7 days in Helena, Great Falls & Glacier National Park Itinerary

7 days in Helena, Great Falls & Glacier National Park Itinerary

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7 days in Helena, Great Falls & Glacier National Park Itinerary

Start: Springfield
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Great Falls
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  9​h
End: Springfield

1
night
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): shop like a local with Archie Bray Foundation, tour the pleasant surroundings at MacDonald Pass, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Helena, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gates of the Mountains. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Helena National Forest.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Helena online trip planner .

Springfield to Helena is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Springfield to Helena due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Springfield in October, things will get a bit cooler in Helena: highs are around 60°F and lows about 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Helena

Parks Nature Trails
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Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Archie Bray Foundation ©
Archie Bray Foundation
MacDonald Pass ©
MacDonald Pass

2
nights
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): admire all the interesting features of First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, then brush up on your military savvy at Malmstrom Museum and Air Park, and then get to know the fascinating history of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge, then take an in-depth tour of Ursuline Centre, then get engrossed in the history at The History Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Ann Cathedral.

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Getting from Helena to Great Falls by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. October in Great Falls sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 35°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Great Falls

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
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First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park ©
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
Malmstrom Museum and Air Park ©
Malmstrom Museum and Air Park

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): stroll around Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, get to know the fascinating history of Garden Wall, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier.

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You can drive from Great Falls to Glacier National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daytime highs in Glacier National Park are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

The Polebridge Mercantile
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Garden Wall ©
Garden Wall
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

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