53 days in Santa Clarita & Montana Itinerary

53 days in Santa Clarita & Montana Itinerary

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53 days in Santa Clarita & Montana Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  10​h
1
Santa Clarita
— 10 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
2
Missoula
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
West Glacier
— 8 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Great Falls
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Helena
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Anaconda
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
West Yellowstone
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Bozeman
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Billings
— 5 nights
Fly + foot:  8​h 30​min
End: New York City

10
nights
Santa Clarita

Santa Clarita ©
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. Visit Tehachapi Loop and Greystone Mansion and Park for their historical value. Take a break from the city and head to El Matador State Beach and Zuma Beach. Explore Santa Clarita's surroundings by going to Malibu (Malibu Bluffs Park & Carbon Beach), The Wende Museum of the Cold War (in Culver City) and Mulholland Drive (in Beverly Hills). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through East Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, get interesting insight from Tours, and kick back and relax at Butterfly Beach.

To find out how to plan a trip to Santa Clarita, use our trip itinerary maker.

New York City to Santa Clarita is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Missoula.

Things to do in Santa Clarita

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Malibu, Santa Monica, Tehachapi, Santa Barbara, Beverly Hills
Highlights from your plan
Six Flags Magic Mountain ©
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Butterfly Beach ©
Butterfly Beach
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach

5
nights
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. Step off the beaten path and head to National Bison Range and Garnet Ghost Town. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Miracle of America Museum (MoAM) and Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center. Get out of town with these interesting Missoula side-trips: St. Ignatius Mission (in Saint Ignatius), Polson (Flathead Lake & Sacajawea Park) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Alberton). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, get a new perspective on nature at Montana Natural History Center, walk around Jacob Island Dog Park, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Silver Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Missoula trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by flight from Santa Clarita to Missoula takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santa Clarita to Missoula. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Santa Clarita in July since evenings lows in Missoula dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to West Glacier.

Things to do in Missoula

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trips

Polson, St. Ignatius Mission, National Bison Range
Highlights from your plan
National Bison Range ©
National Bison Range
Miracle of America Museum ©
Miracle of America Museum
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation ©
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

8
nights
West Glacier

West Glacier ©
West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. Do some cultural sightseeing at Conrad Mansion and Depot Park. Escape the urban bustle at Going-to-the-Sun Road and Hidden Lake. Get out of town with these interesting West Glacier side-trips: Glacier National Park (Grinnell Glacier, Highline Trail, & more). The adventure continues: hike along Trail of the Cedars and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our West Glacier trip planner .

Getting from Missoula to West Glacier by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in West Glacier are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Great Falls.

Things to do in West Glacier

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Glacier National Park, Conrad Mansion, Depot Park
Highlights from your plan
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

5
nights
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Get outdoors at Giant Springs State Park and Ryan Dam - Great Falls of the Missouri. Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and St. Ann Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Great Falls side-trips: Beneath the Streets (in Havre), Central Montana Historical Museum (in Lewistown) and Fort Benton Museums & Heritage Complex (in Fort Benton). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at River's Edge Trail, get engrossed in the history at The History Museum, admire the masterpieces at C.M. Russell Museum, and brush up on your military savvy at Malmstrom Museum and Air Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Great Falls trip maker website .

Drive from West Glacier to Great Falls in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a 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

Side Trips

Beneath the Streets, Fort Benton Museums & Heritage Complex, Central Montana Historical Museum, First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
Highlights from your plan
C.M. Russell Museum ©
C.M. Russell Museum
Beneath the Streets ©
Beneath the Streets
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park

4
nights
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Visit Cathedral of St. Helena and Last Chance Gulch for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Montana Historical Society Museum and Archie Bray Foundation. 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 lots more to do: get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Helena, identify plant and animal life at Gates of the Mountains, and find something for the whole family at Great Northern Carousel.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Helena sightseeing planner .

Drive from Great Falls to Helena in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Anaconda.

Things to do in Helena

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Blackfoot Pathways:Sculpture in the Wild
Highlights from your plan
Montana Historical Society Museum ©
Montana Historical Society Museum
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena

3
nights
Anaconda

Anaconda ©
Anaconda, county seat of Deer Lodge County, which has a consolidated city-county government, is located in southwestern Montana of the United States. You'll explore and learn at World Museum of Mining and MBMG Mineral Museum. Get some cultural insight at Old Montana Prison Complex and Grant-Kohrs Ranch. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Anaconda: Powell County Museum & Arts Foundation (in Deer Lodge), Philipsburg (Philipsburg Brewing Company & The Sweet Palace) and Big Hole National Battlefield (in Wisdom). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Old Lexington Stamp Mill and Gardens.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Anaconda trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Helena to Anaconda takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Helena in August, things will get little chillier in Anaconda: highs are around 80°F and lows about 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Anaconda

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Deer Lodge, Butte, Philipsburg, Big Hole National Battlefield
Highlights from your plan
Grant-Kohrs Ranch ©
Grant-Kohrs Ranch
Big Hole National Battlefield ©
Big Hole National Battlefield
Old Montana Prison Complex ©
Old Montana Prison Complex

5
nights
West Yellowstone

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Earthquake Lake and Yellowstone Historic Center. Step off the beaten path and head to Ousel Falls Trail and Horseback Riding Tours. Step out of West Yellowstone with an excursion to Lone Peak in Big Sky--about 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, explore the activities along Hebgen Lake, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the West Yellowstone travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Anaconda to West Yellowstone by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Anaconda in August, with highs in West Yellowstone at 75°F and lows at 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Big Sky
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Earthquake Lake ©
Earthquake Lake

6
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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park and Horseback Riding Tours. Escape the urban bustle at Palisade Falls and Gallatin River. Change things up with these side-trips from Bozeman: Missouri Headwaters State Park (in Three Forks), Virginia City (J.Spencer Watkins Memorial Museum & Virginia City National Historic Landmark) and Big Sky (The Soldiers Chapel, Big Sky Resort, & more). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of American Computer Museum and examine the collection at Livingston Depot Center.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Bozeman driving holiday app .

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Bozeman in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from West Yellowstone in August, with highs in Bozeman at 84°F and lows at 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Billings.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Big Sky, Three Forks, Virginia City, Livingston Depot Center
Highlights from your plan
Missouri Headwaters State Park ©
Missouri Headwaters State Park
Fishing Charters & Tours
American Computer & Robotics Museum ©

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. Get outdoors at Pictograph Cave State Park and The Rimrocks. Let the collections at Moss Mansion and Yellowstone Art Museum capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Billings side-trips: Pompeys Pillar National Monument (in Pompeys Pillar), Crow Agency (Custer Battlefield Trading Post & Cafe & Little Bighorn Battlefield) and Custer Battlefield Museum (in Garryowen). There's still lots to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, take in the exciting artwork at Toucan Gallery, look for all kinds of wild species at Four Dances Recreation Area, and learn about winemaking at Yellowstone Cellars & Winery.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Billings attractions planning app .

You can drive from Bozeman to Billings in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Bozeman in August since evenings lows in Billings dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Billings

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Crow Agency, Custer Battlefield Museum, Pompeys Pillar National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Custer Battlefield Museum ©
Custer Battlefield Museum
Custer Battlefield Trading Company ©
Moss Mansion ©
Moss Mansion

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