8 days in Montana Itinerary

8 days in Montana Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Columbus
Fly + Drive:  8 h 30 min
1
Red Lodge
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Bozeman
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Helena
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
End: Columbus

1
night
Red Lodge

Red Lodge ©
Red Lodge is a city in and the county seat of Carbon County, Montana, United States. To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Red Lodge trip planner.

Columbus to Red Lodge is an approximately 8.5- hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Columbus in February since evenings lows in Red Lodge dip to 17°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Bozeman.

Things to do in Red Lodge

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Beartooth Hwy
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Red Lodge Mountain ©
Red Lodge Mountain

1
night
Bozeman

Bozeman ©
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of American Computer & Robotics Museum and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Bridger Bowl.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Bozeman itinerary planner.

You can drive from Red Lodge to Bozeman in 2.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Bozeman are 36°F, while nighttime lows are 13°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Bozeman

Nature Winter Sports Outdoors
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Bridger Bowl ©
Bridger Bowl
American Computer & Robotics Museum ©
American Computer & Robotics Museum

3
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Two Top and Yellowstone Big Gun Fun. You'll find plenty of places to visit near West Yellowstone: Big Sky (Ousel Falls Trail, Lone Peak, &more). There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, get your game on at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos, identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and contemplate the waterfront views at Earthquake Lake.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our West Yellowstone trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Bozeman to West Yellowstone in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Bozeman in February, expect West Yellowstone to be little chillier, temps between 27°F and 7°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Helena.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Big Sky
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Yellowstone Big Gun Fun ©
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Lone Peak ©
Lone Peak

2
nights
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. On the 2nd (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Helena, then get engrossed in the history at Montana Historical Society Museum, and then get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Helena road trip website.

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Helena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from West Yellowstone in March, expect Helena to be somewhat warmer, temps between 50°F and 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Helena

Wildlife Nature Museums
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Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena
Montana Historical Society Museum ©
Montana Historical Society Museum

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