8 days in Montana Itinerary

8 days in Montana Itinerary

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8 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Sioux City
Drive:  12​h 30​min
1
West Yellowstone
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Great Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​h
End: Sioux City

1
night
West Yellowstone

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take a memorable tour with Tours, then get to know the fascinating history of Yellowstone Historic Center, and then identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Eagle's Store, trot along with a tour on horseback, and then contemplate the long history of Earthquake Lake.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our West Yellowstone trip tool .

Sioux City to West Yellowstone is an approximately 15-hour car ride. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Sioux City in September, plan for a bit cooler days in West Yellowstone, with highs around 64°F, while nights are colder with lows around 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Helena.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

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Horseback Riding Tours
Earthquake Lake ©
Earthquake Lake
Fishing Charters & Tours

1
night
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Gates of the Mountains, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Helena, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Helena.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Helena day trip planner.

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Helena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Traveling from West Yellowstone in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Helena: highs are around 73°F and lows about 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Helena

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Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena
Mount Helena ©
Mount Helena

1
night
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): explore the world behind art at C.M. Russell Museum, then admire the majestic nature at Giant Springs State Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at River's Edge Trail.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Great Falls online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Helena to Great Falls takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. September in Great Falls sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Great Falls

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors
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Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park
C.M. Russell Museum ©
C.M. Russell Museum

2
nights
Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©
The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): stroll through Iceberg Lake Trail, then trek along Highline Trail, and then hike along Grinnell Glacier. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Great Falls to Glacier National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car. In September, daily temperatures in Glacier National Park can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

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Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

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