8 days in Montana Itinerary

8 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana vacation planner

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Make it your trip
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Big Sky
— 2 nights
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Missoula
— 1 night
Drive
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Whitefish
— 1 night
Drive
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Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
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Big Sky

— 2 nights
Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): hit the slopes at Big Sky Resort, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Beehive Basin Trail, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lone Peak. Keep things going the next day: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, trot along with a tour on horseback, then explore the different monuments and memorials at The Soldiers Chapel, and finally hike along Ousel Falls Trail.

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

New York City to Big Sky is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Big Sky is minus 2 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from New York City in August: highs in Big Sky hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Missoula.

Things to do in Big Sky

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Missoula

— 1 night
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 (Thu): take a memorable tour with Tours, identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, then stop by Grizzly Hackle Fly Shop, then find something for the whole family at A Carousel for Missoula, and finally walk around Silver Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Missoula trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Big Sky to Missoula by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Big Sky in August; daily highs in Missoula reach 86°F and lows reach 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Whitefish.

Things to do in Missoula

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Theme Parks

Whitefish

— 1 night
Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. On the 7th (Fri), immerse yourself in nature at Lone Pine State Park, stroll through City Beach, and then explore the activities along Whitefish Lake Golf Club.

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

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 August, daytime highs in Whitefish are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Whitefish

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Glacier National Park

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls, admire the sheer force of St.Mary Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Baring Falls, and finally take some stellar pictures from Jackson Glacier Overlook. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Iceberg Lake, then explore the activities along Fishercap Lake, and then explore the activities along Swiftcurrent Falls.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Whitefish to Glacier National Park in an hour. August in Glacier National Park sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 48°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

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.