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A woman enjoying the beauty in Glacier National Park, Montana during the best Montana road trip

Montana is located in the Northwestern part of the United States. It is the fourth largest state in the country, but one of the least populated. There are so many beautiful and adventurous things to do in the state of Montana and it is one of the best states to road trip through!

The state of Montana is home to two big National ParksGlacier National Park and part of Yellowstone National Park. It also holds seven State Forests and 53 State Parks.

Two women in Glacier National Park, Montana

During late September 2020, I did a girls’ mini road trip with my cousin in the Western states of Montana, Wyoming and Colorado.

We started our road trip in Kalispell, Montana and spent two days exploring Whitefish and Glacier National Park.

From there, we drove south and explored the National Bison Range, Missoula and Bozeman.

A big bison at National Bison Range during the best Montana road trip

Next, we made our way into Wyoming and spent two nights in the charming Western town of Cody while we explored Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park.

We then ended our trip enjoying the beauty of Steamboat Springs, Colorado before flying home from Denver.

Both my cousin and I had the time of our lives exploring this breathtaking part of the country for eight days and we fell in love with all of the amazing places we visited during the best Montana road trip.

Stunning St. Mary Falls in Glacier National Park, Montana

In this blog post, discover the best spots to visit in Montana during a Western road trip.

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Getting to Montana:

A woman enjoying beautiful lake views during the best Montana road trip

Since my cousin and I started our road trip in the Glacier National Park area of Montana, we flew into Glacier Park International Airport, which is also known as Kalispell’s airport.

Kalispell isn’t a major city here in the United States, so if you are flying domestically, you will most likely have a layover in another city. (My layover was in Denver and my cousin’s layover was in Dallas.) You could find affordable flights into Kalispell through Skyscanner!

A lonely road in Montana

Once you arrive in Kalispell, you will need to pick up your rental car for your road trip. (I recommend booking your rental car in advance like we did.)

Of course, if you already live out west and are doing a road trip from your home or if you’re doing a cross-country road trip, you could obviously travel around with your own vehicle.

(Click here if you are planning to road trip around the United States and want to rent an RV.)

Best Places to Stay on a Montana Road Trip:

Beautiful lake views in Glacier National Park

Our road trip out west was eight days long and we spent three and a half of those days in Montana. We stayed in Kalispell for two nights and Bozeman for one night.

(Another great town to stay in near Glacier National Park is Whitefish. Kalispell and Whitefish are 20 minutes apart from each other. It will take you over a half hour to get to the west entrance of Glacier National Park from Whitefish and over 45 minutes from Kalispell.)  

Below are my hotel recommendations for when you stay in both Kalispell/Whitefish and Bozeman:

The Lodge at Whitefish Lake during sunset

Kalispell/Whitefish, Montana:

Our Hotel: SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Kalispell, MT

Luxury Hotel Recommendation: The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT

Boutique Hotel Recommendation: The Firebrand Hotel, Whitefish, MT

Mid-Budget Hotel Recommendation: Duck Inn Lodge, Whitefish, MT

Budget Hotel Recommendation: Cedar Creek Lodge, Columbia Falls, MT

Rentals: Airbnb or Vrbo

Bozeman, Montana:

Our Hotel: Hampton Inn Bozeman, Bozeman, MT

Luxury Hotel Recommendation: Kimpton Armory Hotel Bozeman, Bozeman, MT

Boutique Hotel Recommendation: RSVP Hotel, Bozeman, MT

Mid-Budget Hotel Recommendation: The Lark, Bozeman, MT

Budget Hotel Recommendation: The Outpost Montana, Belgrade, MT

Rentals: Airbnb or Vrbo

Best Montana Road Trip Spots:

A woman enjoying the best spots on a Montana road trip

Downtown Kalispell, Montana:

During a trip to Montana, I highly recommend checking out historic downtown Kalispell, especially if you’re staying in the city.

Some of the top things to do in downtown Kalispell are shop through Western Outdoor, which is a Western store that includes cowboy boots and hats as well as fun Western apparel!

I also suggest you grab delicious barbecue at The Desoto Grill and enjoy some local brews at Kalispell Brewing Company, which dates back to 1894.

In addition to shopping, eating and drinking, I recommend taking the time to learn about Kalispell’s history. Some of the buildings in the downtown area date back to the late 1800s/early 1900s.

If you have the time, definitely check out the Conrad Mansion Museum, the Hockaday Museum of Art, Kalispell Grand Hotel and the Northwest Montana History Museum.

