8 days in Montana Itinerary

8 days in Montana Itinerary

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West Glacier
— 2 nights
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Helena
— 1 night
Drive
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Big Sky
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gardiner
— 1 night
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Billings
— 1 night
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West Glacier — 2 nights

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 Hidden Lake and Siyeh Pass. Visiting Going-to-the-Sun Road and Glacier Anglers will get you outdoors. Step out of West Glacier to go to Glacier National Park and see Logan Pass, which is approximately 56 minutes away. There's more to do: trek along Trail of the Cedars and play a few rounds at Glacier View Golf Club.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our West Glacier vacation maker site.

Tampa to West Glacier is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, subway, and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Tampa, expect little chillier days and colder nights in West Glacier, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car 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. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): see what you can catch with Montana Fishing Outfitters and then explore the striking landscape of Gates of the Mountains.

For reviews and more tourist information, read Helena route builder website.

You can drive from West Glacier to Helena in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from West Glacier in August, Helena is a bit warmer at night with lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Big Sky.
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Big Sky — 2 nights

Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. On the 4th (Wed), trot along with a tour on horseback, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then stroll through Ousel Falls Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: fly down the slopes at Big Sky Resort, trek along Beehive Basin Trail, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lone Peak.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Big Sky online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Helena to Big Sky in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Helena in August, things will get a bit cooler in Big Sky: highs are around 75°F and lows about 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Gardiner.
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Gardiner — 1 night

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone River, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Gardiner trip builder.

Getting from Big Sky to Gardiner by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus. In August, daytime highs in Gardiner are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Billings.
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Billings — 1 night

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. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Billings trip maker tool.

Drive from Gardiner to Billings in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Gardiner in August, you will find days in Billings are a bit warmer (85°F), and nights are much warmer (58°F). On the 7th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly 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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