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 Rattlesnake National Recreation Area and Flathead Lake. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at National Bison Range and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Explore Missoula's surroundings by going to Garden of One Thousand Buddhas (in Arlee), River Rafting & Tubing (in Alberton) and St. Ignatius Mission (in Saint Ignatius). Next up on the itinerary: gain insight at University of Montana, get engrossed in the history at Fort Missoula Museum, admire the masterpieces at Missoula Art Museum, 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

Find places to stay Apr 5 — 11:

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 Old Montana Prison Complex and Bannack State Park. Grant-Kohrs Ranch and Montana Auto Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Butte's surroundings by going to Crystal Park (in Polaris), Deer Lodge (Elk Ridge Brewing Company & Yesterday's Playthings) and Philipsburg (Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine, Philipsburg Brewing Company, &more). There's still lots to do: sample the fine beverages at Headframe Spirits, take an in-depth tour of World Museum of Mining, admire the natural beauty at Old Lexington Stamp Mill and Gardens, and examine the collection at MBMG Mineral Museum.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Butte journey planner.

Traveling by car from Missoula to Butte takes 2 hours. In April, Butte is slightly colder than Missoula - with highs of 52°F and lows of 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Butte

Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 11 — 15:

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 Lone Peak. Get outdoors at Fishing Charters & Tours and Yellowstone River. Explore West Yellowstone's surroundings by going to Big Sky (Ousel Falls Trail & Grizzly Outfitters Ski & Backcountry Sports) and Wilderness Connection (in Gardiner). There's lots more to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, stroll through Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, 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

Find places to stay Apr 15 — 20:

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 Yellowstone Guidelines. Explore Bozeman's surroundings by going to Norris Hot Springs (in Norris), Ennis (Willies Distillery & Spirit of the North Sled Dog Adventures) and Missouri Headwaters State Park (in Three Forks). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Bozeman, hit the slopes at Big Sky Resort, see the sky in a new way at Museum of the Rockies, 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

Find places to stay Apr 20 — 27:

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 Yellowstone Cellars & Winery. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Red Lodge Mountain and Yellowstone Art Museum. 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). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at The Rimrocks, appreciate the history behind Pompeys Pillar National Monument, sample the tasty concoctions at Carter's Brewery and Tap Room, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Pictograph Cave State Park.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Billings trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bozeman to Billings takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Bozeman in April since evenings lows in Billings dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Billings

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 27 — May 4:

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 Reeder's Alley are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Mount Helena and Missouri River. Step out of Helena to go to Lincoln and see Blackfoot Pathways:Sculpture in the Wild, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Montana Historical Society Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of St. Helena, sample the tasty concoctions at Blackfoot River Brewing Co, and see what you can catch with Montana Fishing Outfitters.

Find out how to plan Helena trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Billings to Helena takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in May, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Helena

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 4 — 11:

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 Beneath the Streets. Escape the urban bustle at River's Edge Trail and Giant Springs State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Great Falls: Teton Pass Ski Area (in Choteau), Fort Benton (Fort Benton Museums & Heritage Complex & Fort Benton Bridge) and Triple Dog Brewing (in Havre). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, tee off at Valley View Garden Golf, contemplate the long history of First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bowser Brewing Company.

To find out how to plan a trip to Great Falls, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Helena to Great Falls takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in May, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Whitefish.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 11 — 17:

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 City Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Glacier National Park and Spas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Whitefish: Kootenai Falls Suspension Bridge (in Libby), River Rafting & Tubing (in West Glacier) and Blacktail Mountain Ski Area (in Lakeside). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Whitefish Depot, stroll through Swiftcurrent Falls, explore the world behind art at Hockaday Museum of Art, and grab your bike and head to Swan River Nature Trail.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Whitefish online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Whitefish takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Whitefish, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 38°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Whitefish

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 17 — 24:

Montana travel guide

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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.