60 days in Montana Itinerary

60 days in Montana Itinerary

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Helena
— 6 nights
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Great Falls
— 6 nights
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Glacier National Park
— 12 nights
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Whitefish
— 6 nights
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Missoula
— 7 nights
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Butte
— 4 nights
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West Yellowstone
— 4 nights
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Gardiner
— 2 nights
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Bozeman
— 6 nights
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Billings
— 6 nights
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Helena

— 6 nights
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Visit Cathedral of St. Helena and Great Northern Carousel for their historical value. Visiting Gates of the Mountains and Helena National Forest will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Helena, contemplate the waterfront views at Missouri River, admire the striking features of Original Governor's Mansion, and immerse yourself in nature at Black Sandy State Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Helena day trip planning website.

Pittsburgh to Helena is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Pittsburgh to Helena due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Pittsburgh in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Helena, with highs around 89°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Helena

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Great Falls

— 6 nights
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Get outdoors at Giant Springs State Park and River's Edge Trail. Get some historical perspective at Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and Fort Benton Museums & Heritage Complex. Explore Great Falls' surroundings by going to Fort Benton (White Cliffs & Fort Benton Bridge) and Havre (Beneath the Streets & Triple Dog Brewing). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Ann Cathedral, walk around Gibson Park, and explore the world behind art at C.M. Russell Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Great Falls trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Helena to Great Falls in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Great Falls, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Glacier National Park

— 12 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Avalanche Lake and Lake McDonald. Get outdoors at Going-to-the-Sun Road and Trail of the Cedars. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Glacier National Park: Aster Falls (in East Glacier Park) and Home Ranch Bottoms (in Polebridge). Spend the 27th (Tue) exploring nature at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cracker Lake Hike, take in the dramatic scenery at St.Mary Falls, explore the activities along Two Medicine Lake, and trek along Piegan Pass.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Great Falls to Glacier National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. July in Glacier National Park sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Whitefish.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Whitefish

— 6 nights
Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Conrad Mansion and Hockaday Museum of Art. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Glacier National Park and Lone Pine State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Whitefish: Kootenai Falls Suspension Bridge (in Libby), River Rafting & Tubing (in West Glacier) and Ross Creek Cedar Grove Scenic Area (in Troy). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at City Beach, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Glacier Distilling Company, play a few rounds at Whitefish Lake Golf Club, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Swan River Nature Trail.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Whitefish trip builder app.

Getting from Glacier National Park to Whitefish by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Missoula.

Things to do in Whitefish

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Missoula

— 7 nights
Missoula is a city in the U.S. Get some cultural insight at Garnet Ghost Town and Miracle of America Museum. Get some historical perspective at Daly Mansion Preservation Trust and Garden of One Thousand Buddhas. Get out of town with these interesting Missoula side-trips: Flathead Lake (in Polson), National Bison Range (in Moiese) and Seeley Lake Nordic Trails (in Seeley Lake). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Big Sky Brewing, take an in-depth tour of Fort Missoula Museum, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Missoula trip website.

You can drive from Whitefish to Missoula in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Missoula can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Butte.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Butte

— 4 nights
Butte is a city in, and the county seat of Silver Bow County, Montana, United States. Bannack State Park and World Museum of Mining are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Grant-Kohrs Ranch and Clark Chateau. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Butte: Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park (in Three Forks), Deer Lodge (Yesterday's Playthings, Old Montana Prison Complex, &more) and Philipsburg (Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine, Philipsburg Brewing Company, &more). There's more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Granite Mountain Memorial Overlook and see the interesting displays at MBMG Mineral Museum.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Butte using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Missoula to Butte takes 2 hours. Traveling from Missoula in August, expect Butte to be little chillier, temps between 80°F and 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Butte

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

West Yellowstone

— 4 nights
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ousel Falls Trail and Earthquake Lake. Escape the urban bustle at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Step out of West Yellowstone to go to Big Sky and see Lone Peak, which is approximately 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: trot along with a tour on horseback, take in the awesome beauty at Two Top, get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, and have some family-friendly fun at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our West Yellowstone planning tool.

Traveling by car from Butte to West Yellowstone takes 3 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Butte in August, with highs in West Yellowstone at 75°F and lows at 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Gardiner

— 2 nights
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): stop by Parks' Fly Shop, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then trot along with a tour on horseback. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Dailey Lake and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilderness Connection.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Gardiner trip tool.

Drive from West Yellowstone to Gardiner in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in August, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bozeman.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Side Trip

Bozeman

— 6 nights
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like American Computer & Robotics Museum and Missouri Headwaters State Park. Visit Virginia City National Historic Landmark and The Soldiers Chapel for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Bozeman side-trips: Willies Distillery (in Ennis), Nevada City Ghost Town (in Nevada City) and Norris Hot Springs (in Norris). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Gallatin River, take in the dramatic scenery at Palisade Falls, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Bozeman trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gardiner to Bozeman takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Gardiner in August, with highs in Bozeman at 84°F and lows at 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Billings.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Billings

— 6 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. Your inner history buff will appreciate Custer Battlefield Trading Company and Little Bighorn Battlefield. Custer Battlefield Museum and Yellowstone Art Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Billings: Pompeys Pillar National Monument (in Pompeys Pillar), Big Horn County Historical Museum (in Hardin) and Red Lodge (Wild Bill Lake & Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary). There's much more to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, see the interesting displays at Moss Mansion, stop by Scheels, and immerse yourself in nature at Pictograph Cave State Park.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Billings trip planner.

Drive from Bozeman to Billings in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Bozeman in September, Billings is a bit warmer at night with lows of 50°F. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Billings

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Montana travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Wildlife Areas
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.