Whitefish, Montana:

A beautiful sunset in Whitefish Lake

When visiting the Glacier National Park area, you cannot miss out on spending time in Whitefish.

Known as one of the “Top 25 Ski Towns in the World” by National Geographic, Whitefish is a beautiful and fun year-round destination that not only offers a renowned winter resort during the colder months, it also has wonderful restaurants, boutique stores, coffee shops and fun outdoor adventures.

Whitefish Lake is over 5.2 square miles and it is one of the more peaceful and serene lakes in Montana.

Sunset views of Whitefish Lake

It is a must that you visit Whitefish Lake during a Montana road trip because it is one of the best places to enjoy being on the water. Not only could you swim and sunbathe on the lake at Whitefish City Beach, you could also rent a boat, jet ski, fish, kayak and more. Click here!

The town of Whitefish also offers great restaurants and bars to all of its visitors! During our first night in Whitefish, my cousin and I enjoyed a few Montana brews at Great Northern Bar & Grill, which has 29 beers on tap.

This place is so much fun as it offers arcade games, pool tables, live music and an outdoor biergarten. If you are hungry, they also have great food!

A beer from Great Northern Bar and Grill in Whitefish, Montana

After sipping our beers, we grabbed dinner at Casey’s, which is a great American restaurant and bar that offers a woodsy-chic ambiance, delicious food and drinks as well as live entertainment. They even have a rooftop where you could enjoy views of the surrounding Rocky Mountains! Unfortunately, the rooftop closes once the summer is over. You could still have a great time indoors though!

During my time at Casey’s, I got a grilled chicken sandwich and my cousin got a burger. Everything was great! We even did a small whiskey tasting, since it is a staple in Montana.

A chicken sandwich from Casey's in Whitefish, Montana

On our second evening, we savored a delicious Southern dinner at Tupelo Grille in downtown Whitefish where I had the opportunity to enjoy a taste of New Orleans in Montana.

I got the Zydeco Combo that included shrimp and crawfish cake, crawfish étouffée, fried catfish, grilled shrimp and jambalaya. It was delicious! My cousin got the bison filet and loved it as well.

A cajun dinner from Tupelo Grille in Whitefish, Montana

During our dinner at Tupelo Grille, we got to sit in the lounge and watch a local band perform. It was such a fun place!

Since Montana is also known for its craft beer scene, I recommend taking advantage of visiting a brewery during your time in the state.

One of the best Montana breweries to visit on a road trip is Bonsai Brewing Project in Whitefish. The brewery is located in a cute house and there is also a biergarten outside on the lawn.

Bonsai Brewing Project’s primary focus are hopped IPAs, complex barrel aged sours and strong, but tasty beers. They also have a variety of brews to reflect the season.

Glacier National Park:

Two cousins in Glacier National Park, Montana

One of the most beautiful National Parks I visited in the United States is Glacier National Park.

It is absolutely a MUST that you visit Glacier National Park during a Montana road trip as it is one of the best places to see alpine meadows, deep forests, waterfalls, mighty glaciers and hundreds of glistening lakes.

Glacier National Park was first established as a National Park in 1910 and it includes mountain ranges that were carved by prehistoric ice rivers.

Beautiful small lakes in Glacier National Park

Some awesome wildlife that you could see within the park are Grizzly Bears, lynx, Black Bears, moose, wolves, Mountain Lions, Bighorn Sheep, elk, Mule Deer, White-Tailed Deer, coyotes, wolverines, badgers, beavers, otters, porcupines, mink, bats, a variety of birds and sea life.

Due to timing, we only spent one full day in Glacier National Park, but if you are looking to see and experience everything, I recommend spending a full week there.

There are numerous hiking trails and spectacular places to see in Glacier National Park. It is epic!

A woman having a great hike in Glacier National Park

Some of the popular hikes to do in Glacier National Park are to Iceberg Lake, which is located in the northern part of the park; Grinnell Glacier, which is a little south of Iceberg Lake; the Highline Trail, which is a long, but scenic route; Hidden Lake Trail and Overlook, which is the scenic hike my cousin and I did; St. Mary and Virginia Falls, which is the other hike my cousin and I did to see jaw dropping waterfalls and Avalanche Lake Loop, which is a beautiful hike through a cedar forest to a breathtaking lake.

Other great activities to do in the park is see the sunrise at Lake McDonald and take a glacier boat tour.

(Glacier National Park is also not too far from the Canadian border. I recommend combining this trip with an adventure to Banff National Park!)

