8 days in Montana Itinerary

8 days in Montana Itinerary

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8 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Huntsville
Fly + shuttle:  9​h 30​min
1
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
West Glacier
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Huntsville

2
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
On the 6th (Sun), explore the activities along Earthquake Lake, then get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, and then cast your line with a fishing tour. On your second day here, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then get your game on at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos, and then identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our West Yellowstone online attractions planner .

Huntsville to West Yellowstone is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Huntsville to West Yellowstone is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Huntsville in September, things will get cooler in West Yellowstone: highs are around 64°F and lows about 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Helena.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Tours Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun ©
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun
Fishing Charters & Tours
Earthquake Lake ©
Earthquake Lake

1
night
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. On the 8th (Tue), get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Helena, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gates of the Mountains.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Helena tour planner.

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Helena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from West Yellowstone in September, expect Helena to be a bit warmer, temps between 73°F and 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to West Glacier.

Things to do in Helena

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Montana State Capitol ©
Montana State Capitol
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena

4
nights
West Glacier

West Glacier ©
West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and Iceberg Lake Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near West Glacier: Glacier National Park (Jackson Glacier Overlook, Going-to-the-Sun Road, & more). It doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and get engrossed in the history at Depot Park.

To see ratings and other tourist information, you can read our West Glacier trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Helena to West Glacier takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Helena in September since evenings lows in West Glacier dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in West Glacier

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Glacier National Park, Depot Park
Highlights from your plan
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail
Swiftcurrent Falls ©
Swiftcurrent Falls

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