18 days in Montana Itinerary

18 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana route 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
— 3 nights
Drive
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Helena
— 5 nights
Drive
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Great Falls
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saint Ignatius
— 2 nights
Drive
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Whitefish
— 4 nights
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Garryowen

— 1 night
Garryowen is a private town in Big Horn County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): take in the history at Rosebud Battlefield State Park. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the history at Custer Battlefield Museum, take in the history at Custer Battlefield Trading Company, and then take in the history at Little Bighorn Battlefield.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Garryowen trip planner.

Atlanta to Garryowen is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Atlanta to Garryowen is minus 2 hours. In April, Garryowen is colder than Atlanta - with highs of 8°F and lows of 8°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Big Sky.

Things to do in Garryowen

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Big Sky

— 3 nights
Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. Get outdoors at Fishing Charters & Tours and Grizzly Outfitters Ski & Backcountry Sports. Discover out-of-the-way places like Earthquake Lake and Ousel Falls Trail. Take a break from Big Sky with a short trip to Yellowstone Big Gun Fun in West Yellowstone, about 1 hour away. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lone Peak and hit the slopes at Big Sky Resort.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Big Sky trip maker app.

You can drive from Garryowen to Big Sky in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. While traveling from Garryowen, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Big Sky, ranging from highs of 44°F to lows of 22°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Helena.

Things to do in Big Sky

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Helena

— 5 nights
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County. Get some cultural insight at Great Northern Carousel and Montana Historical Society Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mount Helena and Gates of the Mountains. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helena: Ohrmann Museum & Gallery (in Drummond) and Deer Lodge (Yesterday's Playthings, Old Montana Prison Complex, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Helena, cast your line with Montana Fishing Outfitters, ponder the world of politics at Montana State Capitol, and explore the engaging exhibits at ExplorationWorks.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Helena route builder.

You can drive from Big Sky to Helena in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Big Sky in April; daily highs in Helena reach 57°F and lows reach 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Helena

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Great Falls

— 2 nights
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): trek along River's Edge Trail and then admire the masterpieces at C.M. Russell Museum. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, then take an in-depth tour of Ursuline Centre, and then immerse yourself in nature at Giant Springs State Park.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Great Falls trip maker.

Drive from Helena to Great Falls in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Great Falls, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 29°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Saint Ignatius.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Saint Ignatius

— 2 nights
St. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Garden of One Thousand Buddhas. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at National Bison Range, take in the history at St. Ignatius Mission, and then snap pictures at Natural Pier Bridge.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Saint Ignatius online road trip planner.

You can drive from Great Falls to Saint Ignatius in 3.5 hours. In April in Saint Ignatius, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 32°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Whitefish.

Things to do in Saint Ignatius

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Whitefish

— 4 nights
Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Get a sense of the local culture at Conrad Mansion and Sunti World Art Gallery. Get outdoors at Whitefish Lake Golf Club and Swan River Nature Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Whitefish: Howe’s Fishing – A Able/Mo Fisch Charters and Tours (in Bigfork) and Glacier National Park (in West Glacier). Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, don't miss a visit to Whitefish Depot, and sample the fine beverages at Glacier Distilling Company.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Whitefish route builder.

You can drive from Saint Ignatius to Whitefish in 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in Whitefish are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Whitefish

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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.