8 days in Montana Itinerary

8 days in Montana Itinerary

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8 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly + shuttle:  11​h
1
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Philipsburg
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Great Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Charlotte

2
nights
West Yellowstone

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Ousel Falls Trail, then stroll the grounds of The Soldiers Chapel, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Earthquake Lake.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the West Yellowstone day trip tool .

Charlotte to West Yellowstone is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Charlotte to West Yellowstone due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Charlotte in October, things will get cooler in West Yellowstone: highs are around 50°F and lows about 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Philipsburg.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Big Sky
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Earthquake Lake ©
Earthquake Lake
Yellowstone Historic Center ©
Yellowstone Historic Center

1
night
Philipsburg

Philipsburg ©
Philipsburg is a town in and the county seat of Granite County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): mingle with the ghosts of the past at Granite Ghost Town State Park, then admire all the interesting features of Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Philipsburg Brewing Company, and finally stop by The Sweet Palace.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Philipsburg trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Philipsburg takes 4 hours. Traveling from West Yellowstone in October, expect nights in Philipsburg to be about the same, around 28°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Philipsburg

Breweries & Distilleries Historic Sites Shopping
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Philipsburg Brewing Company ©
Philipsburg Brewing Company
The Sweet Palace ©
The Sweet Palace
Granite Ghost Town State Park ©
Granite Ghost Town State Park

1
night
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. On the 29th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Helena, then identify plant and animal life at Gates of the Mountains, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Helena.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Helena trip planning site .

You can drive from Philipsburg to Helena in 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Philipsburg in October since evenings lows in Helena dip to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Helena

Parks Nature 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

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 30th (Wed): contemplate the long history of First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, then enjoy some music at Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and then identify plant and animal life at Giant Springs State Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Great Falls day trip website .

Traveling by car from Helena to Great Falls takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in October, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Great Falls

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
Highlights from your plan
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park
First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park ©

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.
On the 31st (Thu), hike along Iceberg Lake Trail, hike along Highline Trail, and then admire the sheer force of St.Mary Falls.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Glacier National Park online day trip planner .

You can drive from Great Falls to Glacier National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 31°F. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail
Highline Trail ©
Highline Trail
St.Mary Falls ©
St.Mary Falls

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