26 days in Montana Itinerary

26 days in Montana Itinerary

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Start: London
Fly:  17 h 15 min
1
Glacier National Park
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Whitefish
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Missoula
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Helena
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
5
Billings
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
6
West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Bozeman
— 2 nights
Fly:  15 h 45 min
End: London

7
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.
Visiting Going-to-the-Sun Road and Lake McDonald will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Avalanche Lake and Grinnell Glacier. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Iceberg Lake Trail, appreciate the views at Logan Pass, contemplate the waterfront views at Iceberg Lake, and get to know the fascinating history of Garden Wall.

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London, UK to Glacier National Park is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Glacier National Park is minus 7 hours. When traveling from London in July, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Glacier National Park: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 11°C at night. You'll set off for Whitefish on the 1st (Mon).

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Highline Trail ©
Highline Trail

2
nights
Whitefish

Whitefish ©
Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): don't miss a visit to Dick Idol Signature Gallery, thenexplore the landscape on two wheels at Whitefish River Trail, and then grab your bike and head to The Whitefish Trail. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of First Presbyterian Church, thenshop like a local with The Purple Pomegranate, and then trek along Great Northern Mountain.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Whitefish tour itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Glacier National Park to Whitefish in 1.5 hours. In August in Whitefish, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Whitefish

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Whitefish River Trail ©
Whitefish River Trail
The Whitefish Trail ©
The Whitefish Trail
Great Northern Mountain ©
Great Northern Mountain

3
nights
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. Discover out-of-the-way places like A Carousel for Missoula and Missoula Insectarium. Let the collections at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center and Montana Natural History Center capture your imagination. There's lots more to do: trek along Pattee Canyon, see the interesting displays at Children's Museum Missoula, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Jumbo North Peak Trail, and look for gifts at Grizzly Hackle Fly Shop.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Missoula day trip planner.

Drive from Whitefish to Missoula in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Missoula are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Missoula

Museums Parks Outdoors
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A Carousel for Missoula ©
A Carousel for Missoula
Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center ©
Missoula Insectarium ©
Missoula Insectarium

3
nights
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Get some cultural insight at Cathedral of St. Helena and Reeder's Alley. Appreciate the collections at Holter Museum of Art and Archie Bray Foundation. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Original Governor's Mansion and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lewis & Clark Brewing Company.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Helena trip builder.

Traveling by car from Missoula to Helena takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Billings.

Things to do in Helena

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries
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Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena
Reeder's Alley ©
Reeder's Alley
Holter Museum of Art ©
Holter Museum of Art

3
nights
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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Horseback Riding Tours and Yellowstone County Museum. Kids will appreciate attractions like Pictograph Cave State Park and Carbon County Historical Society and Museum. Take a break from Billings with a short trip to Carbon County Art Guild & Depot Gallery in Red Lodge, about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Four Dances Recreation Area, take an in-depth tour of Western Heritage Center, and look for gifts at Scheels.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Billings vacation builder site.

You can drive from Helena to Billings in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Billings are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Billings

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Red Lodge
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Horseback Riding Tours
Carbon County Historical Society and Museum ©
Pictograph Cave State Park ©
Pictograph Cave State Park

3
nights
West Yellowstone

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Family-friendly places like Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and Two Top will thrill your kids. Discover out-of-the-way places like Fishing Charters & Tours and Send it Home. The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, get outside with Yellowstone Nature Connection, and get your game on at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our West Yellowstone day trip site.

Drive from Billings to West Yellowstone in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Billings in August, you will find days in West Yellowstone are slightly colder (28°C), and nights are colder (3°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Gardiner.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

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

1
night
Gardiner

Gardiner ©
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
On the 16th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Undine Falls, witness a stunning natural landmark at Lone Star Geyser, delve into the lush surroundings at Petrified Tree, thenadmire all the interesting features of Firehole Lake Drive, thenexplore the striking landscape at Gibbon Falls, and finally identify plant and animal life at Lehardy's Rapids.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Gardiner day trip app.

Getting from West Yellowstone to Gardiner by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in Gardiner

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park
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Lone Star Geyser ©
Lone Star Geyser
Gibbon Falls ©
Gibbon Falls
Artists’ Paintpots ©
Artists’ Paintpots

2
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. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Bozeman, take an in-depth tour of Gallatin History Museum, thenbrowse for treasures at The Last Wind-Up, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bozeman Spirits Distillery. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the engaging exhibits at Montana Science Center, thenexamine the collection at American Computer & Robotics Museum, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Middle Cottonwood Trailhead.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bozeman road trip website.

Drive from Gardiner to Bozeman in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Gardiner in August, with highs in Bozeman at 34°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bozeman

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Downtown Bozeman ©
Downtown Bozeman
American Computer & Robotics Museum ©
American Computer & Robotics Museum
Gallatin History Museum ©
Gallatin History Museum

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