7 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana vacation maker
Make it your trip
— 1 day
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
Great Falls
— 1 night
West Yellowstone
— 1 night
— 1 night


Whitefish — 1 day

On the 8th (Sun), sample the tasty concoctions at Great Northern Brewing Company and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Glacier Distilling Company.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Whitefish trip maker app.

Durham to Whitefish is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Durham to Whitefish is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Durham in October, plan for slightly colder days in Whitefish, with highs around 56°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Glacier National Park.
Breweries & Distilleries
Side Trip

Glacier National Park — 3 nights

Crown of the Continent

Step out of the city life by going to Iceberg Lake Trail and Swiftcurrent Falls. Step off the beaten path and head to Running Eagle Falls and St.Mary Falls. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at St. Mary Lake, get great views at Jackson Glacier Overlook, admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls, and appreciate the views at Logan Pass.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Glacier National Park online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Whitefish to Glacier National Park in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in October, and nighttime lows around 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Great Falls.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Great Falls — 1 night

On the 12th (Thu), get to know the fascinating history of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, immerse yourself in nature at Giant Springs State Park, take an in-depth tour of Ursuline Centre, then contemplate the long history of First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, and finally hike along River's Edge Trail.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Great Falls trip planning tool.

Drive from Glacier National Park to Great Falls in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Great Falls can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to West Yellowstone.
Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature
Side Trip

West Yellowstone — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, trot along with a tour on horseback, then cast your line with a fishing tour, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the West Yellowstone road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Great Falls to West Yellowstone takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Great Falls in October, with highs in West Yellowstone at 50°F and lows at 25°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bozeman.
Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Bozeman — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bozeman Spirits Distillery.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Bozeman driving holiday planner.

Drive from West Yellowstone to Bozeman in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. While traveling from West Yellowstone, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Bozeman, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 30°F. On the 14th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

Montana travel guide

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.