9 days in Montana Itinerary

9 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana vacation planner
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Make it your trip
Fly to Bozeman, Drive to Helena
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Helena
— 1 night
Drive
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Great Falls
— 1 night
Drive
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Missoula
— 2 nights
Drive
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West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bozeman
— 2 nights
Fly

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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 19th (Sat): see what you can catch with Montana Fishing Outfitters and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Helena. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Helena, ponder the world of politics at Montana State Capitol, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Gates of the Mountains.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Helena trip itinerary tool.

Atlanta to Helena is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Atlanta in August since evenings lows in Helena dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Great Falls.
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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 21st (Mon): admire the masterpieces at C.M. Russell Museum, then stroll through River's Edge Trail, and then immerse yourself in nature at Giant Springs State Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Great Falls road trip planner.

Getting from Helena to Great Falls by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. August in Great Falls sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Missoula.
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Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Missoula — 2 nights

Missoula is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Garden of One Thousand Buddhas, then admire the architecture and history at St. Ignatius Mission, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Bison Range. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, take a memorable tour with Tours, then learn more about the world around you at Montana Natural History Center, and finally get in on the family fun at A Carousel for Missoula.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Missoula travel planner.

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Missoula takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Missoula sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to West Yellowstone.
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West Yellowstone — 2 nights

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Earthquake Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the awesome beauty at Lone Peak, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the West Yellowstone online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Missoula to West Yellowstone takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Missoula in August: high temperatures in West Yellowstone hover around 75°F and lows are around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Bozeman.
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Bozeman — 2 nights

Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at American Computer & Robotics Museum, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then hike along Ousel Falls Trail.

Before you visit Bozeman, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from West Yellowstone to Bozeman in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from West Yellowstone in August: high temperatures in Bozeman hover around 84°F and lows are around 47°F. On the 27th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Montana travel guide

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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.
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