29 days in Southwest Montana Itinerary

29 days in Southwest Montana Itinerary

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Fly to Gallatin Field, Drive to Virginia City
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Virginia City
— 4 nights
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Dillon
— 5 nights
Drive
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Butte
— 6 nights
Drive
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Philipsburg
— 3 nights
Drive
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Helena
— 10 nights
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Virginia City

— 4 nights
Virginia City is a town in and the county seat of Madison County, Montana, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Virginia City side-trips: Ennis (Ennis RV Village, Cliff Lake, &more). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Virginia City National Historic Landmark, sample the fine beverages at Willies Distillery, get engrossed in the history at J.Spencer Watkins Memorial Museum, and walk around Ennis Lion's Club Park.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Virginia City day trip website.

Durham to Virginia City is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Durham to Virginia City, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Durham in July, you will find days in Virginia City are a bit cooler (85°F), and nights are colder (50°F). On the 14th (Wed), you'll travel to Dillon.

Things to do in Virginia City

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Dillon

— 5 nights
Dillon is a city in and the county seat of Beaverhead County, Montana, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dillon: Polaris (Crystal Park & Elkhorn Hot Springs) and Spirit of the North Sled Dog Adventures (in Ennis). There's much more to do: mingle with the ghosts of the past at Bannack State Park, see human ingenuity at work at Clark Canyon Dam, explore the activities along Beaverhead River, and stop by The Bookstore.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Dillon day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Virginia City to Dillon takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in July, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Butte.

Things to do in Dillon

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Butte

— 6 nights
Butte is a city in, and the county seat of Silver Bow County, Montana, United States. Explore Butte's surroundings by going to Deer Lodge (Yesterday's Playthings, Old Montana Prison Complex, &more) and Anaconda (Georgetown Lake & Lost Creek State Park). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at World Museum of Mining, enjoy breathtaking views from Granite Mountain Memorial Overlook, steep yourself in history at Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives, and take an in-depth tour of Copper King Mansion.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Butte trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Dillon to Butte in 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Butte are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Philipsburg.

Things to do in Butte

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Philipsburg

— 3 nights
Philipsburg is a town in and the county seat of Granite County, Montana, United States. Philipsburg is known for shopping, breweries & distilleries, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: discover the riches below the earth's surface at Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine, see a world frozen in time at Granite Ghost Town State Park, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Philipsburg Brewing Company, and stop by The Sweet Palace.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Philipsburg trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Butte to Philipsburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Philipsburg are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. On the 28th (Wed), you'll travel to Helena.

Things to do in Philipsburg

Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Helena

— 10 nights
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County. Spend the 2nd (Mon) exploring nature at Helena National Forest. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Gates of the Mountains, get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Montana Blue Jewel Mine, and explore the activities along Missouri River.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Helena driving holiday planner.

Getting from Philipsburg to Helena by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Philipsburg in July, things will get a bit warmer in Helena: highs are around 89°F and lows about 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Helena

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors