8 days in Montana Itinerary

8 days in Montana Itinerary

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8 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Billings
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
West Glacier
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: San Diego

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 7th (Sat): look for gifts at Scheels.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Billings online journey planner .

San Diego to Billings is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from San Diego in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 50°F in Billings. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Billings

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Custer Battlefield Museum, Custer Battlefield Trading Company, Pompeys Pillar National Monument
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Custer Battlefield Trading Company ©
Custer Battlefield Museum ©
Custer Battlefield Museum
Pompeys Pillar National Monument ©
Pompeys Pillar National Monument

2
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): explore the activities along Earthquake Lake, get your game on at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos, then look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Yellowstone Historic Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the West Yellowstone trip itinerary tool .

Drive from Billings to West Yellowstone in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Billings in September, expect West Yellowstone to be little chillier, temps between 64°F and 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Helena.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Earthquake Lake ©
Earthquake Lake
Fishing Charters & Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol, explore the striking landscape of Gates of the Mountains, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Helena, and finally admire the striking features of Cathedral of St. Helena.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Helena online sightseeing planner .

Getting from West Yellowstone to Helena by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from West Yellowstone in September, with highs in Helena at 73°F and lows at 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to West Glacier.

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

3
nights
West Glacier

West Glacier ©
West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Iceberg Lake Trail and Swiftcurrent Falls. Get outdoors at Trail of the Cedars and River Rafting & Tubing. Get out of town with these interesting West Glacier side-trips: Glacier National Park (Jackson Glacier Overlook, Going-to-the-Sun Road, & more).

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the West Glacier trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Helena to West Glacier in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Helena in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in West Glacier, with lows of 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in West Glacier

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Glacier National Park
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Swiftcurrent Falls ©
Swiftcurrent Falls
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail
Trail of the Cedars ©
Trail of the Cedars

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