12 days in Montana Itinerary

12 days in Montana Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Billings
— 2 nights
2
Bozeman
— 2 nights
3
Gardiner
— 1 night
4
West Yellowstone
— 1 night
5
Helena
— 1 night
6
West Glacier
— 4 nights

2
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. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: witness the site of a historic battle at Custer Battlefield Trading Company, witness the site of a historic battle at Little Bighorn Battlefield, and then get engrossed in the history at Big Horn County Historical Museum.

To find maps and more tourist information, read our Billings road trip tool.

Washington DC to Billings is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Washington DC to Billings. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Billings when traveling from Washington DC in August, with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in Billings

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Crow Agency, Big Horn County Historical Museum
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Moss Mansion ©
Moss Mansion
Little Bighorn Battlefield ©
Little Bighorn Battlefield

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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. On the 9th (Sun), look and learn at Museum of the Rockies, take an in-depth tour of American Computer & Robotics Museum, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Middle Cottonwood Trailhead. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Bozeman, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lone Peak.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bozeman online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Billings to Bozeman takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Billings in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Bozeman, with lows around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Gardiner.

Things to do in Bozeman

Museums Childrens Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Lone Peak
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Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies
American Computer & Robotics Museum ©
American Computer & Robotics Museum
Downtown Bozeman ©
Downtown Bozeman

1
night
Gardiner

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): stop by Parks' Fly Shop, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Gardiner road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Bozeman to Gardiner takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Bozeman in August, expect Gardiner to be a bit cooler, temps between °F and °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors Tours Shopping
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Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing
Parks' Fly Shop ©
Parks' Fly Shop

1
night
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 12th (Wed): take a memorable tour with Tours, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, thenfind something for the whole family at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, and finally look for gifts at Send it Home.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the West Yellowstone tour builder tool.

Traveling by car from Gardiner to West Yellowstone takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Helena.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun ©
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun
Fishing Charters & Tours

1
night
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol, thenidentify plant and animal life at Gates of the Mountains, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Helena.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Helena trip itinerary planner.

Drive from West Yellowstone to Helena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, Helena is a bit warmer than West Yellowstone - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to West Glacier.

Things to do in Helena

Historic Sites Nature Wildlife
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Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Montana State Capitol ©
Montana State Capitol

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nights
West Glacier

West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from West Glacier: Glacier National Park (Logan Pass, Going-to-the-Sun Road, &more). It doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Tours and explore the activities along Lake McDonald.

Plan a West Glacier trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Getting from Helena to West Glacier by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Helena in August, West Glacier is slightly colder at night with lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in West Glacier

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Glacier National Park
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River Rafting & Tubing
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

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