60 days in Montana Itinerary

60 days in Montana Itinerary

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

6
nights
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Visit Cathedral of St. Helena and Great Northern Carousel for their historical value. Visiting Gates of the Mountains and Mount Helena will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Montana Historical Society Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Hauser Lake, go deep underground at Last Chance Gulch, and immerse yourself in nature at Black Sandy State Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Helena day trip planning website.

Pittsburgh to Helena is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Pittsburgh to Helena due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Pittsburgh in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Helena, with highs around °F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Helena

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Mount Helena ©
Mount Helena
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena

6
nights
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Get outdoors at Giant Springs State Park and River's Edge Trail. Get some historical perspective at Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and Holy Spirit Catholic Parish. Explore Great Falls' surroundings by going to Havre (Beneath the Streets & Triple Dog Brewing) and Fort Benton (White Cliffs, Fort Benton Museums & Heritage Complex, &more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, get engrossed in the history at Ursuline Centre, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Ann Cathedral, and brush up on your military savvy at Malmstrom Museum and Air Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Great Falls trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Helena to Great Falls in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Great Falls, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fort Benton, Havre, First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 24:
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C.M. Russell Museum ©
C.M. Russell Museum
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park

12
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Avalanche Lake and Highline Trail. Get outdoors at Going-to-the-Sun Road and Trail of the Cedars. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Glacier National Park: Home Ranch Bottoms (in Polebridge) and Aster Falls (in East Glacier Park). Spend the 27th (Tue) exploring nature at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Iceberg Lake Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier, take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls, and explore the activities along Bowman Lake.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park holiday planner.

Drive from Great Falls to Glacier National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In July, daytime highs in Glacier National Park are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Whitefish.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Home Ranch Bottoms, Aster Falls
Find places to stay Jul 24 — Aug 5:
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Highline Trail ©
Highline Trail
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park ©
Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park

6
nights
Whitefish

Whitefish ©
Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Conrad Mansion and Hockaday Museum of Art. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kootenai Falls Suspension Bridge and Glacier Distilling Company. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Whitefish: Ross Creek Cedar Grove Scenic Area (in Troy), West Glacier (River Rafting & Tubing & Glacier National Park) and Kalispell (Wild Horse Island State Park & Flathead Lake State Park). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at City Beach, explore the landscape on two wheels at Swan River Nature Trail, sample the tasty concoctions at Great Northern Brewing Company, and tee off at Whitefish Lake Golf Club.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Whitefish trip builder app.

Getting from Glacier National Park to Whitefish by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Missoula.

Things to do in Whitefish

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kalispell, Coram, West Glacier, Ross Creek Cedar Grove Scenic Area, Swan River Nature Trail
Find places to stay Aug 5 — 11:
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Glacier Distilling Company ©
Glacier Distilling Company
Glacier National Park ©
Glacier National Park
Conrad Mansion ©
Conrad Mansion

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Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. Get some cultural insight at Garnet Ghost Town and Fort Missoula Museum. Get some historical perspective at Daly Mansion Preservation Trust and St. Ignatius Mission. Get out of town with these interesting Missoula side-trips: Polson (Miracle of America Museum & Flathead Lake), Seeley Lake Nordic Trails (in Seeley Lake) and National Bison Range (in Moiese). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Como, stroll through Rattlesnake National Recreation Area, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Missoula trip website.

You can drive from Whitefish to Missoula in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Missoula can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Butte.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Polson, Hamilton, St. Ignatius Mission, Seeley Lake Nordic Trails, Garden of One Thousand Buddhas
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 18:
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Garnet Ghost Town ©
Garnet Ghost Town
National Bison Range ©
National Bison Range
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation ©
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

4
nights
Butte

Butte ©
Butte is a city in, and the county seat of Silver Bow County, Montana, United States. Bannack State Park and World Museum of Mining are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Grant-Kohrs Ranch and Clark Chateau. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Butte: Deer Lodge (Yesterday's Playthings, Old Montana Prison Complex, &more), Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park (in Three Forks) and Philipsburg (Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine, Philipsburg Brewing Company, &more). There's more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Granite Mountain Memorial Overlook and see the interesting displays at MBMG Mineral Museum.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Butte using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Missoula to Butte takes 2 hours. Traveling from Missoula in August, expect Butte to be little chillier, temps between °F and °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Butte

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Deer Lodge, Philipsburg, Bannack State Park, Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 22:
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Philipsburg Brewing Company ©
Philipsburg Brewing Company
Bannack State Park ©
Bannack State Park
Grant-Kohrs Ranch ©
Grant-Kohrs Ranch

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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 Ousel Falls Trail and Lone Peak. Escape the urban bustle at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and Horseback Riding Tours. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Earthquake Lake, take in the awesome beauty at Two Top, take a memorable tour with Tours, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read West Yellowstone trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Butte to West Yellowstone in 3 hours. Traveling from Butte in August, expect West Yellowstone to be little chillier, temps between °F and °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Big Sky
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 26:
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Lone Peak ©
Lone Peak

2
nights
Gardiner

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): stop by Parks' Fly Shop, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then trot along with a tour on horseback. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Dailey Lake and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilderness Connection.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Gardiner trip tool.

Drive from West Yellowstone to Gardiner in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in August, and nighttime lows around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bozeman.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Dailey Lake
Find places to stay Aug 26 — 28:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Horseback Riding Tours
Dailey Lake ©
Dailey Lake

6
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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like American Computer & Robotics Museum and Nevada City Ghost Town. Visit Virginia City National Historic Landmark and The Soldiers Chapel for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Bozeman side-trips: Norris Hot Springs (in Norris), Missouri Headwaters State Park (in Three Forks) and Willies Distillery (in Ennis). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Gallatin River, stroll through Beehive Basin Trail, hit the slopes at Big Sky Resort, and take in breathtaking views at Gallatin Canyon.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Bozeman trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gardiner to Bozeman takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Gardiner in August, with highs in Bozeman at °F and lows at °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Billings.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Big Sky, Norris Hot Springs, Nevada City Ghost Town, Virginia City National Historic Landmark, Missouri Headwaters State Park
Find places to stay Aug 28 — Sep 3:
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Missouri Headwaters State Park ©
Missouri Headwaters State Park
Virginia City National Historic Landmark
Virginia City National Historic Landmark
American Computer & Robotics Museum ©
American Computer & Robotics Museum

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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. Your inner history buff will appreciate Custer Battlefield Trading Company and Little Bighorn Battlefield. Custer Battlefield Museum and Big Horn County Historical Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Billings: Red Lodge (Wild Bill Lake & Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary) and Pompeys Pillar National Monument (in Pompeys Pillar). There's much more to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, take an in-depth tour of Western Heritage Center, explore the striking landscape at The Rimrocks, and see the interesting displays at Moss Mansion.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Billings trip planner.

Drive from Bozeman to Billings in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Bozeman in September, Billings is a bit warmer at night with lows of °F. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Billings

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Red Lodge, Crow Agency, Custer Battlefield Museum, Big Horn County Historical Museum, Pompeys Pillar National Monument
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 9:
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Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary
Custer Battlefield Trading Company ©
Custer Battlefield Trading Company
Custer Battlefield Museum ©
Custer Battlefield Museum

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