54 days in Montana Itinerary

54 days in Montana Itinerary

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54 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Kalamazoo
Fly:  7​h
1
Billings
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Bozeman
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Gardiner
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
West Yellowstone
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Butte
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Great Falls
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Helena
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Missoula
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Polson
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
West Glacier
— 9 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h
End: Kalamazoo

6
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. Explore Billings' surroundings by going to Crow Agency (Custer Battlefield Trading Company & Little Bighorn Battlefield), Pompeys Pillar National Monument (in Pompeys Pillar) and Big Horn County Historical Museum (in Hardin). The adventure continues: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, don't miss a visit to Pictograph Cave State Park, take in the exciting artwork at Toucan Gallery, and take in the dramatic natural features at The Rimrocks.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Billings travel route builder tool .

Kalamazoo to Billings is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. In September in Billings, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in Billings

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Crow Agency, Red Lodge, Custer Battlefield Museum, Big Horn County Historical Museum, Bighorn Trout Shop
Highlights from your plan
Moss Mansion ©
Moss Mansion
Horseback Riding Tours
Little Bighorn Battlefield ©
Little Bighorn Battlefield

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. Get out of town with these interesting Bozeman side-trips: Big Sky (Big Sky Community Park, Beehive Basin Trail, & more), Livingston (Pine Creek Trail, Fishing Charters & Tours, & more) and Big Timber (Crazy Mountain Museum & Natural Bridge State Park). And it doesn't end there: learn more about the world around you at Museum of the Rockies, grab your bike and head to Middle Cottonwood Trailhead, get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Bozeman, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bozeman Spirits Distillery.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Bozeman trip planning site .

Drive from Billings to Bozeman in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Billings in September, plan for little chillier nights in Bozeman, with lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Big Sky, Livingston, Big Timber
Highlights from your plan
Gallatin Canyon ©
Gallatin Canyon
Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies
American Computer & Robotics Museum ©

2
nights
Gardiner

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then trot along with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Dailey Lake and then ride a horse along Wilderness Connection.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Gardiner day trip planning website .

You can drive from Bozeman to Gardiner in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Bozeman in September, with highs in Gardiner at 64°F and lows at 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Dailey Lake
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing
Dailey Lake ©
Dailey Lake

5
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 find plenty of places to visit near West Yellowstone: Big Sky (Grizzly Outfitters Ski & Backcountry Sports, Lone Peak, & more). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, explore the activities along Yellowstone River, cruise along Beartooth Hwy, and have some family-friendly fun at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our West Yellowstone trip planner .

You can drive from Gardiner to West Yellowstone in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in West Yellowstone are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Butte.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Big Sky, Beartooth Hwy
Highlights from your plan
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Yellowstone River ©
Yellowstone River
Fishing Charters & Tours

3
nights
Butte

Butte ©
Butte is a city in, and the county seat of Silver Bow County, Montana, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Butte side-trips: Philipsburg (Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine, Philipsburg Brewing Company, & more), Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park (in Three Forks) and Old Montana Prison Complex (in Deer Lodge). There's lots more to do: do some two-wheel cruising with Copper Canyon Harley Davidson, play a few rounds at Old Works, enjoy breathtaking views from Granite Mountain Memorial Overlook, and take in nature's colorful creations at Old Lexington Stamp Mill and Gardens.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Butte trip builder site .

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Butte takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from West Yellowstone in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Butte, with lows of 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Great Falls.

Things to do in Butte

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Philipsburg, The Ringing Rocks, Old Montana Prison Complex, Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, Old Works
Highlights from your plan
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park ©
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park
Granite Mountain Memorial Overlook ©
Granite Mountain Memorial Overlook
Copper Canyon Harley Davidson ©
Copper Canyon Harley Davidson

6
nights
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Central Montana Historical Museum (in Lewistown), Shelby (Roadrunner Trail & Montana Veteran's Memorial Flag and Park) and Fort Benton (White Cliffs, Fort Benton Museums & Heritage Complex, & more). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, take an in-depth tour of Ursuline Centre, explore the activities along Sacagawea Springs, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Ann Cathedral.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Great Falls sightseeing planner.

Drive from Butte to Great Falls in 2.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Great Falls when traveling from Butte in September, with lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Helena.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Fort Benton, Shelby, Central Montana Historical Museum, First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, Beneath the Streets
Highlights from your plan
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park
C.M. Russell Museum ©
C.M. Russell Museum
River's Edge Trail ©
River's Edge Trail

7
nights
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Helena is known for nature, historic sites, museums, breweries & distilleries, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Gates of the Mountains, ponder the world of politics at Montana State Capitol, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of St. Helena, and wander the wide-open spaces of Last Chance Ranch.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Helena vacation builder app .

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Helena takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in September, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Missoula.

Things to do in Helena

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tizer Botanical Gardens & Arboretum
Highlights from your plan
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Montana State Capitol ©
Montana State Capitol
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena

6
nights
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Missoula: River Rafting & Tubing (in Superior), Seeley Lake Nordic Trails (in Seeley Lake) and Lolo Trail (in Lolo). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rattlesnake National Recreation Area, examine the collection at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and get in on the family fun at A Carousel for Missoula.

Before you visit Missoula, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Helena to Missoula takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Missoula are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Polson.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Stevensville, River Rafting & Tubing, Lolo Trail, Seeley Lake Nordic Trails
Highlights from your plan
Rattlesnake National Recreation Area ©
A Carousel for Missoula ©
A Carousel for Missoula
Garnet Ghost Town ©
Garnet Ghost Town

3
nights
Polson

Polson ©
Polson is a city in Lake County, Montana, United States, on the southern shore of Flathead Lake. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Polson: Bigfork (Swan Lake, Jewel Basin Hiking Area, & more) and National Bison Range (in Moiese). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Flathead Lake, stop by Flathead Lake Cheese, and stroll around Sacajawea Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Polson trip builder tool .

Drive from Missoula to Polson in 1.5 hours. In October in Polson, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 31°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to West Glacier.

Things to do in Polson

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bigfork, National Bison Range
Highlights from your plan
National Bison Range ©
National Bison Range
Sacajawea Park ©
Sacajawea Park
Flathead Lake Cheese ©
Flathead Lake Cheese

9
nights
West Glacier

West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from West Glacier: Glacier National Park (Piegan Pass, Swiftcurrent Falls, & more). The adventure continues: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, hike along Trail of the Cedars, admire the sheer force of Silver Staircase Falls, and explore the activities along Lake McDonald.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our West Glacier road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Polson to West Glacier in 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in West Glacier are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. On the 24th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in West Glacier

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Glacier National Park, Depot Park, Willow's HuckleberryLand
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road

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