8 days in Montana Itinerary

8 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana tour itinerary planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Helena
— 1 night
Drive
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Great Falls
— 1 night
Drive
3
Missoula
— 2 nights
Drive
4
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bozeman
— 1 night
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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 31st (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Montana Historical Society Museum and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Helena. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Helena, get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol, and then explore the striking landscape of Gates of the Mountains.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Helena road trip tool.

Tampa to Helena is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Tampa in July, Helena is colder at night with lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Helena

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Great Falls

— 1 night
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. On the 2nd (Mon), see the interesting displays at C.M. Russell Museum, stroll through River's Edge Trail, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Giant Springs State Park.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Great Falls trip builder website.

Drive from Helena to Great Falls in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Great Falls are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Missoula.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

Missoula

— 2 nights
Missoula is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. On the 3rd (Tue), stroll around Caras Park, then find something for the whole family at A Carousel for Missoula, and then look for all kinds of wild species at National Bison Range. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, then see the interesting displays at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Missoula trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Great Falls to Missoula by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Missoula are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

West Yellowstone

— 2 nights
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): explore the activities along Earthquake Lake, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Yellowstone, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lone Peak.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read West Yellowstone trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Missoula to West Yellowstone takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. In August, West Yellowstone is little chillier than Missoula - with highs of 75°F and lows of 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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. On the 7th (Sat), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Bozeman planner.

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Bozeman takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. In August, Bozeman is a bit warmer than West Yellowstone - with highs of 84°F and lows of 47°F. On the 7th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure
Highlights from your trip

Montana travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Wildlife Areas
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.