60 days in Montana & Detroit Itinerary

60 days in Montana & Detroit Itinerary

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60 days in Montana & Detroit Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Missoula
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Whitefish
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Glacier National Park
— 8 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Great Falls
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Helena
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Dillon
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
West Yellowstone
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Gardiner
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Cooke City
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Bozeman
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
11
Billings
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
12
Detroit
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Philadelphia

5
nights
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Missoula: Seeley Lake Nordic Trails (in Seeley Lake), Lolo Trail (in Lolo) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Alberton). There's still lots to do: trek along Rattlesnake National Recreation Area, see the interesting displays at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Blue Mountain Trailhead (hike & bike), and get in on the family fun at A Carousel for Missoula.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Missoula online sightseeing planner .

Philadelphia to Missoula is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to Missoula is minus 2 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Philadelphia in May: high temperatures in Missoula hover around 68°F and lows are around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Whitefish.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Stevensville, Seeley Lake Nordic Trails, Lake Como, Lolo Trail
Highlights from your plan
Rattlesnake National Recreation Area ©
A Carousel for Missoula ©
A Carousel for Missoula
Blue Mountain Trailhead (hike & bike) ©

5
nights
Whitefish

Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Whitefish side-trips: Libby (Libby Dam Visitor Center, Libby Heritage Museum, & more), Bigfork (Swan River, Flathead Lake Charters, & more) and West Glacier (River Rafting & Tubing & Hidden Lake). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Flathead Lake, get engrossed in the history at Depot Park, play a few rounds at Meadow Lake Golf Resort, and fly down the slopes at Whitefish Mountain Resort.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Whitefish travel planner .

Traveling by car from Missoula to Whitefish takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In May in Whitefish, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Whitefish

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Bigfork, Libby, Columbia Falls, West Glacier, Flathead Lake
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Whitefish Mountain Resort ©
Whitefish Mountain Resort
Swan River ©
Swan River

8
nights
Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©
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.
Spend the 13th (Mon) exploring nature at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. And it doesn't end there: cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road, hike along Granite Park Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Iceberg Lake, and take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Glacier National Park travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Whitefish to Glacier National Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. In May, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road

5
nights
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Great Falls: Old Trail Museum (in Choteau), Bynum (Trex Agate Shop & Two Medicine Dinosaur Center) and White Cliffs (in Fort Benton). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, explore the activities along Sacagawea Springs, admire the majestic nature at Giant Springs State Park, and admire the sheer force of Ryan Dam - Great Falls of the Missouri.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Great Falls trip app .

You can drive from Glacier National Park to Great Falls in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Great Falls, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 39°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Helena.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Bynum, Old Trail Museum, First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, White Cliffs
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

6
nights
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Change things up with these side-trips from Helena: Butte (Headframe Spirits, Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives, & more) and Deer Lodge (Grant-Kohrs Ranch, Powell County Museum & Arts Foundation, & more). Spend the 28th (Tue) exploring nature at Helena National Forest. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Helena, take an in-depth tour of Montana Historical Society Museum, admire all the interesting features of Last Chance Ranch, and explore the striking landscape of Gates of the Mountains.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Helena trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Helena takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In May, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Dillon.

Things to do in Helena

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Butte, Deer Lodge, Tizer Botanical Gardens & Arboretum
Highlights from your plan
Mount Helena ©
Mount Helena
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains

3
nights
Dillon

Dillon ©
Dillon is a city in and the county seat of Beaverhead County, Montana, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Red Rock Mine & Garnet Gallery (in Alder), Crystal Park (in Polaris) and Virginia City (J.Spencer Watkins Memorial Museum & Virginia City National Historic Landmark). The adventure continues: see a world frozen in time at Bannack State Park, admire the majestic nature at Clark's Lookout State Park, stop by The Bookstore, and take in the awesome beauty at Pioneer Mountain Wilderness Area.

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Dillon route planner .

