9 days in Montana Itinerary

9 days in Montana Itinerary

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9 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Monroe
Drive:  8​h
1
Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Great Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Bozeman
— 1 night
Drive:  11​h
End: Monroe

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls and then cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Grinnell Glacier, tour the pleasant surroundings at Highline Trail, then appreciate the views at Logan Pass, and finally explore the activities along McDonald Creek.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park trip itinerary planner.

Monroe to Glacier National Park is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. While traveling from Monroe, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Glacier National Park, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Great Falls.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Virginia Falls ©
Virginia Falls
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail

1
night
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): explore the world behind art at C.M. Russell Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Giant Springs State Park, then see a show at Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and finally take an in-depth tour of Ursuline Centre.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Great Falls day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Great Falls takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, train, and bus. In July, daytime highs in Great Falls are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Great Falls

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
C.M. Russell Museum ©
C.M. Russell Museum
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park

1
night
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Helena route builder website .

You can drive from Great Falls to Helena in 2 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Helena

Museums Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena
Holter Museum of Art ©
Holter Museum of Art

2
nights
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 7th (Sun): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Yellowstone Historic Center, and finally explore the striking landscape at Gibbon Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: have some family-friendly fun at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Earthquake Lake.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the West Yellowstone online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Helena to West Yellowstone in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Helena in July: high temperatures in West Yellowstone hover around 77°F and lows are around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Gibbon Falls
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Gibbon Falls ©
Gibbon Falls

1
night
Bozeman

Bozeman ©
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Bozeman tour itinerary maker site .

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Bozeman in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from West Yellowstone in July, expect Bozeman to be a bit warmer, temps between 86°F and 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bozeman

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
American Computer & Robotics Museum ©
Downtown Bozeman ©
Downtown Bozeman
Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies

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