8 days in Montana Itinerary

8 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana journey planner

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Make it your trip
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Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Missoula
— 1 night
Drive
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Helena
— 1 night
Drive
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West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bozeman
— 1 night
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Glacier National Park

— 2 nights

Crown of the Continent

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Highline Trail and Iceberg Lake Trail. Step out of Glacier National Park to go to Polebridge and see The Polebridge Mercantile, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at St.Mary Falls and take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park journey planner.

New York City to Glacier National Park is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from New York City to Glacier National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from New York City in September: highs in Glacier National Park hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Missoula

— 1 night
Missoula is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. On the 13th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, find something for the whole family at A Carousel for Missoula, and then hunt for treasures at Downtown ToNite.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Missoula trip planner.

You can drive from Glacier National Park to Missoula in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in September, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Missoula

Wildlife · Parks · Theme Parks · Shopping

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 14th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Helena, then stroll through Gates of the Mountains, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Ten Mile Creek Brewery.

Make your Helena itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Missoula to Helena in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Helena are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Helena

Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

West Yellowstone

— 2 nights
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Yellowstone, then stroll through Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): explore the activities along Earthquake Lake and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the West Yellowstone planning website.

You can drive from Helena to West Yellowstone in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, West Yellowstone is slightly colder than Helena - with highs of 64°F and lows of 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Bozeman

— 1 night
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. On the 17th (Fri), browse for treasures at The Last Wind-Up, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Montana Grizzly Encounter, and then sample the fine beverages at Bozeman Spirits Distillery.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Bozeman driving holiday planner.

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Bozeman in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from West Yellowstone in September, with highs in Bozeman at 72°F and lows at 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Bozeman

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries

Montana travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Nature & Parks
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.