9 days in Southwest Montana Itinerary

9 days in Southwest Montana Itinerary

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9 days in Southwest Montana Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Helena
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Philipsburg
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Butte
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Dillon
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Ennis
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  8​h
End: Chicago

2
nights
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. On the 14th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gates of the Mountains. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Reeder's Alley, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Helena, then admire the striking features of Cathedral of St. Helena, and finally ponder the world of politics at Montana State Capitol.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Helena route planner .

Chicago to Helena is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Chicago in September; daily highs in Helena reach 73°F and lows reach 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Philipsburg.

Things to do in Helena

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Mount Helena ©
Mount Helena

1
night
Philipsburg

Philipsburg ©
Philipsburg is a town in and the county seat of Granite County, Montana, United States. On the 17th (Tue), indulge your thirst for a good beer at Philipsburg Brewing Company, stop by The Sweet Palace, then admire all the interesting features of Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine, and finally see a world frozen in time at Granite Ghost Town State Park.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Philipsburg trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Helena to Philipsburg by car takes about 2 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Helena in September, with highs in Philipsburg at 67°F and lows at 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Butte.

Things to do in Philipsburg

Breweries & Distilleries Historic Sites Shopping
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Philipsburg Brewing Company ©
Philipsburg Brewing Company
Granite Ghost Town State Park ©
Granite Ghost Town State Park
The Sweet Palace ©
The Sweet Palace

3
nights
Butte

Butte ©
Butte is a city in, and the county seat of Silver Bow County, Montana, United States. Get in touch with nature at Copper Canyon Harley Davidson and Berkeley Pit. Visit World Museum of Mining and Copper King Mansion for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Butte: Deer Lodge (Old Montana Prison Complex, Yesterday's Playthings, & more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives, examine the collection at MBMG Mineral Museum, tee off at Old Works, and sample the fine beverages at Headframe Spirits.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Butte trip planner .

You can drive from Philipsburg to Butte in 1.5 hours. September in Butte sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 38°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Dillon.

Things to do in Butte

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Deer Lodge, Old Works
Highlights from your plan
World Museum of Mining ©
World Museum of Mining
Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives ©
Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives
Grant-Kohrs Ranch ©
Grant-Kohrs Ranch

1
night
Dillon

Dillon ©
Dillon is a city in and the county seat of Beaverhead County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): examine the collection at Beaverhead County Museum, then take in the awesome beauty at Pioneer Mountain Wilderness Area, and then admire the majestic nature at Bannack State Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Dillon online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Butte to Dillon in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Dillon can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ennis.

Things to do in Dillon

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Bannack State Park ©
Bannack State Park
Beaverhead County Museum ©
Beaverhead County Museum

1
night
Ennis

Ennis
Ennis is a town in Madison County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): make a trip to Virginia City National Historic Landmark.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Ennis trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Dillon to Ennis takes 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Ennis are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ennis

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Virginia City National Historic Landmark