8 days in Montana Itinerary

8 days in Montana Itinerary

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8 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Pittsburgh
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Billings
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Big Sky
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Missoula
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
5
Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Pittsburgh

1
night
Billings

Billings is the largest city in the state of Montana, and is the principal city of the Billings Metropolitan Area with a population of 166,855.Billings is located in the south-eastern portion of the state and is the seat of Yellowstone County, which had a 2015 population of 157,048. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): explore the striking landscape at The Rimrocks.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Billings road trip planning app .

Pittsburgh to Billings is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Pittsburgh in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 54°F in Billings. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Big Sky.

Things to do in Billings

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Pompeys Pillar National Monument
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Horseback Riding Tours
Pompeys Pillar National Monument ©
Pompeys Pillar National Monument
Pictograph Cave State Park ©
Pictograph Cave State Park

2
nights
Big Sky

Big Sky ©
Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): trot along with a tour on horseback, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Soldiers Chapel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Ousel Falls Trail, then get outside with Grizzly Outfitters Ski & Backcountry Sports, and then take in the awesome beauty at Lone Peak.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Big Sky holiday builder .

You can drive from Billings to Big Sky in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Billings in June, expect Big Sky to be slightly colder, temps between 69°F and 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Big Sky

Outdoors Parks Nature
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The Soldiers Chapel ©
The Soldiers Chapel

1
night
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Helena, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Helena, and then explore the striking landscape of Gates of the Mountains.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Helena online travel route builder .

You can drive from Big Sky to Helena in 3 hours. In June, Helena is a bit warmer than Big Sky - with highs of 79°F and lows of 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Missoula.

Things to do in Helena

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Mount Helena ©
Mount Helena

1
night
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. On the 6th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, find something for the whole family at A Carousel for Missoula, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Silver Park.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Missoula online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Helena to Missoula takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Missoula

Theme Parks Parks Wildlife
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Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation ©
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
A Carousel for Missoula ©
A Carousel for Missoula
Silver Park ©
Silver Park

2
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.
On the 7th (Fri), admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls, admire the sheer force of St.Mary Falls, then explore the striking landscape at Jackson Glacier Overlook, and finally take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Glacier National Park attractions tool .

You can drive from Missoula to Glacier National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In June, daily temperatures in Glacier National Park can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. On the 8th (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Virginia Falls ©
Virginia Falls
St.Mary Falls ©
St.Mary Falls
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road

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