Gorgeous views of Lake McDonald in Montana

(Please note that is costs $35 USD per vehicle (standard car) to get into most big USA National Parks and $10 USD per vehicle for most State Parks. It costs more for commercial vans, buses and tours. The $35 passes are valid for seven consecutive days. If you are doing a road trip where you know you will be seeing a lot of National Parks along the way, I recommend getting the America the Beautiful Pass for $80 USD. You will definitely save money that way!)

What to do in Glacier National Park in 1 Day:

A woman enjoying her time in Glacier National Park

My cousin and I entered Glacier National Park through the west entrance. When you first enter the park, there is a welcome center with gift shops where you could purchase hiking apparel, necessities and accessories that best suits the weather.

We visited Glacier National Park at the end of September and during that time of the year, the weather could range drastically from warm, sunny days to rainy, cold days and snow could also make an appearance.  

Beautiful glaciers on the best Montana road trip

During our time in Glacier National Park, the weather was in the high 40s/low 50s (Fahrenheit) and it was also a rainy day. I wore insulated leggings, a warm black sweater with layers, an insulated rain jacket, a beanie, warm hiking socks, wool gloves and hiking boots. (Check out my Montana packing guide below.)

In addition to dressing properly, I highly recommend purchasing bear spray for your adventures in Glacier National Park. There are a lot of Grizzlies around the park and there is no guarantee of your safety.

Bears are extremely wild animals and have unfortunately injured and even killed some visitors within Glacier National Park. Bear spray has proven to be effective and it also prevents injury to both humans and the bears.

Beautiful mountains in Glacier National Park

Please, always be mindful if you are approached by a bear and don’t ever use a firearm!

When you are hiking in Grizzly country, make sure you are minding your own business, stay on the hiking paths and trails, make regular noise (such as talking, listening to music or even bring a bear bell with you) so that the bear(s) in the area are well aware that you are around and that you don’t surprise them out of the blue.

Drive the Going-to-the-Sun Road:

Logan Pass in Glacier National Park

Going-to-the-Sun Road is a breathtaking 50-mile scenic road that was completed in 1932. It is one of the best things to do during a Montana road trip! (Please also fill up your tank of gas before entering Glacier National Park.)

When you arrive in Glacier National Park, you will most likely have to take this breathtaking road to get to certain spots in the park, but I recommend driving the whole route. (It will take you around two hours to drive the entire Going-to-the-Sun Road.)

Breathtaking views of Logan Pass in Glacier National Park

The Going-to-the-Sun Road spans the width of Glacier National Park and it goes over the spectacular Logan Pass, crossing over the Continental Divide.

The Continental Divide runs through North and South America and it separates the water that runs toward the Pacific Ocean from the water that runs toward the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans as well as the Gulf of Mexico. Most of the divide runs along the crest of the Rocky Mountains.

Beautiful views of Glacier National Park

Popular hikes and iconic spots in Glacier National Park can be found along the Going-to-the-Sun Road and you could see almost every type of terrain in the park such as glacial lakes, enchanting cedar forests and alpine tundra.

Watch the Sunrise on Lake McDonald:

A woman on the best Montana road trip

One thing to note about Montana is that the sun doesn’t rise until closer to 8am (at least during the end of September). Since the sun rises a little later than usual, it is a lot easier to catch the sunrise in the park.

One of the top places to see the sunrise in Glacier National Park is at Lake McDonald.

A woman enjoying sunrise at Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park

Overall, Lake McDonald is 10 miles long and 500 feet deep. It is the largest lake in the park and a must-see, since you could admire all of the high glacier peaks. It is absolutely breathtaking!

Enjoy the Views of Hidden Lake Overlook Trail:

A woman enjoying the views of Hidden Lake Overlook

After driving along the scenic Logan Pass, we stopped at the Logan Pass Visitor Center where we hiked the Hidden Lake Overlook Trail. (The hike is 2.8 miles round trip and it is considered moderate.)

Behind the visitor’s center, there is a boardwalk that takes you to one of the most scenic areas in the park. (It reminded me of Iceland.)

Breathtaking views of the Hidden Lake trail in Glacier National Park

The boardwalk continues on until you reach a dirt trail that leads you to the Hidden Pass. It was one of the most beautiful spots in the park and we even got to see other stunning nature.

Once you reach the overlook, you could enjoy the stunning views of Hidden Lake Sperry Glacier.

Views of the Hidden Lake Sperry Glacier in Glacier National Park

You can continue on past the overlook, but please note that the trail gets very steep. During our time there, the other trail was closed due to high Grizzly Bear activity.

Since it was raining when we did the Hidden Lake hike, the visibility wasn’t the best, but we did see clouds pass through very quickly, which was so cool!

