14 days in Montana Itinerary

14 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana tour planner

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Make it your trip
Fly to Billings Logan International Airport, Drive to Garryowen
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Garryowen
— 1 night
Drive
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Big Sky
— 2 nights
Drive
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Helena
— 2 nights
Drive
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Missoula
— 3 nights
Drive
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Glacier National Park
— 5 nights
Fly

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Garryowen

— 1 night
Garryowen is a private town in Big Horn County, Montana, United States. On the 8th (Sun), take in the history at Rosebud Battlefield State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the history at Little Bighorn Battlefield, then take in the history at Custer Battlefield Trading Company, and then get engrossed in the history at Custer Battlefield Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Garryowen trip planning website.

Boston to Garryowen is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Boston to Garryowen due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Boston in August, expect little chillier with lows of 52°F in Garryowen. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Big Sky.

Things to do in Garryowen

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Big Sky

— 2 nights
Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lone Peak, then trek along Ousel Falls Trail, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Soldiers Chapel. Keep things going the next day: trek along Beehive Basin Trail, then fly down the slopes at Big Sky Resort, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and finally cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Big Sky holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Garryowen to Big Sky takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Garryowen in August; daily highs in Big Sky reach 75°F and lows reach 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Helena.

Things to do in Big Sky

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

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 12th (Thu), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Helena, then get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol, and then stroll through Gates of the Mountains. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see what you can catch with Montana Fishing Outfitters and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Helena.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Helena day trip tool.

You can drive from Big Sky to Helena in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Big Sky in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Helena: highs are around 86°F and lows about 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Helena

Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Missoula

— 3 nights
Missoula is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. Discover out-of-the-way places like National Bison Range and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Popular historic sites such as Grant-Kohrs Ranch and St. Ignatius Mission are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Missoula: River Rafting & Tubing (in Alberton), Old Montana Prison Complex (in Deer Lodge) and Garden of One Thousand Buddhas (in Arlee). There's still lots to do: look for gifts at The Sweet Palace and see the interesting displays at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Missoula online holiday planner.

You can drive from Helena to Missoula in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Missoula can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Missoula

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Glacier National Park

— 5 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Iceberg Lake Trail and St.Mary Falls. Take a break from the city and head to Going-to-the-Sun Road and Swiftcurrent Falls. Change things up with a short trip to Aster Falls in East Glacier Park (about 56 minutes away). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Fishercap Lake, admire the sheer force of Running Eagle Falls, appreciate the views at Logan Pass, and get great views at Jackson Glacier Overlook.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Glacier National Park sightseeing planning website.

Drive from Missoula to Glacier National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In August, daytime highs in Glacier National Park are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. On the 21st (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Montana travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Nature & Parks
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.