9 days in Montana Itinerary

9 days in Montana Itinerary

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9 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  6​h
1
Bozeman
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Dillon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Great Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Glacier National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
6
West Glacier
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Missoula
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Phoenix

2
nights
Bozeman

Bozeman ©
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. On the 8th (Thu), learn more about the world around you at Museum of the Rockies, examine the collection at American Computer Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Bozeman, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bozeman Spirits Distillery.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Bozeman trip itinerary maker tool .

Phoenix to Bozeman is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Phoenix in August, with highs in Bozeman at 84°F and lows at 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Dillon.

Things to do in Bozeman

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

1
night
Dillon

Dillon ©
Dillon is a city in and the county seat of Beaverhead County, Montana, United States. On the 9th (Fri), examine the collection at Beaverhead County Museum, then stop by The Bookstore, then take an in-depth tour of Dillon Visitor Center, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Clark's Lookout State Park.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Dillon trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Bozeman to Dillon in 2 hours. In August in Dillon, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Helena.

Things to do in Dillon

Nature Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Clark's Lookout State Park ©
Clark's Lookout State Park
Beaverhead County Museum ©
Beaverhead County Museum
The Bookstore ©
The Bookstore

1
night
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Archie Bray Foundation, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gates of the Mountains, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Helena, and finally admire the striking features of Original Governor's Mansion.

Make your Helena itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Dillon to Helena in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Dillon in August, Helena is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Helena

Historic Sites Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena
Original Governor's Mansion ©
Original Governor's Mansion

1
night
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. On the 11th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at C.M. Russell Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Giant Springs State Park, then get to know the fascinating history of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and finally get engrossed in the history at Ursuline Centre.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Great Falls trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Helena to Great Falls in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In August, daytime highs in Great Falls are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Great Falls

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

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls, then take in the dramatic natural features at Jackson Glacier Overlook, then explore and take pictures at Going-to-the-Sun Road, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden Wall.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Glacier National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Glacier National Park are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to West Glacier.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Nature Scenic Drive Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Virginia Falls ©
Virginia Falls
Garden Wall ©
Garden Wall
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road

1
night
West Glacier

West Glacier ©
West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): stop by Willow's HuckleberryLand, sample the fine beverages at Glacier Distilling Company, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our West Glacier journey planner .

You can drive from Glacier National Park to West Glacier in an hour. In August in West Glacier, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Missoula.

Things to do in West Glacier

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Glacier Distilling Company, Willow's HuckleberryLand
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Distilling Company ©
Glacier Distilling Company
River Rafting & Tubing
Willow's HuckleberryLand ©
Willow's HuckleberryLand

1
night
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): examine the collection at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center, immerse yourself in nature at Travelers' Rest State Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at Blue Mountain Trailhead (hike & bike), and finally look for gifts at Rockin Rudy's.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Missoula trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from West Glacier to Missoula in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and bus. August in Missoula sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Travelers' Rest State Park
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation ©
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Blue Mountain Trailhead (hike & bike) ©
Travelers' Rest State Park ©
Travelers' Rest State Park

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