Getting from Helena to Dillon by car takes about 2.5 hours. May in Dillon sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Dillon

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Virginia City, Crystal Park, Red Rock Mine & Garnet Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Bannack State Park ©
Bannack State Park
Beaverhead County Museum ©
Beaverhead County Museum
Clark's Lookout State Park ©
Clark's Lookout State Park

4
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
West Yellowstone is known for wildlife, nature, nightlife, adventure, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, head outdoors with Yellowstone Nature Connection, and explore the activities along Yellowstone River.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the West Yellowstone journey planner.

Traveling by car from Dillon to West Yellowstone takes 3 hours. Traveling from Dillon in June, things will get a bit cooler in West Yellowstone: highs are around 69°F and lows about 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun ©
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Yellowstone River ©
Yellowstone River

2
nights
Gardiner

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
On the 7th (Fri), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the natural beauty of Chico Hot Springs and then explore by horseback at Wilderness Connection.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Gardiner trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from West Yellowstone to Gardiner by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Cooke City.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Chico Hot Springs
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing
Chico Hot Springs ©
Chico Hot Springs

2
nights
Cooke City

Cooke City ©
Cooke City-Silver Gate is a census-designated place (CDP) in Park County, Montana, United States. On the 9th (Sun), get a new perspective on nature at Yellowstone Trading Post, cruise along Beartooth Hwy, and then explore and take pictures at Beartooth Highway. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Sylvia's Sweet Shoppe, then get engrossed in the history at Cooke City Montana Museum, then take in panoramic vistas at Clay Butte Fire Lookout Tower, and finally stroll through Clarks Fork Trail.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Cooke City trip planner .

You can drive from Gardiner to Cooke City in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in June, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Bozeman.

Things to do in Cooke City

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Beartooth Hwy
Highlights from your plan
Cooke City Montana Museum ©
Cooke City Montana Museum
Yellowstone Trading Post ©
Yellowstone Trading Post

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. Explore Bozeman's surroundings by going to Lava Lake Trail (in Gallatin Gateway) and Big Sky (River Rafting & Tubing, Big Sky Chapel, & more). There's still lots to do: learn more about the world around you at Museum of the Rockies, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bozeman Spirits Distillery, take an in-depth tour of American Computer Museum, and explore the stunning scenery at Gallatin Canyon.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Bozeman sightseeing site .

Traveling by car from Cooke City to Bozeman takes 3 hours. Traveling from Cooke City in June, expect Bozeman to be a bit warmer, temps between 77°F and 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Billings.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Big Sky, Lava Lake Trail
Highlights from your plan
Big Sky Resort ©
Big Sky Resort
Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies
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. Venture out of the city with trips to Pompeys Pillar National Monument (in Pompeys Pillar), Little Bighorn Battlefield (in Crow Agency) and Red Lodge (Carbon County Historical Society and Museum, Silver Run Trails, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, explore and take pictures at Dehler Park, view the masterpieces at Toucan Gallery, and have fun at Black Butte Range.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Billings route planner .

Getting from Bozeman to Billings by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Bozeman in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Billings, with lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Detroit.

Things to do in Billings

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Red Lodge, Little Bighorn Battlefield, Pompeys Pillar National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Red Lodge Mountain ©
Red Lodge Mountain
Little Bighorn Battlefield ©
Little Bighorn Battlefield
Horseback Riding Tours

7
nights
Detroit

Detroit ©
Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Get out of town with these interesting Detroit side-trips: Toledo (Toledo Zoo, Toledo Museum of Art, & more), River Raisin Territorial Park (in Monroe) and Sandusky (Cedar Point & Kalahari Waterparks). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, take in panoramic vistas at Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Detroit Zoo, and admire all the interesting features of Comerica Park.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Detroit tour itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Billings to Detroit by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Billings to Detroit is 2 hours. Traveling from Billings in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Detroit, with lows of 61°F. On the 29th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Toledo, Dearborn, Sandusky, Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial, Burnham Orchards
Highlights from your plan
Cedar Point ©
Cedar Point
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts
Comerica Park ©
Comerica Park

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