60 days in Montana Itinerary

60 days in Montana Itinerary

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60 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Lima
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Missoula
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Philipsburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Whitefish
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Glacier National Park
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Great Falls
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Helena
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Bozeman
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Dillon
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
West Yellowstone
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Cooke City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
11
Red Lodge
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
12
Billings
— 5 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Lima

6
nights
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at National Bison Range and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Do some cultural sightseeing at St. Ignatius Mission and Garden of One Thousand Buddhas. Get out of town with these interesting Missoula side-trips: US-12 (in Lolo) and Daly Mansion (in Hamilton). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at A Carousel for Missoula, get a new perspective on nature at Montana Natural History Center, do a tasting at Ten Spoon Vineyard and Winery, and admire the masterpieces at Missoula Art Museum.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Missoula online road trip planner .

Lima, Peru to Missoula is an approximately 20-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Lima to Missoula. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Lima in December; daily highs in Missoula reach -1°C and lows reach -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Philipsburg.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Lolo, Daly Mansion, National Bison Range, Garden of One Thousand Buddhas, St. Ignatius Mission
Highlights from your plan
National Bison Range ©
National Bison Range
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation ©
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Daly Mansion ©
Daly Mansion

2
nights
Philipsburg

Philipsburg ©
Philipsburg is a town in and the county seat of Granite County, Montana, United States. On the 10th (Mon), look for gifts at Sapphire Gallery, sample the tasty concoctions at Philipsburg Brewing Company, stop by Philipsburg Treasures and Gift, stop by The Sweet Palace, then take an in-depth tour of Granite County Museum, and finally stop by Montana Gems of Philipsburg. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): hit the slopes at Discovery Ski Area, then see the interesting displays at Old Montana Prison Complex, and then steep yourself in history at Grant-Kohrs Ranch.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, use the Philipsburg trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Missoula to Philipsburg in 1.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Philipsburg when traveling from Missoula in December, with lows around -16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Whitefish.

Things to do in Philipsburg

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Deer Lodge, Discovery Ski Area
Highlights from your plan
Montana Gems of Philipsburg ©
Montana Gems of Philipsburg
Grant-Kohrs Ranch ©
Grant-Kohrs Ranch
Old Montana Prison Complex ©
Old Montana Prison Complex

6
nights
Whitefish

Whitefish ©
Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Take a break from the city and head to City Beach and Blacktail Mountain Ski Area. Conrad Mansion and Sunti World Art Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Whitefish: Mission Mountain Winery (in Dayton), Flathead Lake (in Polson) and Bigfork (Eva Gates Homemade Preserves & Eric Thorsen Art Studio). There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Willow's HuckleberryLand, tee off at Whitefish Lake Golf Club, admire the majestic nature at Lone Pine State Park, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Great Northern Brewing Company.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Whitefish vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Philipsburg to Whitefish takes 4 hours. Traveling from Philipsburg in December, Whitefish is a bit warmer at night with lows of -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Whitefish

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kalispell, Bigfork, Flathead Lake, Blacktail Mountain Ski Area, Mission Mountain Winery
Highlights from your plan
City Beach ©
City Beach
Whitefish Mountain Resort ©
Whitefish Mountain Resort
Conrad Mansion ©
Conrad Mansion

7
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and The Polebridge Mercantile. Appreciate the collections at Lodgepole Gallery and Tipi Village and Museum of the Plains Indian. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Glacier National Park: Glacier Gateway Outfitters (in East Glacier Park) and Home Ranch Bottoms (in Polebridge). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier, take in the dramatic scenery at Running Eagle Falls, explore the activities along Two Medicine Lake, and trek along Trail of the Cedars.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Glacier National Park trip itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Whitefish to Glacier National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to -1°C, and evening lows to -10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Great Falls.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Polebridge, Browning, Glacier Gateway Outfitters
Highlights from your plan
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail

5
nights
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and Giant Springs State Park. Get outdoors at Teton Pass Ski Area and First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park. Explore Great Falls' surroundings by going to Showdown Ski Area (in Neihart), Fort Benton (Fort Benton Bridge & Fort Benton Museums & Heritage Complex) and Bynum (Trex Agate Shop & Two Medicine Dinosaur Center). It doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at C.M. Russell Museum and hike along River's Edge Trail.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Great Falls travel planning tool .

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Great Falls takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, train, and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Fort Benton, Bynum, Teton Pass Ski Area, First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, Showdown Ski Area
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. Museum-lovers will get to explore Blackfoot Pathways:Sculpture in the Wild and Archie Bray Foundation. Get outdoors at Gates of the Mountains and Mount Helena. When in Helena, make a side trip to see Castle and Carriage House in White Sulphur Springs, approximately 1h 45 min away. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of St. Helena, contemplate the long history of Original Governor's Mansion, stop by The Parrot Confectionery, and admire the masterpieces at Holter Museum of Art.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Helena online travel planner .

