7 days in Montana Itinerary

7 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana attractions planner

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Make it your trip
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Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Great Falls
— 1 night
Drive
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Helena
— 1 night
Drive
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West Yellowstone
— 1 night
Drive
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Bozeman
— 1 night
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Glacier National Park

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road, stroll through Highline Trail, explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Swiftcurrent Falls, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at McDonald Creek. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Iceberg Lake Trail, appreciate the views at Logan Pass, contemplate the waterfront views at St. Mary Lake, then admire the sheer force of St.Mary Falls, and finally admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Glacier National Park sightseeing planner.

Durham to Glacier National Park is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Durham to Glacier National Park. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Durham in September: highs in Glacier National Park hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Great Falls

— 1 night
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, then tour the pleasant surroundings at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, then examine the collection at C.M. Russell Museum, and finally admire the majestic nature at Giant Springs State Park.

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Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Great Falls takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Helena.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Helena

— 1 night
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Helena, get engrossed in the history at Montana Historical Society Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at Ten Mile Creek Brewery, then stroll through Gates of the Mountains, and finally experience the excitement of Great Northern Carousel.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Helena road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Helena takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in October, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Helena

Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games · Wildlife

West Yellowstone

— 1 night
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then cast your line with a fishing tour, and finally stroll through Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.

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Drive from Helena to West Yellowstone in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Helena in October, expect West Yellowstone to be slightly colder, temps between 50°F and 25°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Bozeman

— 1 night
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. On the 4th (Sun), see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Bozeman attractions planner.

Drive from West Yellowstone to Bozeman in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. When traveling from West Yellowstone in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Bozeman: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 30°F at night. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
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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.