8 days in Montana Itinerary

8 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana sightseeing planner

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Fly to Bozeman, Shuttle to Big Sky, MT
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Big Sky
— 1 night
Drive
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Helena
— 1 night
Drive
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Philipsburg
— 1 night
Drive
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Missoula
— 2 nights
Drive
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Whitefish
— 2 nights
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Big Sky

— 1 night
Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. On the 3rd (Sun), take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then cast your line with a fishing tour, then stroll the grounds of The Soldiers Chapel, and finally hike along Ousel Falls Trail.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Big Sky trip planner.

Evansville to Big Sky is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Evansville to Big Sky, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Evansville in October: high temperatures in Big Sky hover around 50°F and lows are around 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Big Sky

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Helena

— 1 night
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County. Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): ponder the world of politics at Montana State Capitol, then sample the tasty concoctions at Lewis & Clark Brewing Company, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Helena.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Helena trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Big Sky to Helena in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Big Sky in October; daily highs in Helena reach 60°F and lows reach 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Philipsburg.

Things to do in Helena

Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites

Philipsburg

— 1 night
Philipsburg is a town in and the county seat of Granite County, Montana, United States. On the 5th (Tue), see a world frozen in time at Granite Ghost Town State Park, go deep underground at Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine, then stop by The Sweet Palace, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Philipsburg Brewing Company.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Philipsburg trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Helena to Philipsburg by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Philipsburg when traveling from Helena in October, with lows around 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Philipsburg

Historic Sites · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries

Missoula

— 2 nights
Missoula is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): walk around Caras Park, then find something for the whole family at A Carousel for Missoula, and then identify plant and animal life at National Bison Range. On the next day, gain insight at University of Montana, then sample the tasty concoctions at Big Sky Brewing, then identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and finally stop by Grizzly Hackle Fly Shop.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Missoula trip planner.

You can drive from Philipsburg to Missoula in 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Missoula are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Whitefish.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks · Wildlife · Theme Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Whitefish

— 2 nights
Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. On the 8th (Fri), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, enjoy the sand and surf at City Beach, then make a trip to Whitefish Depot, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Great Northern Brewing Company.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Whitefish travel route planning tool.

Traveling by car from Missoula to Whitefish takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Whitefish, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 31°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Whitefish

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Montana travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Wildlife Areas
The Crown of the Continent
With a population of only one million, Montana remains an untouched natural paradise of snowcapped peaks, expansive forests, and alpine lakes, dotted with Old West ghost towns, Indian reservations, and progressive urban communities. Appreciate the state's unique charm and beauty with a trip to Glacier National Park, where you can come face-to-face with Montana wildlife among its high peaks. Head to the state's largest cities, Billings and Missoula, for an array of historical attractions and cultural sightseeing.