8 days in Montana Itinerary

8 days in Montana Itinerary

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8 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Missoula
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Bozeman
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Billings
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Minneapolis

1
night
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Montana Historical Society Museum, then ponder the world of politics at Montana State Capitol, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Blackfoot River Brewing Co. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Gates of the Mountains, grab your bike and head to Mount Helena, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Helena.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Helena road trip planning app .

Minneapolis to Helena is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Minneapolis to Helena is minus 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Minneapolis in August since evenings lows in Helena dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Helena

Nature Parks Trails
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Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Mount Helena ©
Mount Helena
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena

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night
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. On the 18th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, then get in on the family fun at A Carousel for Missoula, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Silver Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Missoula trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Helena to Missoula takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Missoula can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Missoula

Theme Parks Parks Wildlife
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Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation ©
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Silver Park ©
Silver Park
A Carousel for Missoula ©
A Carousel for Missoula

2
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
On the 19th (Mon), get your game on at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos, find something for the whole family at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, and then explore the activities along Earthquake Lake. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, then get to know the fascinating history of Yellowstone Historic Center, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the West Yellowstone trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Missoula to West Yellowstone in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Missoula in August; daily highs in West Yellowstone reach 75°F and lows reach 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Wildlife Theme Parks Parks
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Earthquake Lake ©
Earthquake Lake
Fishing Charters & Tours
Yellowstone Historic Center ©
Yellowstone Historic Center

2
nights
Bozeman

Bozeman ©
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): admire the sheer force of Palisade Falls, then get engrossed in the history at American Computer Museum, and then meet the residents at Montana Grizzly Encounter. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Bozeman trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Bozeman in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from West Yellowstone in August: high temperatures in Bozeman hover around 84°F and lows are around 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Billings.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Palisade Falls ©
Palisade Falls
Fishing Charters & Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Billings

Billings ©
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 23rd (Fri): explore the striking landscape at The Rimrocks, then see the interesting displays at Moss Mansion, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and finally pause for some photo ops at Pompeys Pillar National Monument.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Billings trip planner .

Drive from Bozeman to Billings in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Bozeman in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Billings, with lows around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Billings

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Pompeys Pillar National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Pompeys Pillar National Monument ©
Pompeys Pillar National Monument
Horseback Riding Tours
Moss Mansion ©
Moss Mansion

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