9 days in Montana Itinerary

9 days in Montana Itinerary

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9 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Kalispell
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Kalispell
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
2
Great Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Lewistown
— 1 night
Drive:  16​h
4
Billings
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Gardiner
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Philipsburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
End: Kalispell

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Kalispell

Kalispell
Kalispell is a city in, and the county seat of Flathead County, Montana, United States. To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kalispell trip builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Kalispell. In May, daily temperatures in Kalispell can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. You will leave for Great Falls on the 28th (Tue).

Things to do in Kalispell

Outdoors Parks Tours

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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 28th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and then admire the masterpieces at Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): see the interesting displays at C.M. Russell Museum, immerse yourself in nature at Giant Springs State Park, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Bowser Brewing Company.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Great Falls road trip planning site .

You can drive from Kalispell to Great Falls in 4 hours. In May, daytime highs in Great Falls are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Lewistown.

Things to do in Great Falls

Museums Wildlife Parks
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Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park
C.M. Russell Museum ©
C.M. Russell Museum

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Lewistown

Lewistown
Lewistown is a city in and the county seat of Fergus County, Montana, United States. For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Lewistown trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Lewistown takes 2 hours. May in Lewistown sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 38°F at night. You'll set off for Billings on the 30th (Thu).

Things to do in Lewistown

Parks Tours Wildlife

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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. Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): look for gifts at Scheels.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Billings trip planner .

Traveling by car from Lewistown to Billings takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Lewistown in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Billings, with lows around 45°F. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Fri) before leaving for Gardiner.

Things to do in Billings

Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Scheels ©
Scheels

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Gardiner

Gardiner ©
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
On the 31st (Fri), explore and take pictures at Firehole Lake Drive.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Gardiner road trip website .

Traveling by car from Billings to Gardiner takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In May, Gardiner is slightly colder than Billings - with highs of 57°F and lows of 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Philipsburg.

Things to do in Gardiner

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Hot Springs
Tower Fall ©
Tower Fall

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Philipsburg

Philipsburg ©
Philipsburg is a town in and the county seat of Granite County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): walk around Winninghoff Park, then take an in-depth tour of Granite County Museum, then look for gifts at Philipsburg Treasures and Gift, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Philipsburg Brewing Company. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire all the interesting features of Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine, see the interesting displays at Powell County Museum & Arts Foundation, then see the interesting displays at Yesterday's Playthings, then see the interesting displays at Old Montana Prison Complex, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Elk Ridge Brewing Company.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Philipsburg journey tool .

Drive from Gardiner to Philipsburg in 4 hours. Traveling from Gardiner in June, Philipsburg is a bit warmer at night with lows of 42°F. You'll set off for home on the 4th (Tue).

Things to do in Philipsburg

Breweries & Distilleries Museums Parks

Side Trip

Deer Lodge
Highlights from your plan
Philipsburg Brewing Company ©
Philipsburg Brewing Company
Elk Ridge Brewing Company ©
Elk Ridge Brewing Company
Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine ©
Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine

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