8 days in Montana Itinerary

8 days in Montana Itinerary

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8 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly + Drive:  10​h 15​min
1
Big Sky
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Missoula
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  9​h
End: Detroit

1
night
Big Sky

Big Sky ©
Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. On the 7th (Fri), trek along Lava Lake Trail, pause for some serene contemplation at The Soldiers Chapel, then make a trip to Big Sky Chapel, and finally tee off at Big Sky Golf Course.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Big Sky road trip planning website .

Detroit to Big Sky is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Detroit to Big Sky is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Detroit, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Big Sky, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Helena.

Things to do in Big Sky

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Lava Lake Trail
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Big Sky Golf Course ©
Big Sky Golf Course
The Soldiers Chapel ©
The Soldiers Chapel
Big Sky Chapel ©
Big Sky Chapel

1
night
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Helena National Forest, sample the tasty concoctions at Lewis & Clark Brewing Company, and then contemplate the long history of Original Governor's Mansion.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Helena trip planner .

You can drive from Big Sky to Helena in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Big Sky in August, expect Helena to be a bit warmer, temps between 86°F and 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Helena

Parks Nature Breweries & Distilleries
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Lewis & Clark Brewing Company ©
Lewis & Clark Brewing Company
Original Governor's Mansion ©
Original Governor's Mansion

1
night
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Jumbo North Peak Trail, let the kids burn off some steam at McCormick Park, get some jogging in at Blue Mountain Trailhead (hike & bike), then stroll through Travelers' Rest State Park, and finally trek along Pattee Canyon. Keep things going the next day: trek along Kootenai Creek Trail, stroll through St. Mary's Peak, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Sentinel.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Missoula trip planner .

You can drive from Helena to Missoula in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a 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 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Stevensville, Travelers' Rest State Park, Mount Sentinel
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Blue Mountain Trailhead (hike & bike) ©
St. Mary's Peak ©
St. Mary's Peak
Mount Sentinel ©
Mount Sentinel

3
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Virginia Falls, Logan Pass, Iceberg Lake, and other attractions. On the 11th (Tue), appreciate the views at Logan Pass, take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls, trek along Trail of the Cedars, then explore the activities along St. Mary Lake, then explore the activities along Two Medicine Lake, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Iceberg Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Silver Staircase Falls, hike along Goat Lick Overlook, contemplate the waterfront views at Middle Fork of the Flathead, then take in the dramatic natural features at Jackson Glacier Overlook, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at McDonald Creek.

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You can drive from Missoula to Glacier National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Virginia Falls ©
Virginia Falls
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail
Trail of the Cedars ©
Trail of the Cedars

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