8 days in Montana Itinerary

8 days in Montana Itinerary

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8 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Bozeman
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Billings
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Helena
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Big Sky
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + bus:  10​h 15​min
End: New York City

1
night
Bozeman

Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. On the 16th (Sun), meet the residents at Montana Grizzly Encounter.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bozeman online tour builder .

New York City to Bozeman is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in June, Bozeman is cooler at night with lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Billings.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Fishing Charters & Tours
River Rafting & Tubing
Montana Grizzly Encounter ©
Montana Grizzly Encounter

1
night
Billings

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. On the 18th (Tue), take in the dramatic natural features at The Rimrocks, examine the collection at Moss Mansion, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and finally admire all the interesting features of Pompeys Pillar National Monument.

Discover how to plan a Billings trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Bozeman to Billings in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Bozeman in June, Billings is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Helena.

Things to do in Billings

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Pompeys Pillar National Monument
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Pompeys Pillar National Monument ©
Pompeys Pillar National Monument
Moss Mansion ©
Moss Mansion
Horseback Riding Tours

3
nights
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mount Helena and World Museum of Mining. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Grant-Kohrs Ranch and Cathedral of St. Helena. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helena: Butte (Copper King Mansion & Headframe Spirits) and Deer Lodge (Old Montana Prison Complex & Powell County Museum & Arts Foundation). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Montana Historical Society Museum, identify plant and animal life at Gates of the Mountains, and ponder the world of politics at Montana State Capitol.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Helena day trip site .

You can fly from Billings to Helena in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In June, daytime highs in Helena are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Big Sky.

Things to do in Helena

Nature Museums Parks

Side Trips

Butte, Deer Lodge
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Montana Historical Society Museum ©
Montana Historical Society Museum
Mount Helena ©
Mount Helena
World Museum of Mining ©
World Museum of Mining

2
nights
Big Sky

Big Sky ©
Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Lone Peak, head outdoors with Grizzly Outfitters Ski & Backcountry Sports, and then trek along Ousel Falls Trail.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Big Sky trip planner .

You can drive from Helena to Big Sky in 3 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Helena in June; daily highs in Big Sky reach 69°F and lows reach 35°F. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Big Sky

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Lone Peak ©
Lone Peak
The Soldiers Chapel ©
The Soldiers Chapel

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