6 days in Southwest Montana Itinerary

6 days in Southwest Montana Itinerary

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6 days in Southwest Montana Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Helena
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Dillon
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Deer Lodge
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h
End: Portland

2
nights
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Gates of the Mountains, get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Helena.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Helena tour itinerary tool .

Portland to Helena is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Portland to Helena due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Portland in May since evenings lows in Helena dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Dillon.

Things to do in Helena

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Montana State Capitol ©
Montana State Capitol

1
night
Dillon

Dillon ©
Dillon is a city in and the county seat of Beaverhead County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Dillon Visitor Center, then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Bannack State Park, and then take in the awesome beauty at Pioneer Mountain Wilderness Area.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Dillon road trip planning website .

You can drive from Helena to Dillon in 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Deer Lodge.

Things to do in Dillon

Parks Nature Museums
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Bannack State Park ©
Bannack State Park

2
nights
Deer Lodge

Deer Lodge ©
Deer Lodge is a city in and the county seat of Powell County, Montana, United States. On the 23rd (Sat), take some stellar pictures from Berkeley Pit, get engrossed in the history at World Museum of Mining, then contemplate the long history of Grant-Kohrs Ranch, and finally examine the collection at Old Montana Prison Complex. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): take in panoramic vistas at Granite Mountain Memorial Overlook, stop by Montana Gems of Philipsburg, and then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Deer Lodge holiday maker site .

You can drive from Dillon to Deer Lodge in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in May, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Deer Lodge

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Butte, Philipsburg
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World Museum of Mining ©
World Museum of Mining
Old Montana Prison Complex ©
Old Montana Prison Complex
Grant-Kohrs Ranch ©
Grant-Kohrs Ranch