8 days in Montana Itinerary

8 days in Montana Itinerary

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8 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Fly:  7​h
1
Helena
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Bozeman
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Kansas City

2
nights
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): ponder the world of politics at Montana State Capitol. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Helena, take an in-depth tour of Montana Historical Society Museum, then sample the tasty concoctions at Blackfoot River Brewing Co, and finally identify plant and animal life at Gates of the Mountains.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Helena travel itinerary planner .

Kansas City to Helena is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Kansas City to Helena, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, Helena is slightly colder than Kansas City - with highs of 67°F and lows of 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Helena

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Deer Lodge, World Museum of Mining
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Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
World Museum of Mining ©
World Museum of Mining

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 27th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Earthquake Lake, have some family-friendly fun at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos, then steep yourself in history at Yellowstone Historic Center, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. Keep things going the next day: get interesting insight from Tours and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our West Yellowstone itinerary tool .

You can drive from Helena to West Yellowstone in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Helena in May, with highs in West Yellowstone at 57°F and lows at 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Earthquake Lake ©
Earthquake Lake
Fishing Charters & Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Bozeman

Bozeman ©
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Get in touch with nature at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park and Palisade Falls. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ousel Falls Trail and Bozeman Public Library. When in Bozeman, make a side trip to see Lone Peak in Big Sky, approximately 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at American Computer Museum.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Bozeman road trip planning tool .

Drive from West Yellowstone to Bozeman in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from West Yellowstone in May; daily highs in Bozeman reach 65°F and lows reach 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Big Sky, Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park
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Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park ©
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park
American Computer & Robotics Museum ©
Palisade Falls ©
Palisade Falls

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