9 days in Montana Itinerary

9 days in Montana Itinerary

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9 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  8​h
1
Bozeman
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Big Sky
— 2 nights
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
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Philadelphia

1
night
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 11th (Sun), meet the residents at Montana Grizzly Encounter.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Bozeman trip planner .

Philadelphia to Bozeman is an approximately 8-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Bozeman. Traveling from Philadelphia in August, plan for colder nights in Bozeman, with lows around 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Big Sky.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Fishing Charters & Tours
River Rafting & Tubing
Montana Grizzly Encounter ©
Montana Grizzly Encounter

2
nights
Big Sky

Big Sky ©
Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): trot along with a tour on horseback, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Soldiers Chapel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): hike along Ousel Falls Trail, then head outdoors with Grizzly Outfitters Ski & Backcountry Sports, and then take in the awesome beauty at Lone Peak.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Big Sky tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bozeman to Big Sky takes 1.5 hours. In August, Big Sky is little chillier than Bozeman - with highs of 75°F and lows of 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Helena.

Things to do in Big Sky

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The Soldiers Chapel ©
The Soldiers Chapel

1
night
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Helena, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Helena, then get engrossed in the history at Montana Historical Society Museum, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Helena trip planner .

Traveling by car from Big Sky to Helena takes 3 hours. In August, Helena is a bit warmer than Big Sky - with highs of 86°F and lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Helena

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Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena
Mount Helena ©
Mount Helena
Montana Historical Society Museum ©
Montana Historical Society Museum

1
night
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. On the 16th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at C.M. Russell Museum, then hike along River's Edge Trail, and then identify plant and animal life at Giant Springs State Park.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Great Falls tour planner.

Getting from Helena to Great Falls by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. In August, daytime highs in Great Falls are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Great Falls

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C.M. Russell Museum ©
C.M. Russell Museum
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park
River's Edge Trail ©
River's Edge Trail

3
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.
On the 17th (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier, then stroll through Highline Trail, and then hike along Iceberg Lake Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road, explore the striking landscape at Jackson Glacier Overlook, then take in the dramatic scenery at St.Mary Falls, and finally admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Glacier National Park day trip planning site .

Getting from Great Falls to Glacier National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and car. In August, daytime highs in Glacier National Park are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. On the 19th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

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Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail
Highline Trail ©
Highline Trail

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