7 days in Montana Itinerary

7 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana trip planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Whitefish
— 1 day
Drive
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Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Great Falls
— 1 night
Drive
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West Yellowstone
— 1 night
Drive
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Bozeman
— 1 night
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Whitefish

— 1 day
Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. On the 19th (Sat), sample the tasty concoctions at Great Northern Brewing Company and then sample the fine beverages at Glacier Distilling Company.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Whitefish trip maker.

Durham to Whitefish is an approximately 9.5-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. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Durham in September: highs in Whitefish hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Whitefish

Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Glacier National Park

— 3 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Going-to-the-Sun Road and Two Medicine Lake. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Iceberg Lake Trail and Swiftcurrent Falls. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Fishercap Lake, take in the dramatic scenery at Running Eagle Falls, take some stellar pictures from Jackson Glacier Overlook, and appreciate the views at Logan Pass.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park online trip builder.

Drive from Whitefish to Glacier National Park in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Glacier National Park are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car 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. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): listen to music at Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, immerse yourself in nature at Giant Springs State Park, get engrossed in the history at Ursuline Centre, then steep yourself in history at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, and finally hike along River's Edge Trail.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Great Falls travel route planner.

Getting from Glacier National Park to Great Falls by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

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 24th (Thu): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take a pleasant ride 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.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our West Yellowstone online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Great Falls to West Yellowstone takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. In September, West Yellowstone is a bit cooler than Great Falls - with highs of 64°F and lows of 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Tours · Outdoors · 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. Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): cast your line with a fishing tour and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bozeman Spirits Distillery.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Bozeman trip tool.

Drive from West Yellowstone to Bozeman in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. In September, Bozeman is a bit warmer than West Yellowstone - with highs of 72°F and lows of 41°F. On the 25th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bozeman

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Breweries & Distilleries

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.