53 days in Santa Clarita & Montana Itinerary

53 days in Santa Clarita & Montana Itinerary

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Santa Clarita
— 10 nights
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Missoula
— 5 nights
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West Glacier
— 8 nights
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Great Falls
— 5 nights
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Helena
— 4 nights
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Anaconda
— 3 nights
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West Yellowstone
— 5 nights
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Bozeman
— 6 nights
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Billings
— 5 nights
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Santa Clarita

— 10 nights
Santa Clarita, officially the City of Santa Clarita, is the fourth largest city in Los Angeles County, California, and the 24th largest in the state of California. Museum-lovers will get to explore Tehachapi Depot Railroad Museum and Kern County Museum. Visit Tehachapi Loop and Santa Monica Pier for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Clarita: The Wende Museum of the Cold War (in Culver City), Malibu (Malibu Bluffs Park, Zuma Beach, &more) and Beverly Hills (Mulholland Drive & Greystone Mansion and Park). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach, see the interesting displays at Reagan Ranch Center, stroll through East Beach, and get in on the family fun at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Santa Clarita online travel planner.

New York City to Santa Clarita is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Santa Clarita is minus 3 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Missoula.

Things to do in Santa Clarita

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Missoula

— 5 nights
Missoula is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. Your inner history buff will appreciate Garnet Ghost Town and St. Ignatius Mission. Do some cultural sightseeing at Miracle of America Museum and Fort Missoula Museum. Explore Missoula's surroundings by going to National Bison Range (in Moiese), Polson (Flathead Lake & Sacajawea Park) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Alberton). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, explore the landscape on two wheels at Silver Park, see the interesting displays at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center, and stop by Rockin Rudy's.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Missoula trip planner.

You can fly from Santa Clarita to Missoula in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Clarita to Missoula, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Santa Clarita in July since evenings lows in Missoula dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to West Glacier.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

West Glacier

— 8 nights
West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. Get some cultural insight at Conrad Mansion and Depot Park. Step out of the city life by going to Going-to-the-Sun Road and Highline Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Glacier National Park (Grinnell Glacier, Iceberg Lake Trail, &more). The adventure continues: trek along Trail of the Cedars, explore the activities along Hidden Lake, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the West Glacier route builder.

Drive from Missoula to West Glacier in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. July in West Glacier sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Great Falls.

Things to do in West Glacier

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Great Falls

— 5 nights
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Let the collections at C.M. Russell Museum and Fort Benton Museums & Heritage Complex capture your imagination. Explore hidden gems such as Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Great Falls: Beneath the Streets (in Havre) and Central Montana Historical Museum (in Lewistown). There's lots more to do: hike along River's Edge Trail, admire the majestic nature at Giant Springs State Park, take an in-depth tour of The History Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Ann Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Great Falls trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from West Glacier to Great Falls by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Great Falls

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

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. Get a sense of the local culture at Cathedral of St. Helena and Montana Historical Society Museum. You'll explore and learn at Blackfoot Pathways:Sculpture in the Wild and Archie Bray Foundation. There's lots more to do: catch some excitement at Great Northern Carousel, stroll through Mount Helena, get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lewis & Clark Brewing Company.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Helena trip site.

You can drive from Great Falls to Helena in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Helena can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Anaconda.

Things to do in Helena

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Anaconda

— 3 nights
Anaconda, county seat of Deer Lodge County, which has a consolidated city-county government, is located in southwestern Montana of the United States. Get a sense of the local culture at World Museum of Mining and Grant-Kohrs Ranch. Discover out-of-the-way places like Old Montana Prison Complex and Montana Auto Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Anaconda: Philipsburg (Philipsburg Brewing Company & The Sweet Palace), Big Hole National Battlefield (in Wisdom) and Butte (Old Lexington Stamp Mill and Gardens & MBMG Mineral Museum).

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Anaconda travel site.

Traveling by car from Helena to Anaconda takes 1.5 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Helena in August: high temperatures in Anaconda hover around 80°F and lows are around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Anaconda

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping

Side Trips

West Yellowstone

— 5 nights
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Step out of the city life by going to Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and Ousel Falls Trail. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Earthquake Lake and Horseback Riding Tours. Go for a jaunt from West Yellowstone to Big Sky to see Lone Peak about 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Museum of the Yellowstone, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, look for gifts at Eagle's Store, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

Plan trip to West Yellowstone with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Anaconda to West Yellowstone by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Anaconda in August; daily highs in West Yellowstone reach 75°F and lows reach 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Bozeman

— 6 nights
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park and American Computer & Robotics Museum. Virginia City National Historic Landmark and The Soldiers Chapel will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bozeman: Big Sky (Horseback Riding Tours, Big Sky Resort, &more), Missouri Headwaters State Park (in Three Forks) and J.Spencer Watkins Memorial Museum (in Virginia City). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Gallatin River, admire the sheer force of Palisade Falls, and see the interesting displays at Livingston Depot Center.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Bozeman holiday builder app.

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 August, expect Bozeman to be somewhat warmer, temps between 84°F and 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Billings.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · 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. Take a break from the city and head to Pictograph Cave State Park and Pompeys Pillar National Monument. Get a sense of the local culture at Moss Mansion and Custer Battlefield Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Billings side-trips: Crow Agency (Custer Battlefield Trading Company & Little Bighorn Battlefield). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Yellowstone Art Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Dances Recreation Area, do a tasting at Yellowstone Cellars & Winery, and take in the dramatic natural features at The Rimrocks.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Billings trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Bozeman to Billings by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Bozeman in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Billings, with lows of 58°F. On the 22nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Billings

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

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.