8 days in Montana Itinerary

8 days in Montana Itinerary

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Big Sky
— 2 nights
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Helena
— 1 night
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Missoula
— 1 night
Drive
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Whitefish
— 1 night
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Glacier National Park
— 2 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 hike along Beehive Basin Trail, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lone Peak. On the next day, cast your line with a fishing tour, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then stroll the grounds of The Soldiers Chapel, and finally hike along Ousel Falls Trail.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Big Sky trip itinerary planning website.

New York City to Big Sky is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Big Sky. Traveling from New York City in August, you will find days in Big Sky are slightly colder (75°F), and nights are colder (37°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Helena.

Things to do in Big Sky

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

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 6th (Thu): hike along Mount Helena, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Helena, and then ponder the world of politics at Montana State Capitol.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Helena road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Big Sky to Helena takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Big Sky in August, expect Helena to be somewhat warmer, temps between 86°F and 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Helena

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Missoula

— 1 night
Missoula is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, cast your line with a fishing tour, and then find something for the whole family at A Carousel for Missoula.

Find out how to plan Missoula trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Drive from Helena to Missoula in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Missoula sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Whitefish.

Things to do in Missoula

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Whitefish

— 1 night
Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Conrad Mansion, enjoy the sand and surf at City Beach, and then stroll through Whitefish Lake Golf Club.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Whitefish vacation planner.

You can drive from Missoula to Whitefish in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in Whitefish, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Whitefish

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

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.
On the 9th (Sun), get great views at Jackson Glacier Overlook, then take in the dramatic scenery at St.Mary Falls, then admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls, and finally admire the sheer force of Baring Falls.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Whitefish to Glacier National Park takes an hour. In August, daily temperatures in Glacier National Park can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature

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.