52 days in Montana & San Juan Islands Itinerary

52 days in Montana & San Juan Islands Itinerary

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Billings
— 5 nights
2
Red Lodge
— 2 nights
3
Bozeman
— 5 nights
4
West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
5
Great Falls
— 4 nights
6
Helena
— 5 nights
7
Missoula
— 5 nights
8
Polson
— 2 nights
9
Libby
— 1 night
10
Eastsound, Orcas Island
— 4 nights
11
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 5 nights
12
Whitefish
— 5 nights
13
Glacier National Park
— 5 nights

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. Step off the beaten path and head to The Grand Escape Room and Outlaw Canyon Adventures, LLC. Get out of town with these interesting Billings side-trips: 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). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Moss Mansion, learn about winemaking at Yellowstone Cellars & Winery, enjoy some diversion at Black Butte Range, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Angry Hank's Microbrewery.

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New York City to Billings is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Billings due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from New York City in March since evenings lows in Billings dip to 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Red Lodge.

Things to do in Billings

Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Crow Agency, Huntley Project Museum of Irrigated Agriculture, Big Horn County Historical Museum
Find places to stay Mar 10 — 15:
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The Grand Escape Room ©
The Grand Escape Room
Outlaw Canyon Adventures, LLC ©
Outlaw Canyon Adventures, LLC
Moss Mansion ©
Moss Mansion

2
nights
Red Lodge

Red Lodge ©
Red Lodge is a city in and the county seat of Carbon County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Wild Bill Lake, then stroll through Red Lodge Mountain, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Silver Run Trails. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Babcock & Miles, take an in-depth tour of Carbon County Historical Society and Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Carbon County Art Guild & Depot Gallery, and finally don't miss a visit to Fishtail General Store.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Red Lodge online tour builder.

Traveling by car from Billings to Red Lodge takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 49°F in March, and nighttime lows around 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Bozeman.

Things to do in Red Lodge

Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Fishtail General Store
Find places to stay Mar 15 — 17:
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Red Lodge Mountain ©
Red Lodge Mountain
Carbon County Historical Society and Museum ©
Carbon County Art Guild & Depot Gallery ©
Carbon County Art Guild & Depot Gallery

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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bridger Bowl and Ousel Falls Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sky (Horseback Riding Tours, Big Sky Resort, &more). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of American Computer & Robotics Museum, test your team's savvy at Escape Room Montana, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Montana Grizzly Encounter, and take in breathtaking views at Gallatin Canyon.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Bozeman online tour planner.

Drive from Red Lodge to Bozeman in 2.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Bozeman are 49°F, while nighttime lows are 24°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Big Sky, Escape Room Montana
Find places to stay Mar 17 — 22:
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Bridger Bowl ©
Bridger Bowl
Lone Peak ©
Lone Peak
American Computer & Robotics Museum ©
American Computer & Robotics Museum

3
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 discover tucked-away gems like Grizzly Outfitters Ski & Backcountry Sports and Two Top. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, contemplate the long history of Earthquake Lake, stop by Send it Home, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the West Yellowstone route maker.

Drive from Bozeman to West Yellowstone in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Bozeman in March, expect West Yellowstone to be slightly colder, temps between 37°F and 17°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Great Falls.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Grizzly Outfitters Ski & Backcountry Sports
Find places to stay Mar 22 — 25:
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Grizzly Outfitters Ski & Backcountry Sports ©
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun ©
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun

4
nights
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to C.M. Russell Museum and Showdown Ski Area. Venture out of the city with trips to Fort Benton (White Cliffs, Fort Benton Museums & Heritage Complex, &more). The adventure continues: stroll around Gibson Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Giant Springs State Park, learn about all things military at Malmstrom Museum and Air Park, and take an in-depth tour of Ursuline Centre.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Great Falls trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Great Falls takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from West Yellowstone in March, with highs in Great Falls at 48°F and lows at 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Fort Benton, Showdown Ski Area
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 29:
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Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park
C.M. Russell Museum ©
C.M. Russell Museum
Gibson Park ©
Gibson Park

5
nights
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mount Helena and Cathedral of St. Helena. Explore Helena's surroundings by going to Deer Lodge (Old Montana Prison Complex & Grant-Kohrs Ranch) and Butte (Old Lexington Stamp Mill and Gardens, Granite Mountain Memorial Overlook, &more). The adventure continues: get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol, take an in-depth tour of Montana Historical Society Museum, admire the natural beauty at Tizer Botanical Gardens & Arboretum, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lewis & Clark Brewing Company.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Helena trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Helena takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March in Helena, expect temperatures between 50°F during the day and 27°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Helena

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Butte, Deer Lodge, Tizer Botanical Gardens & Arboretum
Find places to stay Mar 29 — Apr 3:
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Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena
Mount Helena ©
Mount Helena
Montana State Capitol ©
Montana State Capitol

