12 days in Montana Itinerary

12 days in Montana Itinerary

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Bozeman
— 1 night
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Cooke City
— 1 night
3
West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
4
Missoula
— 1 night
5
Helena
— 1 night
6
Great Falls
— 1 night
7
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights

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Bozeman

Bozeman ©
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): explore the activities along Gallatin River.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Bozeman trip itinerary builder.

Syracuse to Bozeman is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Syracuse in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 47°F in Bozeman. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cooke City.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Missouri Headwaters State Park
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American Computer & Robotics Museum ©
American Computer & Robotics Museum
Missouri Headwaters State Park ©
Missouri Headwaters State Park
Gallatin River ©
Gallatin River

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Cooke City

Cooke City ©
Cooke City-Silver Gate is a census-designated place (CDP) in Park County, Montana, United States. On the 31st (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Cooke City Montana Museum, learn more about the world around you at Yellowstone Trading Post, and then take a memorable drive along Beartooth Hwy.

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You can drive from Bozeman to Cooke City in 3 hours. Traveling from Bozeman in August, expect Cooke City to be little chillier, temps between 70°F and 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Cooke City

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Beartooth Hwy
Find places to stay Aug 30 — 31:
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Cooke City Montana Museum ©
Cooke City Montana Museum
Yellowstone Trading Post ©
Yellowstone Trading Post

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West Yellowstone

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Earthquake Lake and Gibbon Falls. Escape the urban bustle at Mammoth Hot Springs and Tower Fall. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around West Yellowstone: Yellowstone National Park (Petrified Tree, Old Gardiner Road, &more). The adventure continues: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Yellowstone, and look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the West Yellowstone holiday planning website.

You can drive from Cooke City to West Yellowstone in 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in West Yellowstone are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Missoula.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Gibbon Falls ©
Gibbon Falls
Artists’ Paintpots ©
Artists’ Paintpots

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Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and then find something for the whole family at A Carousel for Missoula.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Missoula trip maker.

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Missoula takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from West Yellowstone in September: high temperatures in Missoula hover around 72°F and lows are around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Missoula

Theme Parks · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 4:
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Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation ©
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
A Carousel for Missoula ©
A Carousel for Missoula

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Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. On the 5th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Gates of the Mountains, then get engrossed in the history at Montana Historical Society Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Helena, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Helena road trip tool.

Getting from Missoula to Helena by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in September, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Helena

Wildlife · Nature · Parks
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Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Montana Historical Society Museum ©
Montana Historical Society Museum
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena

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Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): see the interesting displays at C.M. Russell Museum, then immerse yourself in nature at Giant Springs State Park, and then hike along River's Edge Trail.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Great Falls day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Helena to Great Falls takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Great Falls, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 44°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 6:
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C.M. Russell Museum ©
C.M. Russell Museum
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park
River's Edge Trail ©
River's Edge Trail

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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.
On the 7th (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at St.Mary Falls, and then explore and take pictures at Going-to-the-Sun Road. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Grinnell Glacier, then trek along Highline Trail, and then stroll through Iceberg Lake Trail.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Glacier National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in September, and nighttime lows around 40°F. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 9:
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Virginia Falls ©
Virginia Falls
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Highline Trail ©
Highline Trail

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