9 days in Montana Itinerary

9 days in Montana Itinerary

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Bozeman
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Billings
— 1 night
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Lewistown
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Great Falls
— 1 night
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Glacier National Park
— 1 night
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Whitefish
— 1 night
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Missoula
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Helena
— 1 night
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Whitehall
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Big Sky
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Pray
— 1 night
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West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
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Bozeman
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Bozeman

Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Bozeman Kayak Company has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): sample the fine beverages at Bozeman Spirits Distillery and then catch all the local highlights with Bozeman Kayak Company.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bozeman sightseeing planning tool.

Philadelphia to Bozeman is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to Bozeman is minus 2 hours. Plan for much colder nights when traveling from Philadelphia in August since evenings lows in Bozeman dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Billings.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

Billings

— 1 night
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. You've now added Angry Hank's Microbrewery to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Angry Hank's Microbrewery.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Billings trip planner.

Getting from Bozeman to Billings by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Bozeman in August, Billings is a bit warmer at night with lows of 58°F. On the 11th (Wed), you'll travel to Lewistown.

Things to do in Billings

Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your trip

Lewistown

Lewistown is a city in and the county seat of Fergus County, Montana, United States. For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Lewistown trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Billings to Lewistown by car takes about 2.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Billings in August since evenings lows in Lewistown dip to 51°F. You'll set off for Great Falls on the 11th (Wed).

Things to do in Lewistown

Tours · Museums

Great Falls

— 1 night
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Ursuline Centre, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and then immerse yourself in nature at Giant Springs State Park.

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

Traveling by car from Lewistown to Great Falls takes 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Great Falls can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Great Falls

Nature · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Glacier National Park

— 1 night

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 12th (Thu), admire all the interesting features of Going-to-the-Sun Road, then appreciate the views at Logan Pass, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Avalanche Lake.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Glacier National Park driving holiday tool.

Drive from Great Falls to Glacier National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. August in Glacier National Park sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Whitefish.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Nature · Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive

Whitefish

— 1 night
Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): make a trip to Whitefish Depot, tee off at Whitefish Lake Golf Club, and then get interesting insight from State of Mind Fishing Charters LLC.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Whitefish trip planner.

You can drive from Glacier National Park to Whitefish in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In August in Whitefish, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Whitefish

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Nature

Missoula

Missoula is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Missoula sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Whitefish to Missoula takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Missoula are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. You'll set off for Helena on the 14th (Sat).

Things to do in Missoula

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

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 (Sat): get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol, then explore the striking landscape of Gates of the Mountains, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Helena.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Helena day trip website.

Drive from Missoula to Helena in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Helena sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Whitehall.

Things to do in Helena

Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife · Parks

Whitehall

Whitehall is a town in Jefferson County, Montana, United States. To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Whitehall online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Helena to Whitehall takes 1.5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Helena in August; daily highs in Whitehall reach 80°F and lows reach 44°F. You'll set off for Big Sky on the 15th (Sun).

Things to do in Whitehall

Nature · Parks

Big Sky

Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Big Sky day trip website.

Traveling by car from Whitehall to Big Sky takes 2 hours. Traveling from Whitehall in August, expect Big Sky to be slightly colder, temps between 75°F and 37°F. On the 15th (Sun), you're off to Pray.

Things to do in Big Sky

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Pray

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take in the natural beauty of Chico Hot Springs.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Pray trip planner.

Traveling by car from Big Sky to Pray takes 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Big Sky in August, with highs in Pray at 86°F and lows at 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Pray

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

West Yellowstone

— 2 nights
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
On the 16th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, then get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Terrace Spring, and finally identify plant and animal life at Firehole Canyon Drive. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Observation Point Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Blue Star Spring, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, then take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Midway Geyser Basin.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read West Yellowstone trip maker site.

You can drive from Pray to West Yellowstone in 2.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Pray in August, with highs in West Yellowstone at 75°F and lows at 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Bozeman

Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): look for gifts at The Last Wind-Up.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Bozeman itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Bozeman takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from West Yellowstone in August, with highs in Bozeman at 84°F and lows at 47°F. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Bozeman

Shopping
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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.