8 days in Montana Itinerary

8 days in Montana Itinerary

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Bozeman
— 1 night
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West Yellowstone
— 1 night
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Helena
— 1 night
Drive
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Missoula
— 2 nights
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Whitefish
— 2 nights
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Bozeman — 1 night

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 6th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lone Peak, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then trot along with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then see the interesting displays at American Computer & Robotics Museum, then get to know the resident critters at Montana Grizzly Encounter, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Missouri Headwaters State Park.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Bozeman route tool.

New York City to Bozeman is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Bozeman due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in August, Bozeman is much colder at night with lows of 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to West Yellowstone.
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West Yellowstone — 1 night

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then trot along with a tour on horseback, then cast your line with a fishing tour, and finally examine the collection at Museum of the Yellowstone.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our West Yellowstone route planner.

Drive from Bozeman to West Yellowstone in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Bozeman in August: high temperatures in West Yellowstone hover around 75°F and lows are around 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Helena.
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Helena — 1 night

Helena is the capital city of the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County. On the 9th (Mon), trek along Mount Helena, then get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol, then take an in-depth tour of Montana Historical Society Museum, and finally admire the striking features of Cathedral of St. Helena.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Helena trip planner.

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Helena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from West Yellowstone in August, with highs in Helena at 86°F and lows at 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Missoula.
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Missoula — 2 nights

Missoula is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Garden of One Thousand Buddhas, admire the architecture and history at St. Ignatius Mission, then look for all kinds of wild species at Bison Range, and finally walk around Jacob Island Dog Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, cast your line with a fishing tour, then get a new perspective on nature at Fort Missoula Museum, and finally get in on the family fun at A Carousel for Missoula.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Missoula vacation tool.

Traveling by car from Helena to Missoula takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Whitefish.
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Whitefish — 2 nights

Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): get a new perspective on things with Glacier Anglers, hike along Trail of the Cedars, then sample the fine beverages at Glacier Distilling Company, and finally play a few rounds at Whitefish Lake Golf Club.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Whitefish journey site.

Getting from Missoula to Whitefish by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Whitefish can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.
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Montana travel guide

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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.
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