8 days in Montana Itinerary

8 days in Montana Itinerary

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Fly
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Billings
— 1 day
Drive
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Pryor
— 1 night
Drive
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West Yellowstone
— 1 night
Drive
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Gardiner
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bozeman
— 1 night
Drive
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Helena
— 1 night
Drive
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Glacier National Park
— 1 night
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Billings

Billings is the largest city in the state of Montana, and is the principal city of the Billings Metropolitan Area with a population of 166,855.Billings is located in the south-eastern portion of the state and is the seat of Yellowstone County, which had a 2015 population of 157,048. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Yellowstone Art Museum, test your team's savvy at The Grand Escape Room, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Billings road trip website.

Los Angeles to Billings is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles to Billings, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, Billings is slightly colder than Los Angeles - with highs of 75°F and lows of 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Pryor.

Things to do in Billings

Museums · Fun & Games · Outdoors · Tours

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Pryor

Pryor is a census-designated place (CDP) in Big Horn County, Montana, United States. On the 6th (Sun), wander the wide-open spaces of Double Spear Ranch and then admire the majestic nature at Chief Plenty Coups State Park.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Pryor day trip planner.

Drive from Billings to Pryor in an hour. September in Pryor sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 50°F at night. On the 6th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Pryor

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

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West Yellowstone

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
On the 7th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, then explore the activities along Madison River, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Terrace Spring, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Firehole Canyon Drive.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the West Yellowstone trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Pryor to West Yellowstone in 4.5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Pryor in September, with highs in West Yellowstone at 64°F and lows at 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

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Gardiner

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): take a pleasant ride with Yellowstone Wilderness Outfitters, take in the natural beauty of Mammoth Hot Springs, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Boiling River. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Petrified Tree, hike along Lone Star Geyser, get great views at Calcite Springs Overlook, witness a stunning natural landmark at Midway Geyser Basin, then admire the sheer force of Undine Falls, and finally cruise along Firehole Lake Drive.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Gardiner driving holiday site.

Drive from West Yellowstone to Gardiner in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Bozeman.

Things to do in Gardiner

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trip

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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 10th (Thu): look and learn at Museum of the Rockies, then take an exotic tour of Yellowstone Safari Company, and then browse for treasures at The Last Wind-Up.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Bozeman visit website.

Traveling by car from Gardiner to Bozeman takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Gardiner in September: high temperatures in Bozeman hover around 72°F and lows are around 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Helena.

Things to do in Bozeman

Childrens Museums · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

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Helena

Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Gates of the Mountains, then take an in-depth tour of Montana Historical Society Museum, and then admire the striking features of Cathedral of St. Helena.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Helena planner.

Traveling by car from Bozeman to Helena takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Helena sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 46°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Helena

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

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Glacier National Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls, get great views at Jackson Glacier Overlook, then cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road, and finally appreciate the views at Logan Pass.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Glacier National Park day trip planning site.

Getting from Helena to Glacier National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or fly. Traveling from Helena in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Glacier National Park, with lows of 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

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.