5
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Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. Explore hidden gems such as Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Caras Park. Explore Missoula's surroundings by going to Garden of One Thousand Buddhas (in Arlee), Placid Lake State Park (in Seeley Lake) and Rugg's Outfitting (in Superior). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at A Carousel for Missoula, trek along Mount Jumbo North Peak Trail, let the kids burn off some steam at Dragon Hollow Play Area, and walk around Jacob Island Dog Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Missoula itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Helena to Missoula in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Missoula are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Polson.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Philipsburg, Garden of One Thousand Buddhas, Mount Sentinel, Placid Lake State Park, Rugg's Outfitting
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation ©
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
A Carousel for Missoula ©
A Carousel for Missoula
Rugg's Outfitting ©
Rugg's Outfitting

2
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Polson

Polson ©
Polson is a city in Lake County, Montana, United States, on the southern shore of Flathead Lake. Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): get outside with Wild Trout Adventures, see human ingenuity at work at Kerr Dam, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Flathead Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): examine the collection at Miracle of America Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana, and then look for all kinds of wild species at National Bison Range.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Polson visit planner.

You can drive from Missoula to Polson in 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Polson are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Libby.

Things to do in Polson

Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Wild Trout Adventures, National Bison Range, Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 10:
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Flathead Lake ©
Flathead Lake
National Bison Range ©
National Bison Range
Miracle of America Museum ©
Miracle of America Museum

1
night
Libby

Libby ©
Libby is a city in and the county seat of Lincoln County, Montana. On the 11th (Sun), fly down the slopes at Turner Mountain Ski Area and then take in the views from Kootenai Falls Suspension Bridge.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Libby tour app.

Traveling by car from Polson to Libby takes 2.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. In April, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Eastsound.

Things to do in Libby

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 11:
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Turner Mountain Ski Area ©
Turner Mountain Ski Area
Kootenai Falls Suspension Bridge ©
Kootenai Falls Suspension Bridge

4
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Eastsound, Orcas Island

Eastsound ©
Eastsound is an unincorporated community on Orcas Island in San Juan County, Washington, United States.Eastsound is the largest population center on Orcas Island, the second-most populated and physically largest of the San Juan Islands. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shearwater Kayak Tours and Buck Bay Shellfish Farm. Spend the 14th (Wed) exploring nature at Sucia Island State Park. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Orcas Island Pottery, view the masterpieces at Orcas Island Artworks, learn more about the world around you at Summit Learning Center, and immerse yourself in nature at Jones Island State Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Eastsound trip itinerary builder site.

Explore your travel options from Libby to Eastsound with the Route module. Traveling from Libby in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 43°F in Eastsound. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Eastsound

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Olga, Turtleback Mountain
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Shearwater Kayak Tours ©
Shearwater Kayak Tours
Orcas Island Pottery ©
Orcas Island Pottery
Moran State Park ©
Moran State Park

5
nights
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

The tiny town of Friday Harbor is the largest village on the San Juan Islands, and it fits within just 2.6 km (1 sq mi) of space.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lime Kiln Point State Park and San Juan Islands Sculpture Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Lopez Island (Chimera Gallery & Shark Reef Sanctuary). And it doesn't end there: witness the site of a historic battle at American Camp, relax and rejuvenate at Lavendera Massage, make a trip to English Camp, and see the interesting displays at The Whale Museum.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Friday Harbor trip app.

Traveling by journey from Eastsound to Friday Harbor takes 1.5 hours. In April in Friday Harbor, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 42°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Whitefish.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

San Juan Island, Lopez Island
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 20:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Lime Kiln Point State Park ©
Lime Kiln Point State Park
American Camp ©
American Camp

5
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Whitefish

Whitefish ©
Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like State of Mind Fishing Charters LLC and Hidden Key Escape Games. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Whitefish: Bigfork (KEHOE'S AGATE SHOP, INC. & Swan River Nature Trail), Blacktail Mountain Ski Area (in Lakeside) and Hungry Horse Reservoir (in Hungry Horse). There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, don't miss a visit to Whitefish Pottery, play a few rounds at Whitefish Lake Golf Club, and stroll around Lone Pine State Park.

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You can fly from Friday Harbor to Whitefish in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Friday Harbor to Whitefish, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Whitefish when traveling from Friday Harbor in April, with lows around 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Whitefish

Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Kalispell, Bigfork, Blacktail Mountain Ski Area, Hungry Horse Reservoir, Glacier Highline
Find places to stay Apr 20 — 25:
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State of Mind Fishing Charters LLC ©
State of Mind Fishing Charters LLC
Hidden Key Escape Games ©
Hidden Key Escape Games
Spas

5
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Swiftcurrent Pass Hike and Swiftcurrent Mountain. When in Glacier National Park, make a side trip to see Home Ranch Bottoms in Polebridge, approximately Polebridge away. There's still lots to do: get outside with John's Lake Loop, contemplate the waterfront views at Bullhead Lake, hike along Avalanche Lake, and get a dose of the wild on Sun Tours.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Glacier National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Whitefish to Glacier National Park in 1.5 hours. In April in Glacier National Park, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 30°F at night. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Home Ranch Bottoms
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 30:
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Swiftcurrent Mountain ©
Swiftcurrent Mountain
Swiftcurrent Pass Hike ©
Swiftcurrent Pass Hike
Lake McDonald ©
Lake McDonald

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