22 days in Montana Itinerary

22 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana tour itinerary maker

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Whitefish
— 3 nights
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Glacier National Park
— 6 nights
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Great Falls
— 2 nights
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Helena
— 3 nights
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West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
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Bozeman
— 4 nights
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Whitefish

— 3 nights
Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Explore Whitefish's surroundings by going to Swan Lake (in Bigfork) and West Glacier (Glacier National Park, River Rafting & Tubing, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Conrad Mansion, take in the exciting artwork at Sunti World Art Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Depot Park, and don't miss a visit to Whitefish Depot.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Whitefish tour planner.

Boston to Whitefish is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In September, Whitefish is little chillier than Boston - with highs of 70°F and lows of 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Whitefish

Nature · Parks · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 9 — 12:

Glacier National Park

— 6 nights

Crown of the Continent

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.
Glacier National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, appreciate the views at Logan Pass, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McDonald, and trek along Grinnell Glacier.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park trip planner.

Drive from Whitefish to Glacier National Park in 1.5 hours. September in Glacier National Park sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 18:

Great Falls

— 2 nights
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. On the 19th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at C.M. Russell Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and then admire the majestic nature at Giant Springs State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Ann Cathedral, then take an in-depth tour of Ursuline Centre, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sacagawea Springs, and finally tee off at Valley View Garden Golf.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Great Falls planner.

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Great Falls takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. In September in Great Falls, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Helena.

Things to do in Great Falls

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 20:

Helena

— 3 nights
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Venture out of the city with trips to Butte (Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives, World Museum of Mining, &more). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Gates of the Mountains, take an in-depth tour of Montana Historical Society Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Helena, and view the masterpieces at Archie Bray Foundation.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, read our Helena online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Great Falls to Helena by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Helena

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 20 — 23:

West Yellowstone

— 3 nights
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: Ousel Falls Trail (in Big Sky) and Wade Lake (in Ennis). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, trot along with a tour on horseback, get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the West Yellowstone trip planner.

Drive from Helena to West Yellowstone in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Helena in September: high temperatures in West Yellowstone hover around 64°F and lows are around 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:

Bozeman

— 4 nights
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Take a break from Bozeman with a short trip to Horseback Riding Tours in Gardiner, about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: see the sky in a new way at Museum of the Rockies, appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Bozeman, get engrossed in the history at American Computer & Robotics Museum, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

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You can drive from West Yellowstone to Bozeman in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from West Yellowstone in September, with highs in Bozeman at 72°F and lows at 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Bozeman

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 26 — 30:

Montana travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Wildlife Areas
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.