50 days in Montana Itinerary

50 days in Montana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Montana travel planner

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Missoula
— 6 nights
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Butte
— 4 nights
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West Yellowstone
— 5 nights
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Bozeman
— 7 nights
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Billings
— 7 nights
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Helena
— 7 nights
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Great Falls
— 6 nights
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Whitefish
— 7 nights
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Missoula

— 6 nights
Missoula is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. Take a break from the city and head to National Bison Range and River Rafting & Tubing. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rattlesnake National Recreation Area and Ten Spoon Vineyard and Winery. Explore Missoula's surroundings by going to St. Ignatius Mission (in Saint Ignatius), Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana (in Charlo) and Garden of One Thousand Buddhas (in Arlee). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, get engrossed in the history at Fort Missoula Museum, explore the activities along Flathead Lake, and see human ingenuity at work at Kerr Dam.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Missoula travel planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Missoula. In April, daytime highs in Missoula are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Butte.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Butte

— 4 nights
Butte is a city in, and the county seat of Silver Bow County, Montana, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to Headframe Spirits and Old Montana Prison Complex. Grant-Kohrs Ranch and World Museum of Mining are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Butte's surroundings by going to Deer Lodge (Powell County Museum & Arts Foundation, Elk Ridge Brewing Company, &more), Bannack State Park (in Dillon) and Crystal Park (in Polaris). There's much more to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Philipsburg Brewing Company, see the interesting displays at MBMG Mineral Museum, look for gifts at Montana Gems of Philipsburg, and go deep underground at Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Butte vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Missoula to Butte takes 2 hours. Traveling from Missoula in April, expect Butte to be a bit cooler, temps between 52°F and 26°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Butte

Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

West Yellowstone

— 5 nights
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Explore hidden gems such as Earthquake Lake and Ousel Falls Trail. Get outdoors at Fishing Charters & Tours and Yellowstone River. Explore West Yellowstone's surroundings by going to Big Sky (Lone Peak & Grizzly Outfitters Ski & Backcountry Sports) and Wilderness Connection (in Gardiner). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, find something for the whole family at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, and look for gifts at Send it Home.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read West Yellowstone online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Butte to West Yellowstone in 3 hours. Traveling from Butte in April, you will find days in West Yellowstone are little chillier (44°F), and nights are about the same (22°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Bozeman

— 7 nights
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at American Computer & Robotics Museum and Gallatin History Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fishing Charters & Tours and Downtown Bozeman. Explore Bozeman's surroundings by going to Missouri Headwaters State Park (in Three Forks), Norris Hot Springs (in Norris) and Yellowstone Guidelines (in Livingston). On the 23rd (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Bridger Bowl. The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Gallatin Canyon, trot along with a tour on horseback, hike along Spirit of the North Sled Dog Adventures, and sample the fine beverages at Bozeman Spirits Distillery.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Bozeman tour planning website.

Getting from West Yellowstone to Bozeman by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from West Yellowstone in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Bozeman: highs are around 56°F and lows about 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Billings.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Billings

— 7 nights
Billings is the largest city in the state of Montana, and is the principal city of the Billings Metropolitan Area with a population of 166,855.Billings is located in the south-eastern portion of the state and is the seat of Yellowstone County, which had a 2015 population of 157,048. Get a sense of the local culture at Custer Battlefield Trading Company and Moss Mansion. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Red Lodge Mountain and Yellowstone Cellars & Winery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Billings: Red Lodge (Wild Bill Lake & Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary), Custer Battlefield Museum (in Garryowen) and Little Bighorn Battlefield (in Crow Agency). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at The Rimrocks, admire the masterpieces at Yellowstone Art Museum, pause for some photo ops at Pompeys Pillar National Monument, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Carter's Brewery and Tap Room.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Billings trip builder tool.

Drive from Bozeman to Billings in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Bozeman in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 34°F in Billings. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Billings

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Helena

— 7 nights
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County. Great Northern Carousel and Cathedral of St. Helena are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Mount Helena and Great Divide Montana Ski Area. Step out of Helena to go to Lincoln and see Blackfoot Pathways:Sculpture in the Wild, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Montana Historical Society Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Gates of the Mountains, steep yourself in history at Reeder's Alley, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Last Chance Gulch.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Helena trip maker tool.

Drive from Billings to Helena in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In May in Helena, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Great Falls.

Things to do in Helena

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Great Falls

— 6 nights
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Get a sense of the local culture at C.M. Russell Museum and Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. Escape the urban bustle at River's Edge Trail and Teton Pass Ski Area. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Great Falls: Fort Benton (Fort Benton Museums & Heritage Complex & Fort Benton Bridge) and Havre (Beneath the Streets & Triple Dog Brewing). There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Giant Springs State Park, play a few rounds at Valley View Garden Golf, get engrossed in the history at Ursuline Centre, and walk around Gibson Park.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, read our Great Falls travel app.

You can drive from Helena to Great Falls in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in May, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Whitefish.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Whitefish

— 7 nights
Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Take a break from the city and head to Whitefish Lake Golf Club and Glacier National Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Spas and Lone Pine State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Whitefish: Blacktail Mountain Ski Area (in Lakeside), Kootenai Falls Suspension Bridge (in Libby) and River Rafting & Tubing (in West Glacier). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at City Beach, sample the fine beverages at Glacier Distilling Company, hike along Swan River Nature Trail, and take an in-depth tour of Conrad Mansion.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Whitefish trip planner.

You can drive from Great Falls to Whitefish in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Whitefish

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

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.