22 days in Montana Itinerary

22 days in Montana Itinerary

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22 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: New York City
foot + Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Billings
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h 45​min
2
Great Falls
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Glacier National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Missoula
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Dillon
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Bozeman
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 15​min
End: New York City

3
nights
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. Appreciate the collections at Custer Battlefield Museum and Big Horn County Historical Museum. Popular historic sites such as Little Bighorn Battlefield and Custer Battlefield Trading Post & Cafe are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Moss Mansion, learn about winemaking at Yellowstone Cellars & Winery, admire the masterpieces at Yellowstone Art Museum, and take in the exciting artwork at Toucan Gallery.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Billings trip tool .

New York City to Billings is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Billings is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in September, expect Billings to be little chillier, temps between 75°F and 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Great Falls.

Things to do in Billings

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Crow Agency, Custer Battlefield Museum, Big Horn County Historical Museum
Highlights from your plan
Custer Battlefield Museum ©
Custer Battlefield Museum
Little Bighorn Battlefield ©
Little Bighorn Battlefield
Big Horn County Historical Museum ©
Big Horn County Historical Museum

3
nights
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. C.M. Russell Museum and Museum of the Northern Great Plains will appeal to museum buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Giant Springs State Park and First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park. Get out of town with these interesting Great Falls side-trips: Fort Benton Museums & Heritage Complex (in Fort Benton) and Old Trail Museum (in Choteau). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy some music at Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Ann Cathedral, and take an in-depth tour of Ursuline Centre.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Great Falls attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Billings to Great Falls takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. Traveling from Billings in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Great Falls, with lows of 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Great Falls

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Fort Benton, Old Trail Museum, First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
Highlights from your plan
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park

5
nights
Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and Iceberg Lake Trail. There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls, trek along Grinnell Glacier, and appreciate the views at Logan Pass.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Glacier National Park trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Great Falls to Glacier National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

3
nights
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. Visit Travelers' Rest State Park and Garden of One Thousand Buddhas for their historical value. Let the collections at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center and Ninepipes museum of Early Montana capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Missoula: St. Ignatius Mission (in Saint Ignatius), National Bison Range (in Moiese) and Ohrmann Museum & Gallery (in Drummond). It doesn't end there: tee off at Double Arrow Golf Course and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Imagine Nation Brewing Co.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Missoula tour itinerary site .

Drive from Glacier National Park to Missoula in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in September, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Dillon.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Travelers' Rest State Park, National Bison Range, St. Ignatius Mission, Garden of One Thousand Buddhas, Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana
Highlights from your plan
National Bison Range ©
National Bison Range
St. Ignatius Mission ©
St. Ignatius Mission
Garden of One Thousand Buddhas ©
Garden of One Thousand Buddhas

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 1st (Tue): examine the collection at Beaverhead County Museum, then see a world frozen in time at Bannack State Park, then look for gifts at The Bookstore, and finally take an in-depth tour of Dillon Visitor Center.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Dillon day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Missoula to Dillon takes 3 hours. September in Dillon sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Dillon

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Beaverhead County Museum ©
Beaverhead County Museum
Bannack State Park ©
Bannack State Park
The Bookstore ©
The Bookstore

2
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): cast your line with a fishing tour, then identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and then contemplate the long history of Yellowstone Historic Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Yellowstone Nature Connection and then contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone River.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the West Yellowstone holiday planner .

You can drive from Dillon to West Yellowstone in 3 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Dillon in October: high temperatures in West Yellowstone hover around 50°F and lows are around 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Fishing Charters & Tours
Yellowstone River ©
Yellowstone River

4
nights
Bozeman

Bozeman ©
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Museum of the Rockies and American Computer Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Visiting Horseback Riding Tours and Middle Cottonwood Trailhead will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Bozeman side-trips: Crazy Mountain Museum (in Big Timber) and Bair Family Museum (in Martinsdale). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Gallatin History Museum, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bozeman Spirits Distillery, examine the collection at Livingston Depot Center, and get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Bozeman.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Bozeman day trip app .

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Bozeman in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from West Yellowstone in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Bozeman, with highs around 59°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 30°F. On the 7th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bozeman

Museums Outdoors Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Livingston Depot Center, Crazy Mountain Museum, Horseback Riding Tours, Bair Family Museum
Highlights from your plan
Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies
Horseback Riding Tours
American Computer & Robotics Museum ©

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