellowstone route maker.

Drive from Bozeman to West Yellowstone in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Bozeman in March, expect West Yellowstone to be slightly colder, temps between °F and °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Great Falls.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Grizzly Outfitters Ski & Backcountry Sports
Highlights from your plan
Grizzly Outfitters Ski & Backcountry Sports ©
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun ©
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun

4
nights
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to C.M. Russell Museum and Gibson Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Fort Benton (White Cliffs, Fort Benton Museums & Heritage Complex, &more) and Showdown Ski Area (in Neihart). The adventure continues: hike along River's Edge Trail, appreciate the extensive heritage of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, learn about all things military at Malmstrom Museum and Air Park, and take an in-depth tour of Ursuline Centre.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Great Falls trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Great Falls takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from West Yellowstone in March, with highs in Great Falls at °F and lows at °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Fort Benton, Showdown Ski Area
Highlights from your plan
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park
C.M. Russell Museum ©
C.M. Russell Museum
Gibson Park ©
Gibson Park

5
nights
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mount Helena and Cathedral of St. Helena. Explore Helena's surroundings by going to Deer Lodge (Old Montana Prison Complex & Grant-Kohrs Ranch) and Butte (Old Lexington Stamp Mill and Gardens, Granite Mountain Memorial Overlook, &more). The adventure continues: get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol, take an in-depth tour of Montana Historical Society Museum, admire the natural beauty at Tizer Botanical Gardens & Arboretum, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lewis & Clark Brewing Company.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Helena trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Helena takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March in Helena, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Helena

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Butte, Deer Lodge, Tizer Botanical Gardens & Arboretum
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena
Mount Helena ©
Mount Helena
Montana State Capitol ©
Montana State Capitol

5
nights
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. Explore hidden gems such as Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Placid Lake State Park. Explore Missoula's surroundings by going to Rugg's Outfitting (in Superior), Garden of One Thousand Buddhas (in Arlee) and Philipsburg (Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine, Philipsburg Brewing Company, &more). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at A Carousel for Missoula, stroll around Caras Park, sample the tasty concoctions at Big Sky Brewing, and grab your bike and head to Silver Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Missoula trip planner.

Traveling by car from Helena to Missoula takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in April, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Polson.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Philipsburg, Placid Lake State Park, Mount Sentinel, Rugg's Outfitting, Garden of One Thousand Buddhas
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation ©
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
A Carousel for Missoula ©
A Carousel for Missoula
Rugg's Outfitting ©
Rugg's Outfitting

2
nights
Polson

Polson ©
Polson is a city in Lake County, Montana, United States, on the southern shore of Flathead Lake. Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): get outside with Wild Trout Adventures, see human ingenuity at work at Kerr Dam, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Flathead Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): examine the collection at Miracle of America Museum, thentake an in-depth tour of Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana, and then look for all kinds of wild species at National Bison Range.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Polson visit planner.

You can drive from Missoula to Polson in 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Polson are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Libby.

Things to do in Polson

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Wild Trout Adventures, Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana, National Bison Range
Highlights from your plan
Flathead Lake ©
Flathead Lake
National Bison Range ©
National Bison Range
Miracle of America Museum ©
Miracle of America Museum

1
night
Libby

Libby ©
Libby is a city in and the county seat of Lincoln County, Montana. On the 11th (Sun), fly down the slopes at Turner Mountain Ski Area and then take in the views from Kootenai Falls Suspension Bridge.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Libby tour app.

Traveling by car from Polson to Libby takes 2.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. In April, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Eastsound.

Things to do in Libby

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Turner Mountain Ski Area ©
Turner Mountain Ski Area
Kootenai Falls Suspension Bridge ©
Kootenai Falls Suspension Bridge

4
nights
Eastsound, Orcas Island

Eastsound ©
Eastsound is an unincorporated community on Orcas Island in San Juan County, Washington, United States.Eastsound is the largest population center on Orcas Island, the second-most populated and physically largest of the San Juan Islands. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shearwater Kayak Tours and Summit Learning Center. Spend the 14th (Wed) exploring nature at Sucia Island State Park. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Orcas Island Pottery, view the masterpieces at Orcas Island Artworks, experience rural life at Buck Bay Shellfish Farm, and immerse yourself in nature at Jones Island State Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Eastsound trip itinerary builder site.

Explore your travel options from Libby to Eastsound with the Route module. Traveling from Libby in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of °F in Eastsound. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Eastsound

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Olga, Turtleback Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Shearwater Kayak Tours ©
Shearwater Kayak Tours
Orcas Island Pottery ©
Orcas Island Pottery
Moran State Park ©
Moran State Park

5
nights
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

The tiny town of Friday Harbor is the largest village on the San Juan Islands, and it fits within just 2.6 km (1 sq mi) of space.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lime Kiln Point State Park and Pelindaba Lavender Farm. Venture out of the city with trips to Lopez Island (Chimera Gallery & Shark Reef Sanctuary). And it doesn't end there: witness the site of a historic battle at American Camp, relax and rejuvenate at Lavendera Massage, make a trip to English Camp, and see the interesting displays at The Whale Museum.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Friday Harbor trip app.

Traveling by journey from Eastsound to Friday Harbor takes 1.5 hours. In April in Friday Harbor, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Whitefish.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trips

San Juan Island, Lopez Island
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Lime Kiln Point State Park ©
Lime Kiln Point State Park
American Camp ©
American Camp

5
nights
Whitefish

Whitefish ©
Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like State of Mind Fishing Charters LLC and Spas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Whitefish: Bigfork (KEHOE'S AGATE SHOP, INC. & Swan River Nature Trail), Hungry Horse Resevoir (in Hungry Horse) and Blacktail Mountain Ski Area (in Lakeside). There's still lots to do: test your team's savvy at Hidden Key Escape Games, don't miss a visit to Whitefish Pottery, play a few rounds at Whitefish Lake Golf Club, and stroll around Lone Pine State Park.

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

You can fly from Friday Harbor to Whitefish in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Friday Harbor to Whitefish, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Whitefish when traveling from Friday Harbor in April, with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Whitefish

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Kalispell, Bigfork, Glacier Highline, Hungry Horse Resevoir, Blacktail Mountain Ski Area
Highlights from your plan
State of Mind Fishing Charters LLC ©
State of Mind Fishing Charters LLC
Hidden Key Escape Games ©
Hidden Key Escape Games
Spas

5
nights
Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Swiftcurrent Pass Hike and Lake McDonald. When in Glacier National Park, make a side trip to see Home Ranch Bottoms in Polebridge, approximately Polebridge away. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Swiftcurrent Mountain, contemplate the waterfront views at St. Mary Lake, admire the verdant scenery at Logan Pass, and get a dose of the wild on Sun Tours.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Glacier National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Whitefish to Glacier National Park in 1.5 hours. In April in Glacier National Park, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Home Ranch Bottoms
Highlights from your plan
Swiftcurrent Mountain ©
Swiftcurrent Mountain
Swiftcurrent Pass Hike ©
Swiftcurrent Pass Hike
Mt. Clements ©
Mt. Clements

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