9 days in Montana Itinerary

9 days in Montana Itinerary

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Helena
— 2 nights
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Missoula
— 2 nights
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Whitefish
— 1 night
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Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
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Helena

— 2 nights
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Visit Grant-Kohrs Ranch and Cathedral of St. Helena for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from Helena to Deer Lodge to see Old Montana Prison Complex about 1h 5 min away. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Montana Historical Society Museum, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gates of the Mountains, and ponder the world of politics at Montana State Capitol.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Helena trip itinerary maker tool.

Huntsville to Helena is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Huntsville to Helena due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Huntsville in August since evenings lows in Helena dip to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Missoula.

Things to do in Helena

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

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Missoula

— 2 nights
Missoula is a city in the U.S. On the 1st (Tue), get a new perspective on nature at Montana Natural History Center, then admire the architecture and history at St. Ignatius Mission, and then identify plant and animal life at National Bison Range. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, then find something for the whole family at A Carousel for Missoula, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Missoula trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Helena to Missoula in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Whitefish.

Things to do in Missoula

Wildlife · Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Whitefish

— 1 night
Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Conrad Mansion, play a few rounds at Whitefish Lake Golf Club, and then take a memorable tour with Glacier ZipLines.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Whitefish day trip site.

Traveling by car from Missoula to Whitefish takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. September in Whitefish sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 40°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Whitefish

Outdoors · Parks · Golf · Nature

Side Trips

Glacier National Park

— 3 nights

Crown of the Continent

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 4th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Two Medicine Lake, then admire the sheer force of Running Eagle Falls, and then take some stellar pictures from Jackson Glacier Overlook. On the next day, admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at St.Mary Falls, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden Wall.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park itinerary planner.

Getting from Whitefish to Glacier National Park by car takes about an hour. September in Glacier National Park sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 40°F at night. On the 6th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Montana travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Wildlife Areas
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.