9 days in Montana Itinerary

9 days in Montana Itinerary

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9 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Missoula
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Bozeman
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Billings
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Minneapolis

1
night
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. On the 4th (Thu), get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol, then get engrossed in the history at Montana Historical Society Museum, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gates of the Mountains. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Helena, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lewis & Clark Brewing Company, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Helena.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Helena trip planner .

Minneapolis to Helena is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Minneapolis to Helena is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Minneapolis in July, you will find days in Helena are somewhat warmer (89°F), and nights are little chillier (57°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Missoula.

Things to do in Helena

Parks Nature Trails
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Montana Historical Society Museum ©
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Mount Helena ©
Mount Helena

2
nights
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, get in on the family fun at A Carousel for Missoula, and then grab your bike and head to Silver Park. On your second day here, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then see the interesting displays at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center, and then admire all the interesting features of University of Montana.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Missoula journey planning tool .

Traveling by car from Helena to Missoula takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Missoula

Theme Parks Parks Wildlife
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Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation ©
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Silver Park ©
Silver Park
A Carousel for Missoula ©
A Carousel for Missoula

2
nights
West Yellowstone

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 8th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Yellowstone Historic Center, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then steep yourself in history at Earthquake Lake. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our West Yellowstone visit planning tool .

Traveling by car from Missoula to West Yellowstone takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. In July, West Yellowstone is a bit cooler than Missoula - with highs of 77°F and lows of 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Yellowstone Historic Center ©
Yellowstone Historic Center
Fishing Charters & Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
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 10th (Wed), cast your line with a fishing tour and then trot along with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Montana Grizzly Encounter, then take an in-depth tour of American Computer Museum, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Bozeman trip planner .

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Bozeman in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from West Yellowstone in July; daily highs in Bozeman reach 86°F and lows reach 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Billings.

Things to do in Bozeman

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Horseback Riding Tours
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Fishing Charters & Tours
American Computer & Robotics Museum ©
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Billings

Billings ©
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. On the 12th (Fri), explore the striking landscape at The Rimrocks, examine the collection at Moss Mansion, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and finally explore the striking landscape at Pompeys Pillar National Monument.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Billings trip planner.

You can drive from Bozeman to Billings in 2.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Billings when traveling from Bozeman in July, with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Billings

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Pompeys Pillar National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Moss Mansion ©
Moss Mansion
Pompeys Pillar National Monument ©
Pompeys Pillar National Monument
Horseback Riding Tours

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