15 days in Montana Itinerary

15 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana visit 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
— 3 nights
Drive
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Missoula
— 3 nights
Drive
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Glacier National Park
— 5 nights
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Garryowen

— 1 night
Garryowen is a private town in Big Horn County, Montana, United States. On the 31st (Tue), stroll through Rosebud Battlefield State Park. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the history at Little Bighorn Battlefield, then witness the site of a historic battle at Custer Battlefield Trading Company, and then explore the galleries of Custer Battlefield Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Garryowen day trip app.

Jacksonville to Garryowen is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Jacksonville, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Garryowen, ranging from highs of 86°F to lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can 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. On the 2nd (Thu), get outside with Outdoor Activities, 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. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Beehive Basin Trail, stroll through Big Sky Resort, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and finally cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Big Sky attractions tool.

Traveling by car from Garryowen to Big Sky takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Garryowen in September, things will get slightly colder in Big Sky: highs are around 64°F and lows about 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Big Sky

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Helena

— 3 nights
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedral of St. Helena and Grant-Kohrs Ranch. Step out of the city life by going to Gates of the Mountains and Montana Fishing Outfitters. Explore Helena's surroundings by going to Deer Lodge (Old Montana Prison Complex & Yesterday's Playthings) and World Museum of Mining (in Butte). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Helena and get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Helena tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Big Sky to Helena takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. In September, Helena is somewhat warmer than Big Sky - with highs of 73°F and lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Helena

Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Missoula

— 3 nights
Missoula is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. Escape the urban bustle at National Bison Range and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Get some historical perspective at Garnet Ghost Town and Garden of One Thousand Buddhas. Get out of town with these interesting Missoula side-trips: St. Ignatius Mission (in Saint Ignatius), The Sweet Palace (in Philipsburg) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Alberton). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center and stroll around Jacob Island Dog Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Missoula driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Helena to Missoula takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Missoula are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Missoula

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Going-to-the-Sun Road and Iceberg Lake Trail. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at St. Mary Lake and St.Mary Falls. Step out of Glacier National Park to go to East Glacier Park and see Aster Falls, which is approximately 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Two Medicine Lake, admire the verdant scenery at Logan Pass, get great views at Jackson Glacier Overlook, and admire the sheer force of Running Eagle Falls.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Glacier National Park holiday planner.

Drive from Missoula to Glacier National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In September, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 40°F. You will leave for home on the 14th (Tue).

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.