8 days in Montana Itinerary

8 days in Montana Itinerary

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8 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Tampa
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Whitefish
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Bozeman
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h
End: Tampa

1
night
Whitefish

Whitefish ©
Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): tee off at Whitefish Lake Golf Club, enjoy the sand and surf at City Beach, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Great Northern Brewing Company, then make a trip to Whitefish Depot, and finally sample the fine beverages at Glacier Distilling Company.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Whitefish trip itinerary planning app .

Tampa to Whitefish is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Tampa to Whitefish due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tampa in September, things will get cooler in Whitefish: highs are around 70°F and lows about 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Whitefish

Parks Outdoors Golf

Side Trip

Glacier Distilling Company
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City Beach ©
City Beach
Whitefish Lake Golf Club ©
Whitefish Lake Golf Club
Glacier Distilling Company ©
Glacier Distilling Company

2
nights
Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Jackson Glacier Overlook, take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at St.Mary Falls, then admire all the interesting features of Going-to-the-Sun Road, and finally hike along Highline Trail. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Running Eagle Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at St. Mary Lake, and then hike along Grinnell Glacier.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park vacation builder website .

You can drive from Whitefish to Glacier National Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in September, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Helena.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Virginia Falls ©
Virginia Falls
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Highline Trail ©
Highline Trail

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Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Helena, get engrossed in the history at Montana Historical Society Museum, then explore the striking landscape of Gates of the Mountains, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Helena.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Helena tour planner .

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Helena takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Helena can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Helena

Nature Parks Trails
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Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Mount Helena ©
Mount Helena
Montana Historical Society Museum ©
Montana Historical Society Museum

2
nights
West Yellowstone

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Earthquake Lake, explore the activities along Hebgen Lake, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Two Top, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the West Yellowstone sightseeing planning website .

Drive from Helena to West Yellowstone in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Helena in October; daily highs in West Yellowstone reach 50°F and lows reach 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©

1
night
Bozeman

Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Bozeman sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Bozeman takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from West Yellowstone in October, expect nights in Bozeman to be about the same, around 30°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Bozeman

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Fishing Charters & Tours

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