50 days in Montana Itinerary

50 days in Montana Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Whitefish
— 4 nights
2
Glacier National Park
— 11 nights
3
Great Falls
— 5 nights
4
Helena
— 4 nights
5
Missoula
— 6 nights
6
Butte
— 3 nights
7
West Yellowstone
— 4 nights
8
Gardiner
— 2 nights
9
Bozeman
— 5 nights
10
Billings
— 5 nights

4
nights
Whitefish

Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Whitefish: KEHOE'S AGATE SHOP, INC. (in Bigfork) and West Glacier (River Rafting & Tubing, Glacier National Park, &more). There's much more to do: fly down the slopes at Whitefish Mountain Resort, take in the exciting artwork at Sunti World Art Gallery, steep yourself in history at Conrad Mansion, and don't miss a visit to Whitefish Depot.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Whitefish trip planner.

Los Angeles to Whitefish is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for little chillier nights in Whitefish, with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Whitefish

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

West Glacier, Coram, Conrad Mansion, KEHOE'S AGATE SHOP, INC.
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 21:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Glacier National Park ©
Glacier National Park
Whitefish Mountain Resort ©
Whitefish Mountain Resort

11
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.
When in Glacier National Park, make a side trip to see Aster Falls in East Glacier Park, approximately East Glacier Park away. Spend the 29th (Wed) exploring nature at Red Rock Falls, Glacier National Park. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier, trek along Iceberg Lake Trail, stroll around Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, and admire the verdant scenery at Logan Pass.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Glacier National Park trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Whitefish to Glacier National Park in 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Glacier National Park are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Aster Falls
Find places to stay Jul 21 — Aug 1:
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Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail

5
nights
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Explore Great Falls' surroundings by going to Fort Benton (Fort Benton Museums & Heritage Complex & White Cliffs). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, contemplate the waterfront views at Sacagawea Springs, explore the world behind art at C.M. Russell Museum, and stroll around Gibson Park.

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You can drive from Glacier National Park to Great Falls in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. August in Great Falls sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Helena.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fort Benton, First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 6:
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Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center
C.M. Russell Museum ©
C.M. Russell Museum

4
nights
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Helena is known for nature, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Gates of the Mountains, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Helena, contemplate the waterfront views at Missouri River, and go deep underground at Montana Blue Jewel Mine.

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

Getting from Great Falls to Helena by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Helena

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Parks
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 10:
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Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Montana Historical Society Museum ©
Montana Historical Society Museum

6
nights
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Missoula: Polson (Miracle of America Museum & Flathead Lake), St. Ignatius Mission (in Saint Ignatius) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Alberton). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center, get in on the family fun at A Carousel for Missoula, browse the eclectic array of goods at Missoula Farmer's Market, and stroll around Caras Park.

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You can drive from Helena to Missoula in 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 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Butte.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Polson, St. Ignatius Mission, National Bison Range, River Rafting & Tubing
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Flathead Lake ©
Flathead Lake
River Rafting & Tubing
Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center ©
Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center

3
nights
Butte

Butte ©
Butte is a city in, and the county seat of Silver Bow County, Montana, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Butte: Philipsburg (Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine, Philipsburg Brewing Company, &more), Deer Lodge (Old Montana Prison Complex & Grant-Kohrs Ranch) and Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park (in Three Forks). Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Granite Mountain Memorial Overlook, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Headframe Spirits, browse the exhibits of World Museum of Mining, and admire the natural beauty at Old Lexington Stamp Mill and Gardens.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Butte trip builder.

Getting from Missoula to Butte by car takes about 2 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Missoula in August: high temperatures in Butte hover around °F and lows are around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Butte

Breweries & Distilleries Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Philipsburg, Deer Lodge, Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park
Find places to stay Aug 16 — 19:
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Philipsburg Brewing Company ©
Philipsburg Brewing Company
Granite Mountain Memorial Overlook ©
Granite Mountain Memorial Overlook
World Museum of Mining ©
World Museum of Mining

4
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near West Yellowstone: Big Sky (Ousel Falls Trail & Lone Peak). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, stop by Send it Home, explore the activities along Yellowstone River, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our West Yellowstone vacation maker website.

Drive from Butte to West Yellowstone in 3 hours. In August, West Yellowstone is a bit cooler than Butte - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Gardiner.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Big Sky, Beartooth Hwy
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 23:
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilderness Connection. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Parks' Fly Shop, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then walk around Sacajawea Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Gardiner vacation builder.

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Gardiner in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in August, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Sacajawea Park
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing
Parks' Fly Shop ©
Parks' Fly Shop

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. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sky (The Soldiers Chapel, Beehive Basin Trail, &more) and Sacajawea Park (in Livingston). Next up on the itinerary: learn more about the world around you at Museum of the Rockies, take an in-depth tour of Gallatin History Museum, explore the stunning scenery at Gallatin Canyon, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Bozeman trip planner.

You can drive from Gardiner to Bozeman in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Gardiner in August, expect Bozeman to be somewhat warmer, temps between °F and °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Billings.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Big Sky, Livingston
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 30:
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Big Sky Resort ©
Big Sky Resort
Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies
American Computer & Robotics Museum ©
American Computer & Robotics Museum

5
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Billings: Pompeys Pillar National Monument (in Pompeys Pillar), Big Horn County Historical Museum (in Hardin) and Custer Battlefield Museum (in Garryowen). And it doesn't end there: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Thirsty Street Brewing Company at The Taproom, admire the majestic nature at Pictograph Cave State Park, and examine the collection at Moss Mansion.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Billings vacation maker site.

Getting from Bozeman to Billings by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Bozeman in August since evenings lows in Billings dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Billings

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Crow Agency, Pompeys Pillar National Monument, Big Horn County Historical Museum, Custer Battlefield Museum
Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 4:
Highlights from your plan
Moss Mansion ©
Moss Mansion
Horseback Riding Tours
Little Bighorn Battlefield ©
Little Bighorn Battlefield

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