8 days in Montana Itinerary

8 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana trip itinerary planner
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Make it your trip
Fly
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West Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive
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Helena
— 1 night
Drive
3
Big Sky
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive
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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 Trail of the Cedars and Iceberg Lake. Visiting Going-to-the-Sun Road and Iceberg Lake Trail will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting West Glacier side-trips: Glacier National Park (Swiftcurrent Falls & St.Mary Falls). There's more to do: take a tour by water with Glacier Anglers.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the West Glacier travel planner.

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. Traveling from Tampa in July, expect nights in West Glacier to be cooler, around 49°F, while days are little chillier, around 85°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) 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. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): cast your line with Montana Fishing Outfitters and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gates of the Mountains.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Helena visit planner.

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 somewhat warmer at night with lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to 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), take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then trek along Ousel Falls Trail. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Big Sky Resort, tour the pleasant surroundings at Beehive Basin Trail, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Lone Peak.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Big Sky trip planner.

Traveling by car from Helena to Big Sky takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Helena in August, things will get little chillier in Big Sky: highs are around 75°F and lows about 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car 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 let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Gardiner vacation planning app.

You can drive from Big Sky to Gardiner in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle and bus. In August in Gardiner, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 37°F at night. 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): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Billings trip planning tool.

You can drive from Gardiner to Billings in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Gardiner in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Billings: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to 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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