35 days in Montana Itinerary

35 days in Montana Itinerary

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Whitefish
— 4 nights
2
Glacier National Park
— 8 nights
3
Great Falls
— 4 nights
4
Helena
— 4 nights
5
West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
6
Gardiner
— 2 nights
7
Bozeman
— 5 nights
8
Billings
— 4 nights

4
nights
Whitefish

Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Whitefish: Polson (Miracle of America Museum, Flathead Lake, &more) and West Glacier (River Rafting & Tubing, Hidden Lake, &more). There's lots more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Flathead National Forest, get a taste of the local shopping with Sunti World Art Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Depot Park, and sample the fine beverages at Glacier Distilling Company.

To find out how to plan a trip to Whitefish, use our trip itinerary maker.

Philadelphia to Whitefish is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Philadelphia in June, expect nights in Whitefish to be cooler, around °F, while days are little chillier, around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Whitefish

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Polson, West Glacier, Columbia Falls, Glacier Distilling Company
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River Rafting & Tubing
Glacier National Park ©
Glacier National Park
Flathead Lake ©
Flathead Lake

8
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Aster Falls in East Glacier Park (about 2h 45 min away). Spend the 3rd (Fri) exploring nature at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Going-to-the-Sun Road, take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls, stroll through Iceberg Lake Trail, and trek along Grinnell Glacier.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Glacier National Park trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Whitefish to Glacier National Park in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °F in July, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Great Falls.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Aster Falls
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Virginia Falls ©
Virginia Falls
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail

4
nights
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Great Falls side-trips: Fort Benton (Fort Benton Museums & Heritage Complex, Museum of the Northern Great Plains, &more). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, admire the majestic nature at Giant Springs State Park, cool off at Electric City Water Park, and contemplate the waterfront views at Sacagawea Springs.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Great Falls online tour planner.

Drive from Glacier National Park to Great Falls in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. In July in Great Falls, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Fort Benton
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Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center
River's Edge Trail ©
River's Edge Trail

4
nights
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Change things up with these side-trips from Helena: Butte (Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives, World Museum of Mining, &more) and Philipsburg (Winninghoff Park & The Sweet Palace). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gates of the Mountains, trek along Mount Helena, get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol, and admire the striking features of Cathedral of St. Helena.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Helena trip planning tool.

Getting from Great Falls to Helena by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Helena can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Helena

Parks Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Butte, Philipsburg
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Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Mount Helena ©
Mount Helena
Montana State Capitol ©
Montana State Capitol

3
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Step out of West Yellowstone to go to Big Sky and see Nature & Wildlife Tours, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, steep yourself in history at Earthquake Lake, look for gifts at Send it Home, and explore the activities along Hebgen Lake.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the West Yellowstone online travel route planner.

You can drive from Helena to West Yellowstone in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Helena in July; daily highs in West Yellowstone reach °F and lows reach °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Gardiner.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Yellowstone Big Gun Fun ©
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Yellowstone River ©
Yellowstone River

2
nights
Gardiner

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
On the 21st (Tue), walk around Sacajawea Park, thentrot along with a tour on horseback, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On your second day here, witness a stunning natural landmark at Chico Hot Springs and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilderness Connection.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Gardiner online travel planner.

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Gardiner takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Gardiner are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Sacajawea Park, Chico Hot Springs
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 22:
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Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing
Sacajawea Park ©
Sacajawea Park

5
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. Get out of town with these interesting Bozeman side-trips: Big Sky (Ousel Falls Trail & Big Sky Chapel), Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park (in Three Forks) and Virginia City (J.Spencer Watkins Memorial Museum & Virginia City National Historic Landmark). The adventure continues: look and learn at Museum of the Rockies, get engrossed in the history at American Computer & Robotics Museum, get to know the resident critters at Montana Grizzly Encounter, and stop by The Last Wind-Up.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Bozeman trip maker.

Getting from Gardiner to Bozeman by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Gardiner in July, with highs in Bozeman at °F and lows at °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Billings.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Big Sky, Virginia City, Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, Willies Distillery
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 27:
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Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park ©
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park
Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies
American Computer & Robotics Museum ©
American Computer & Robotics Museum

4
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. Explore Billings' surroundings by going to Huntley Project Museum of Irrigated Agriculture (in Huntley), Big Horn County Historical Museum (in Hardin) and Crow Agency (Custer Battlefield Trading Company & Little Bighorn Battlefield). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Moss Mansion, view the masterpieces at Toucan Gallery, take in the dramatic natural features at Pompeys Pillar National Monument, and admire the majestic nature at Phipps Park.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Billings vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Bozeman to Billings in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Bozeman in July, Billings is somewhat warmer at night with lows of °F. On the 31st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Billings

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Crow Agency, Huntley Project Museum of Irrigated Agriculture, Big Horn County Historical Museum, Pompeys Pillar National Monument
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 31:
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Big Horn County Historical Museum ©
Big Horn County Historical Museum
Little Bighorn Battlefield ©
Little Bighorn Battlefield
Moss Mansion ©
Moss Mansion

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