22 days in Montana Itinerary

22 days in Montana Itinerary

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Helena
— 2 nights
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Columbia Falls
— 2 nights
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Missoula
— 2 nights
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Bozeman
— 15 nights

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Helena — 2 nights

Helena is the capital city of the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County. On the 11th (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of St. Helena, then contemplate the long history of Original Governor's Mansion, and then get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Montana Historical Society Museum, then explore the striking landscape of Gates of the Mountains, and then get to know the fascinating history of Great Northern Carousel.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Helena trip planning site.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Helena. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Columbia Falls.
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Columbia Falls — 2 nights

Gateway to Glacier National Park

Columbia Falls might serve as the gateway to Glacier National Park, but it's much more than just a place to lay your head.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Hidden Lake, admire the verdant scenery at Logan Pass, and then take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Jackson Glacier Overlook and then take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Columbia Falls planning tool.

You can drive from Helena to Columbia Falls in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Helena in August, expect little chillier with lows of 48°F in Columbia Falls. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Missoula.
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Missoula — 2 nights

Missoula is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): examine the collection at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Bison Range, stroll around Caras Park, and then get in on the family fun at A Carousel for Missoula.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Missoula route planner.

Traveling by car from Columbia Falls to Missoula takes 2.5 hours. In August in Missoula, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bozeman.
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Bozeman — 15 nights

Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bozeman: Horseback Riding Tours (in Gardiner), The Soldiers Chapel (in Big Sky) and Yellowstone National Park (Slough Creek, Specimen Ridge, &more). There's much more to do: look and learn at Museum of the Rockies, see the interesting displays at American Computer & Robotics Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Bozeman, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Middle Cottonwood Trailhead.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Bozeman trip planner.

Traveling by car from Missoula to Bozeman takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in August, and nighttime lows around 47°F.
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Montana travel guide

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The Crown of the Continent
With a population of only one million, Montana remains an untouched natural paradise of snowcapped peaks, expansive forests, and alpine lakes, dotted with Old West ghost towns, Indian reservations, and progressive urban communities. Appreciate the state's unique charm and beauty with a trip to Glacier National Park, where you can come face-to-face with Montana wildlife among its high peaks. Head to the state's largest cities, Billings and Missoula, for an array of historical attractions and cultural sightseeing.
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