57 days in Montana Itinerary

57 days in Montana Itinerary

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Billings
— 6 nights
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Bozeman
— 7 nights
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Gardiner
— 4 nights
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West Yellowstone
— 5 nights
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Butte
— 4 nights
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Helena
— 6 nights
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Great Falls
— 6 nights
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Missoula
— 7 nights
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Glacier National Park
— 11 nights
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Billings — 6 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. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Horn County Historical Museum (in Hardin), Huntley Project Museum (in Huntley) and Pompeys Pillar National Monument (in Pompeys Pillar). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at DanWalt Gardens, sample the tasty concoctions at Thirsty Street Brewing Company at The Taproom, contemplate the long history of Moss Mansion, and appreciate the history behind Little Bighorn Battlefield.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Billings trip itinerary maker tool.

Boston to Billings is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Boston to Billings due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Boston in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 54°F in Billings. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Bozeman.
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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. Get out of town with these interesting Bozeman side-trips: J.Spencer Watkins Memorial Museum (in Virginia City), Big Sky (The Soldiers Chapel, River Rafting & Tubing, &more) and Nevada City Ghost Town (in Nevada City). And it doesn't end there: see the sky in a new way at Museum of the Rockies, indulge your taste buds at Tour De Foam, explore the activities along Gallatin River, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Bozeman.

Make your Bozeman itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Billings to Bozeman in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Billings in June since evenings lows in Bozeman dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Gardiner.
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Gardiner — 4 nights

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gardiner: Cooke City (Yellowstone Trading Post, Sylvia's Sweet Shoppe, &more). There's lots more to do: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, delve into the lush surroundings at Gallatin National Forest, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Gardiner driving holiday planning app.

Getting from Bozeman to Gardiner by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Bozeman in July; daily highs in Gardiner reach 77°F and lows reach 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to West Yellowstone.
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West Yellowstone — 5 nights

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Explore West Yellowstone's surroundings by going to Wade Lake (in Ennis) and Big Sky (Grizzly Outfitters Ski & Backcountry Sports, Lone Peak, &more). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, explore the activities along Hebgen Lake, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read West Yellowstone road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Gardiner to West Yellowstone takes 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in West Yellowstone can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Butte.
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Butte — 4 nights

Butte is a city in, and the county seat of Silver Bow County, Montana, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Deer Lodge (Yesterday's Playthings, Montana Auto Museum, &more), Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park (in Three Forks) and Dillon (The Bookstore & Bannack State Park). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at World Museum of Mining, contemplate the long history of Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives, sample the fine beverages at Headframe Spirits, and take in panoramic vistas at Granite Mountain Memorial Overlook.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Butte online trip planner.

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Butte in 3 hours. Traveling from West Yellowstone in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 47°F in Butte. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Helena.
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Helena — 6 nights

Helena is the capital city of the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County. Take a break from Helena with a short trip to Headhunters Fly Fishing in Craig, about 1h 5 min away. Spend the 24th (Mon) exploring nature at Helena National Forest. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Helena, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lewis & Clark Brewing Company, admire the landmark architecture of Original Governor's Mansion, and view the masterpieces at Archie Bray Foundation.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Helena trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Butte to Helena takes 1.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Butte in July; daily highs in Helena reach 89°F and lows reach 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Great Falls.
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Great Falls — 6 nights

Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Great Falls: Fort Benton (Fort Benton Bridge, Museum of the Northern Great Plains, &more), Central Montana Historical Museum (in Lewistown) and Shelby (Marias Museum of History & Art, Montana Veteran's Memorial Flag and Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Giant Springs State Park, stroll around Gibson Park, and get engrossed in the history at Ursuline Centre.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Great Falls online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Helena to Great Falls takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Great Falls sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Missoula.
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Missoula — 7 nights

Missoula is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. Get out of town with these interesting Missoula side-trips: Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana (in Charlo), River Rafting & Tubing (in Alberton) and Polson (Flathead Lake & Glacier Brewing Company). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Francis Xavier Church, stroll around Caras Park, and hunt for treasures at Downtown ToNite.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Missoula trip planner.

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Missoula takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Glacier National Park.
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Glacier National Park — 11 nights

Crown of the Continent

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Dawson Pass and Pitamakan Pass Loop in East Glacier Park (about 50 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road, contemplate the waterfront views at Swiftcurrent Falls, stroll through Iceberg Lake Trail, and admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Glacier National Park visit app.

Traveling by car from Missoula to Glacier National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in August, and nighttime lows around 48°F. On the 19th (Sat), you're off to home.
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Montana travel guide

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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.
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