60 days in Montana Itinerary

60 days in Montana Itinerary

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60 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Fort Myers, Florida
Bus + Fly:  10 h 15 min
1
Billings
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Bozeman
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Gardiner
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
West Yellowstone
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Butte
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Helena
— 8 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Great Falls
— 6 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
8
West Glacier
— 10 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
9
Polson
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
10
Missoula
— 7 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Bus:  10 h 45 min
End: Fort Myers, Florida

7
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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Billings: Crow Agency (Little Bighorn Battlefield & Custer Battlefield Trading Company), Red Lodge (Babcock & Miles, Silver Run Trails, &more) and Custer Battlefield Museum (in Garryowen). There's lots more to do: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, admire the masterpieces at Yellowstone Art Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at The Rimrocks, and examine the collection at Moss Mansion.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Billings visit planner.

Fort Myers to Billings is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Fort Myers to Billings due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Fort Myers in May, things will get cooler in Billings: highs are around 67°F and lows about 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in Billings

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Red Lodge, Crow Agency, Custer Battlefield Museum, Big Horn County Historical Museum, Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range
Highlights from your plan
Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range ©
Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range
Horseback Riding Tours
Moss Mansion ©
Moss Mansion

7
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Bozeman: Lava Lake Trail (in Gallatin Gateway), Big Sky (The Soldiers Chapel, Big Sky Resort, &more) and Gem Valley Montana (in Livingston). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Rockies, take in the awesome beauty at Bridger Bowl, take in the dramatic scenery at Palisade Falls, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Montana Grizzly Encounter.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Bozeman vacation planning app .

Traveling by car from Billings to Bozeman takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Billings in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 37°F in Bozeman. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Big Sky, Gem Valley Montana, 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 ©

2
nights
Gardiner

Gardiner ©
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, stop by Parks' Fly Shop, and then trot along with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gallatin National Forest.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Gardiner online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Bozeman to Gardiner takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Bozeman in May: high temperatures in Gardiner hover around 57°F and lows are around 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Gardiner

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Gallatin National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Gallatin National Forest ©
Gallatin National Forest
Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

4
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Get out of town with these interesting West Yellowstone side-trips: Big Sky (Lone Peak & Ousel Falls Trail). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Two Top, take a memorable tour with Tours, and contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone River.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read West Yellowstone trip maker site .

Getting from Gardiner to West Yellowstone by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in May, and nighttime lows around 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Butte.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Big Sky, Beartooth Hwy
Highlights from your plan
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun ©
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun
Yellowstone River ©
Yellowstone River

4
nights
Butte

Butte ©
Butte is a city in, and the county seat of Silver Bow County, Montana, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Crystal Park (in Polaris), Big Hole National Battlefield (in Wisdom) and Dillon (Bannack State Park & The Bookstore). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives, enjoy breathtaking views from Granite Mountain Memorial Overlook, immerse yourself in nature at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, and take in the dramatic natural features at The Ringing Rocks.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Butte route tool .

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Butte in 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Butte can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Helena.

Things to do in Butte

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Dillon, Philipsburg Brewing Company, Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, Big Hole National Battlefield, Crystal Park
Highlights from your plan
Bannack State Park ©
Bannack State Park
Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives ©
Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives
Granite Mountain Memorial Overlook ©
Granite Mountain Memorial Overlook

8
nights
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Step out of Helena with an excursion to Blackfoot Pathways:Sculpture in the Wild in Lincoln--about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Gates of the Mountains, get engrossed in the history at Montana Historical Society Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at Lewis & Clark Brewing Company, and explore the activities along Missouri River.

To see maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Helena online trip planner .

Getting from Butte to Helena by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Butte in May, expect Helena to be somewhat warmer, temps between 67°F and 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Helena

Parks Nature Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Tizer Botanical Gardens & Arboretum, Blackfoot Pathways:Sculpture in the Wild
Highlights from your plan
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena
Montana State Capitol ©
Montana State Capitol

6
nights
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Explore Great Falls' surroundings by going to Lewistown (Lewistown Carnegie Public Library & Central Montana Historical Museum), Shelby (Marias Museum of History & Art, Montana Veteran's Memorial Flag and Park, &more) and White Cliffs (in Fort Benton). And it doesn't end there: enjoy some music at Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, explore the ancient world of Wahkpa Chu'gn Archaeological Site, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Spirit Catholic Parish, and trek along River's Edge Trail.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Great Falls itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Helena to Great Falls in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Great Falls can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to West Glacier.

Things to do in Great Falls

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Shelby, Lewistown, Havre, White Cliffs
Highlights from your plan
C.M. Russell Museum ©
C.M. Russell Museum
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park

10
nights
West Glacier

West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. Get out of town with these interesting West Glacier side-trips: Glacier National Park (Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, Logan Pass, &more). Next up on the itinerary: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the activities along Lake McDonald, take in the dramatic scenery at Silver Staircase Falls, and get engrossed in the history at Depot Park.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the West Glacier holiday maker site .

Traveling by car from Great Falls to West Glacier takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in June, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Polson.

Things to do in West Glacier

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Glacier National Park, Depot Park
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road

3
nights
Polson

Polson ©
Polson is a city in Lake County, Montana, United States, on the southern shore of Flathead Lake. Get out of town with these interesting Polson side-trips: Bigfork (Swan River, Swan River Nature Trail, &more) and National Bison Range (in Moiese). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Flathead Lake, look for gifts at Flathead Lake Cheese, and admire the majestic nature at Flathead Lake State Park.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Polson travel route planner.

Traveling by car from West Glacier to Polson takes 2 hours. In June in Polson, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Polson

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bigfork, National Bison Range, Flathead Lake State Park
Highlights from your plan
Swan River ©
Swan River
Flathead Lake Cheese ©
Flathead Lake Cheese
Wild Trout Adventures ©
Wild Trout Adventures

7
nights
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Missoula: Seeley Lake Nordic Trails (in Seeley Lake), Natural Pier Bridge (in Alberton) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Superior). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Rattlesnake National Recreation Area, browse the eclectic array of goods at Downtown ToNite, delve into the lush surroundings at Mount Jumbo North Peak Trail, and enjoy some diversion at McCormick Park.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Missoula trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Polson to Missoula takes 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Missoula can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Missoula

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Stevensville, Lolo, Natural Pier Bridge, River Rafting & Tubing, Seeley Lake Nordic Trails
Highlights from your plan
Rattlesnake National Recreation Area ©
A Carousel for Missoula ©
A Carousel for Missoula
Fishing Charters & Tours

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