60 days in Montana Itinerary

60 days in Montana Itinerary

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Make it your trip
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Glacier National Park
— 11 nights
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Great Falls
— 6 nights
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Helena
— 7 nights
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Missoula
— 7 nights
Drive
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Butte
— 5 nights
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West Yellowstone
— 5 nights
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Gardiner
— 3 nights
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Bozeman
— 7 nights
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Billings
— 7 nights
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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.
On the 16th (Thu), hike the day away at Highline Trail. Spend the 15th (Wed) exploring nature at Red Rock Falls, Glacier National Park. There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, hike along Cracker Lake Hike, admire the sheer force of Apikuni Falls, and stroll through Granite Park Trail.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park tour itinerary app.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Glacier National Park is an approximately 20-hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Glacier National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in December, expect Glacier National Park to be much colder, temps between 29°F and 16°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Great Falls.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Great Falls

— 6 nights
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Great Falls: Museum of the Northern Great Plains (in Fort Benton) and Shelby (Roadrunner Trail & Montana Veteran's Memorial Flag and Park). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, explore the activities along Dearborn River, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Ann Cathedral, and admire the majestic nature at Giant Springs State Park.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Great Falls travel planner.

Getting from Glacier National Park to Great Falls by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. In December in Great Falls, expect temperatures between 32°F during the day and 14°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Helena

— 7 nights
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County. Spend the 1st (Sat) exploring nature at Helena National Forest. There's still lots to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lewis & Clark Brewing Company, take in the exciting artwork at Archie Bray Foundation, get a taste of life in the country at Last Chance Ranch, and catch some excitement at Great Northern Carousel.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Helena online route planner.

Getting from Great Falls to Helena by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 31°F, and evening lows to 13°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Missoula.

Things to do in Helena

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

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: Flathead Lake (in Polson), Garden of One Thousand Buddhas (in Arlee) and National Bison Range (in Moiese). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, look for gifts at Grizzly Hackle Fly Shop, walk around Caras Park, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Montgomery Distillery.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Missoula trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Helena to Missoula in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Missoula sees daily highs of 31°F and lows of 17°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Butte.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Butte

— 5 nights
Butte is a city in, and the county seat of Silver Bow County, Montana, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Butte: Bannack State Park (in Dillon), Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park (in Three Forks) and Old Montana Prison Complex (in Deer Lodge). Next up on the itinerary: sample the fine beverages at Headframe Spirits, take some stellar pictures from Berkeley Pit, contemplate the long history of Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives, and take in panoramic vistas at Granite Mountain Memorial Overlook.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Butte travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Missoula to Butte by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Missoula in January, plan for little chillier nights in Butte, with lows around 7°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Butte

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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 Big Sky (Lone Peak & Ousel Falls Trail). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, head outdoors with Madison River Outfitters, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Yellowstone, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the West Yellowstone online journey maker.

You can drive from Butte to West Yellowstone in 3 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Butte in January, with highs in West Yellowstone at 21°F and lows at -2°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Gardiner.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Gardiner

— 3 nights
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Venture out of the city with trips to Angler's West Fly Fishing (in Emigrant) and Clarks Fork Trail (in Cooke City). The adventure continues: trot along with a tour on horseback, ride a horse along Wilderness Connection, take a memorable drive along Beartooth Hwy, and explore the striking landscape of Gallatin National Forest.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Gardiner visit planning app.

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Gardiner in 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Gardiner are 21°F, while nighttime lows are -2°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Shopping

Side Trips

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. Venture out of the city with trips to Livingston (Sacajawea Park & Yellowstone Guidelines) and Big Sky (Horseback Riding Tours, Big Sky Resort, &more). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Bozeman, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, get engrossed in the history at Gallatin History Museum, and learn the secrets of beer at Tour De Foam.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Bozeman online travel route planner.

Getting from Gardiner to Bozeman by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Gardiner in January, things will get a bit warmer in Bozeman: highs are around 31°F and lows about 10°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Billings.

Things to do in Bozeman

Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Billings

— 7 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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Billings: Custer Battlefield Museum (in Garryowen), Bighorn Trout Shop (in Fort Smith) and Little Bighorn Battlefield (in Crow Agency). There's much more to do: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, see the interesting displays at Carbon County Historical Society and Museum, admire the natural beauty at DanWalt Gardens, and admire the masterpieces at Yellowstone Art Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Billings trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Bozeman to Billings takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Bozeman in February since evenings lows in Billings dip to 19°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Billings

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Montana travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Nature & Parks
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.