8 days in Montana Itinerary

8 days in Montana Itinerary

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8 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Louisville
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Red Lodge
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Great Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
5
Whitefish
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Louisville

1
night
Red Lodge

Red Lodge ©
Red Lodge is a city in and the county seat of Carbon County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Fishtail General Store.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Red Lodge online trip itinerary planner .

Louisville to Red Lodge is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Louisville to Red Lodge is minus 2 hours. In April, Red Lodge is slightly colder than Louisville - with highs of 53°F and lows of 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Red Lodge

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Fishtail General Store
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Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary
Red Lodge Mountain ©
Red Lodge Mountain
Fishtail General Store ©
Fishtail General Store

2
nights
West Yellowstone

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
On the 15th (Mon), get your game on at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos, look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Earthquake Lake, then look for gifts at Eagle's Store, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our West Yellowstone trip builder site .

Getting from Red Lodge to West Yellowstone by car takes about 4 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Red Lodge in April: high temperatures in West Yellowstone hover around 44°F and lows are around 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Helena.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

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

1
night
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of St. Helena, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Helena, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gates of the Mountains.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Helena trip planner .

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Helena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from West Yellowstone in April; daily highs in Helena reach 57°F and lows reach 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Helena

Parks Nature Winter Sports
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Mount Helena ©
Mount Helena
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
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. Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): contemplate the long history of First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and then immerse yourself in nature at Giant Springs State Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Great Falls trip planner .

You can drive from Helena to Great Falls in 2 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. In April, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Whitefish.

Things to do in Great Falls

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
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Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park
First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park ©

2
nights
Whitefish

Whitefish ©
Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. On the 19th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Conrad Mansion, play a few rounds at Whitefish Lake Golf Club, and then enjoy the sand and surf at City Beach.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Whitefish sightseeing app .

Drive from Great Falls to Whitefish in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In April, daily temperatures in Whitefish can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Whitefish

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Conrad Mansion
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Whitefish Lake Golf Club ©
Whitefish Lake Golf Club
Conrad Mansion ©
Conrad Mansion
Great Northern Brewing Company ©
Great Northern Brewing Company

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