9 days in Montana & Salmon Itinerary

9 days in Montana & Salmon Itinerary

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Helena
— 1 night
Drive
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Great Falls
— Few hours
Drive
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West Glacier
— 1 night
Drive
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Whitefish
— 1 night
Drive
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Missoula
— 1 night
Drive
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Salmon
— 1 night
Drive
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West Yellowstone
— 1 night
Drive
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Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive
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Billings
— 1 night
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Helena

Helena is the capital city of the U.S. For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Helena trip builder.

New York City to Helena is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Helena. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from New York City in July since evenings lows in Helena dip to 57°F. You will leave for Great Falls on the 30th (Thu).

Things to do in Helena

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

few
hours
Great Falls

Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. On the 30th (Thu), listen to music at Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and then admire the majestic nature at Giant Springs State Park.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Great Falls attractions planner.

Getting from Helena to Great Falls by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to West Glacier.

Things to do in Great Falls

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
Historic Walking Area
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center
4.8

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West Glacier

West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): hike along Trail of the Cedars, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then stroll through Granite Park Trail.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the West Glacier travel route planning app.

Drive from Great Falls to West Glacier in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in West Glacier are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Whitefish.

Things to do in West Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Adventure

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Trail of the Cedars ©
Hiking Trail
Trail of the Cedars
4.5
Granite Park Trail ©
Hiking Trail
Granite Park Trail
4.2

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Whitefish

Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. On the 1st (Sat), fly down the slopes at Whitefish Mountain Resort and then don't miss a visit to Whitefish Depot.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Whitefish trip planning site.

Traveling by car from West Glacier to Whitefish takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Whitefish can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Missoula.

Things to do in Whitefish

Parks · Winter Sports · Adventure · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

1
night
Missoula

Missoula is a city in the U.S. On the 2nd (Sun), cast your line with a fishing tour, identify plant and animal life at Blue Mountain Trailhead (hike & bike), then hike along Pattee Canyon, and finally stroll around Silver Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Missoula attractions site.

Getting from Whitefish to Missoula by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Salmon.

Things to do in Missoula

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Trails
Highlights from your trip
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Fishing Charter / Tour
Fishing Charters & Tours
4.8
Silver Park ©
Biking Trail
Silver Park
4.8

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Salmon

Salmon is a city in Lemhi County, Idaho, United States. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Sacajawea Interpretive, Cultural and Education Center, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then take a memorable drive along Salmon River Scenic Byway.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Salmon driving holiday website.

Traveling by car from Missoula to Salmon takes 3 hours. In August in Salmon, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Salmon

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Scenic Drive
Highlights from your trip

1
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West Yellowstone

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, contemplate the waterfront views at Madison River, then take in the dramatic natural features at Terrace Spring, and finally cruise along Firehole Canyon Drive.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our West Yellowstone vacation planner.

Drive from Salmon to West Yellowstone in 4 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Salmon in August, with highs in West Yellowstone at 75°F and lows at 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Terrace Spring ©
Hot Spring
Terrace Spring
4.6

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Gardiner

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
On the 5th (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Gibbon Falls, trek along Hellroaring Creek Trailhead, look for all kinds of wild species at Beryl Spring, witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, then look for all kinds of wild species at Petrified Tree, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Lehardy's Rapids.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Gardiner trip planner.

Drive from West Yellowstone to Gardiner in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in August, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Billings.

Things to do in Gardiner

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Old Faithful ©
Must see
Old Faithful
4.5
Gibbon Falls ©
Geologic Formation
Gibbon Falls
4.5
Artists’ Paintpots ©
Geologic Formation
Artists’ Paintpots
4.3

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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. On the 6th (Thu), trot along with a tour on horseback.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Billings online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Gardiner to Billings takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Gardiner in August, expect nights in Billings to be much hotter, around 58°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 85°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Billings

Outdoors · Tours
Highlights from your trip
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Horseback Riding Tour
Horseback Riding Tours
4.8

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