Hike to St. Mary Falls and Virginia Falls:

A woman on the St. Mary Falls hike in Glacier National Park

Another must-do hike in Glacier National Park is the 3.1-mile round trip hike to St. Mary and Virginia Falls!

After we completed the Hidden Lake hike, we got back in our car and drove a little further down the Going-to-the-Sun Road to the St. Mary Falls trail.

St. Mary Falls in Glacier National Park

Since there was limited parking in St. Mary Falls parking lot, we parked a little down the road that allowed us to see part of the Sunrift Gorge, which was absolutely beautiful!

A woman at Sunrift Gorge in Glacier National Park

When we finally reached the St. Mary Falls trail, we hiked through burnt trees from a former wildfire, over a bridge to a viewing point where we were able to enjoy the mesmerizing views of the falls.

Virginia Falls in Glacier National Park during the best Montana road trip

Overall, St. Mary Falls is a fairly easy hike and you could continue on past the waterfalls and up Virginia Creek to where you could see Virginia Falls. It is absolutely breathtaking!

Hike Trail of the Cedars to Avalanche Lake Trail:

Avalanche Lake in Glacier National Park

If you have extra time in Glacier National Park, I highly recommend hiking into the Trail of the Cedars that leads to the popular Avalanche Lake Trail. The trail is 4.6 miles round trip and it is considered a moderate hike.

Once you arrive at the stunning Avalanche Lake, you will be astonished by its beauty! The lake itself is rimmed with steep cliffs and cascading waterfalls all around.

Savor Huckleberry Pie:

Huckleberry pie from Montana

Huckleberry is a fruit that is found in Northwestern Montana. Locals will take these delicious berries and create tasty treats with them such as huckleberry pie.

After our fun filled day in Glacier National Park, we treated ourselves to a mouth warming piece of huckleberry pie at The Huckleberry Patch in Hungry Horse (it is on the way back to Whitefish and Kalispell).

This super adorable country store and café has homemade huckleberry jams, candies, licorice, baking mixes, lip balms, soaps and so much more. It is a huckleberry heaven!

Overall, the huckleberry pie we had was amazing and we also bought licorice to enjoy during the remainder of our road trip. Definitely do not miss out on visiting this awesome spot when you are in the Glacier National Park area.

National Bison Range:

A bison from the National Bison Range

One of the best Montana road trip stops is the National Bison Range in Charlo, MT. It will take a little less than two hours to drive from Kalispell and a little over two hours to drive from Whitefish to the National Bison Range. (It is south of both of those cities.)

Bison mainly reside in the Great Plains and Montana is one of the last states out west where you could find them. The other states where you can spot bison are in North and South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska and Oklahoma.

Bison in Montana

It was so cool seeing a bison in person for the first time! They are such fascinating animals!

In the late 1800’s, bison reached a low of 100 in North America after having a population of 30 to 60 million!

During the year of 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt established the National Bison Range for the conservation of bison. Since then, the National Bison Range in Montana played an important role in the successful recovery of these big fury cuties. Today, 250-300 bison call this amazing refuge home!

Breathtaking views on the best road trip in Montana

The National Bison Range is a small, low-rolling mountain that is connected to the Mission Mountain Range. The elevation of this beautiful range varies from over 2,500 feet to over 4,800 feet above sea level. It costs $5 USD per vehicle (standard car) to get into the National Bison Range.

When you arrive at the National Bison Range, there are a few scenic drives that you could do. The drive that my cousin and I did with our car was the Red Sleep Mountain Drive that is open from mid-May to early-October.

Gorgeous views from the best Montana road trip

This 19-mile, one-way loop gains 2,000 feet in elevation and takes around two hours to drive through.

Overall, this 18,500-acre range not only includes bison, it also includes elk, White-Tail and Mule Deer, Pronghorn Antelope, Bighorn Sheep, Black Bears, coyotes and more. There are over 200 species of birds at the National Bison Range too!

Antelope at the National Bison Range during the best Montana road trip

During our scenic drive, we saw numerous bison and also the Pronghorn Antelope! It was so cool.

If you are on a time limit, I recommend that you either do the West Loop, which is a short one-mile drive where you could see bison and White-Tail Deer, along with the Prairie Drive, which is a 14-mile two-way traffic drive!

A bison on the best Montana road trip

During the scenic drives, it is important not to leave your vehicle at any time because it could be extremely dangerous! If you don’t follow the rules, you could be prosecuted.

In addition to the scenic drives, you could also go on a hike at the National Bison Range. Most of the trails are within a mile long and they are also easy. You could walk the Nature Trail, Grassland Trail, Bitterroot Trail and High Point Trail.