Getting from Great Falls to Helena by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in Helena can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in Helena

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Blackfoot Pathways:Sculpture in the Wild, Castle and Carriage House
Highlights from your plan
Mount Helena ©
Mount Helena
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena

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 hidden gems such as Bridger Bowl and Bair Family Museum. Appreciate the collections at American Computer Museum and Gallatin History Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Chico Hot Springs (in Pray), Three Forks (Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park & Missouri Headwaters State Park) and Crazy Mountain Museum (in Big Timber). Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at Montana Grizzly Encounter, sample the tasty concoctions at Madison River Brewing, take in the dramatic scenery at Palisade Falls, and hit the slopes at Crosscut Mountain Sport Center.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Bozeman trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Helena to Bozeman takes 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Bozeman can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Dillon.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Three Forks, Livingston, Madison River Brewing, Crazy Mountain Museum, Chico Hot Springs
Highlights from your plan
American Computer & Robotics Museum ©
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park ©
Missouri Headwaters State Park ©
Missouri Headwaters State Park

3
nights
Dillon

Dillon ©
Dillon is a city in and the county seat of Beaverhead County, Montana, United States. Museum-lovers will get to explore Dillon Visitor Center and Beaverhead County Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Bannack State Park and Nevada City Ghost Town. Explore Dillon's surroundings by going to Nevada City (in Nevada City) and J.Spencer Watkins Memorial Museum (in Virginia City). There's more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Clark's Lookout State Park and contemplate the waterfront views at Beaverhead River.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Dillon trip planner.

Drive from Bozeman to Dillon in 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Dillon can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Dillon

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

J.Spencer Watkins Memorial Museum, Nevada City Ghost Town
Highlights from your plan
Bannack State Park ©
Bannack State Park
Clark's Lookout State Park ©
Clark's Lookout State Park
Beaverhead County Museum ©
Beaverhead County Museum

5
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Get a sense of the local culture at Earthquake Lake and Yellowstone Historic Center. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Ousel Falls Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around West Yellowstone: Big Sky (Lone Peak & Fishing Charters & Tours). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, get your game on at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos, and stop by Eagle's Store.

Make your West Yellowstone itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Dillon to West Yellowstone takes 3 hours. Traveling from Dillon in January, expect West Yellowstone to be a bit cooler, temps between -7°C and -22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Cooke City.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Big Sky
Highlights from your plan
Earthquake Lake ©
Earthquake Lake
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
nights
Cooke City

Cooke City ©
Cooke City-Silver Gate is a census-designated place (CDP) in Park County, Montana, United States. On the 20th (Sun), stop by Cooke City General Store, then take an in-depth tour of Cooke City Montana Museum, then explore and take pictures at Beartooth Highway, and finally take a memorable drive along Chief Joseph Hwy. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore and take pictures at Bear Tooth Pass Hwy, cruise along Beartooth Hwy, and then get a new perspective on nature at Yellowstone Trading Post.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cooke City trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Cooke City in 2.5 hours. January in Cooke City sees daily highs of -5°C and lows of -20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Red Lodge.

Things to do in Cooke City

Scenic Drive Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Red Lodge

Red Lodge ©
Red Lodge is a city in and the county seat of Carbon County, Montana, United States. Take a break from the city and head to Red Lodge Mountain and Basin Creek Lakes Trail. Discover out-of-the-way places like Montana Candy Emporium and Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary. There's much more to do: view the masterpieces at Carbon County Art Guild & Depot Gallery, explore the activities along Wild Bill Lake, and trek along Lake Fork Trail.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Red Lodge fast, fun, and easy.

Getting from Cooke City to Red Lodge by car takes about 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Cooke City in January, with highs in Red Lodge at 3°C and lows at -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Billings.

Things to do in Red Lodge

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Red Lodge Mountain ©
Red Lodge Mountain
Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary
Carbon County Art Guild & Depot Gallery ©

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. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Custer Battlefield Museum and Little Bighorn Battlefield. Get outdoors at Pictograph Cave State Park and ZooMontana. Change things up with these side-trips from Billings: Pompeys Pillar National Monument (in Pompeys Pillar), Custer Battlefield Trading Post & Cafe (in Crow Agency) and Big Horn County Historical Museum (in Hardin). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Moss Mansion, have fun at Black Butte Range, take in the exciting artwork at Toucan Gallery, and explore the world behind art at Yellowstone Art Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Billings road trip planning app .

You can drive from Red Lodge to Billings in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 2°C in January, and nighttime lows around -8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Billings

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Crow Agency, Custer Battlefield Museum, Big Horn County Historical Museum, Pompeys Pillar National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Pictograph Cave State Park ©
Pictograph Cave State Park
Custer Battlefield Museum ©
Custer Battlefield Museum
Custer Battlefield Trading Company ©

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