6 days in Southwest Montana Itinerary

6 days in Southwest Montana Itinerary

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6 days in Southwest Montana Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
1
Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Butte
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Dillon
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Philipsburg
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

1
night
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): ponder the world of politics at Montana State Capitol.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Helena tour planner .

San Francisco to Helena is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Helena, with highs around 89°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Butte.

Things to do in Helena

Parks Trails Outdoors
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MacDonald Pass ©
MacDonald Pass
Original Governor's Mansion ©
Original Governor's Mansion
Montana State Capitol ©
Montana State Capitol

2
nights
Butte

Butte ©
Butte is a city in, and the county seat of Silver Bow County, Montana, United States. On the 17th (Wed), explore the activities along Georgetown Lake, then see the interesting displays at Powell County Museum & Arts Foundation, and then play a few rounds at Old Works. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of The Mai Wah, examine the collection at MBMG Mineral Museum, then contemplate the long history of Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives, and finally sample the fine beverages at Headframe Spirits.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Butte trip planner .

Traveling by car from Helena to Butte takes 1.5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Helena in July; daily highs in Butte reach 82°F and lows reach 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Dillon.

Things to do in Butte

Golf Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Anaconda, Powell County Museum & Arts Foundation
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Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives ©
Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives
Georgetown Lake ©
Georgetown Lake
Headframe Spirits ©
Headframe Spirits

1
night
Dillon

Dillon ©
Dillon is a city in and the county seat of Beaverhead County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Beaverhead County Museum and then identify plant and animal life at Lemhi Pass.

To find ratings and tourist information, read Dillon attractions planner.

Getting from Butte to Dillon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in July, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Philipsburg.

Things to do in Dillon

Trails Wildlife Parks
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Lemhi Pass ©
Lemhi Pass
Beaverhead County Museum ©
Beaverhead County Museum

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night
Philipsburg

Philipsburg ©
Philipsburg is a town in and the county seat of Granite County, Montana, United States. On the 20th (Sat), see a world frozen in time at Granite Ghost Town State Park, stroll around Winninghoff Park, then take an in-depth tour of Granite County Museum, and finally stop by Montana Gems of Philipsburg.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Philipsburg day trip planner .

Drive from Dillon to Philipsburg in 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Philipsburg are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Philipsburg

Parks Shopping Historic Sites
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Granite Ghost Town State Park ©
Granite Ghost Town State Park
Montana Gems of Philipsburg ©
Montana Gems of Philipsburg