A woman enjoying the National Bison Range during the best Montana road trip

There are also fishing trails along Mission Creek at the National Bison Range that you can access from the Nature Trail. You could also fish at the Jocko River along Highway 200.

Missoula, Montana:

The Hip Strip in Missoula, Montana

After spending a couple hours at the National Bison Range, we drove an hour south to the city of Missoula, Montana. This city is one of the best spots to stop along a Montana road trip.

I loved the vibe of Missoula! It was hip and filled with lovely restaurants, great breweries, funky local boutiques and an awesome music scene. There is also stunning views of the mountains and gorgeous nature all around.

Since we were spending the evening in Bozeman, a lunch stop in Missoula was definitely well needed and both my cousin and I had an amazing time! No matter what your route is, Missoula is one of the best places to stop in Montana along a Western road trip.

When we first arrived in Missoula, we grabbed lunch at Tamarack Brewing Company in the downtown area that overlooks Caras Park. (There is also a Tamarack Brewing location in Lakeside, MT.)

This brewery was AWESOME! There were two floors, outdoor seating, a sports bar and low key dining areas.

A delicious vegetarian pita wrap from Missoula, Montana

For lunch, I savored the P.E.T.A. Brew Bread, which was a vegetarian pita wrap that consisted of portobello mushrooms, fresh mozzarella cheese, red onion, green pepper, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes and garlic pesto aioli with a side of crispy fries. It was absolutely delicious! My cousin got the buffalo chicken strips, which she said was great.

My cousin and I also split the beer flight, so we got to taste most of Tamarack’s great brews. In addition, everything on Tamarack’s food menu has a beer pairing suggestion!

Craft beers from a brewery in Missoula during the best Montana road trip

After our awesome lunch at Tamarack Brewing, we walked over to the Hip Strip of Missoula, which is definitely the hippie area of the city. We walked around, shopped and also checked out Gild Brewing.

Other fun things to do during your time in Missoula is hike to the M, which is a large white concrete M located on the side of a mountain that overlooks the city. You could see this large M throughout the entire area!

The Lewis and Clark Trail also goes through Missoula and I highly recommend checking it out as well.

Beautiful fall leaves on the best Montana road trip

Missoula also offers a great farmer’s market that features over 100 vendors selling local produce, flowers and more. They also have awesome live music performances on Saturdays!

The city also has a plethora of different museums such as the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula, the Montana Natural History Center and the Missoula Art Museum.

Bozeman, Montana:

A cute breakfast spot called the Farmer's Daughter in Bozeman, Montana

Since we spent the first two nights in Kalispell, our third night, which just so happened to be our last night in Montana was spent in the university city of Bozeman.

Overall, Bozeman is a charming town in Southwestern Montana and it is one of the best cities to stay in during a road trip.

After spending a couple hours in Missoula, my cousin and I hit the road again and drove a little less than three hours south to Bozeman.

Once we settled into our hotel, we got dinner at Feast Raw Bar & Bistro, which features an epicurean dining experience in the city. This swanky restaurant featured amazing décor and their menu consisted of some of the best international dishes, including a great raw bar.

Duck pad Thai from Feast Bistro in Bozeman, Montana

I savored a delicious duck pad Thai and my cousin had the oysters and ceviche. We both enjoyed a local red wine with our dinner. Everything was amazing!

For breakfast the next morning, before we drove over an hour to Yellowstone National Park’s North Entrance, we stopped at The Farmer’s Daughter, which is an amazing farm-to-table café.

Avocado toast from the Farmer's Daughter in Bozeman, Montana

It was absolutely adorable inside of this lovely restaurant and I savored a delicious avocado toast with a turmeric poached egg as my breakfast along with a side of home fries. My cousin had the breakfast burrito bowl.

I also enjoyed a pumpkin spiced latte with my toast and my cousin had the golden latte, which had turmeric in it. Everything was wonderful and super healthy!

Some of the popular things to do in Bozeman is to go skiing and snowboarding in the winter. The closest ski resorts to the city are Bridger Bowl and Big Sky!

National Bison Range in Montana

It is also recommended that you check out the Museum of the Rockies, which features the world’s largest collection of dinosaur fossils.

The downtown area of Bozeman features wonderful boutique shops, great restaurants, breweries and bookstores. Since Bozeman is also a university city (Montana State University is situated there) the nightlife is popping!  There are fun bars, nightclubs and a concert hall called Rialto, which was once the local post office.

Beautiful mountain views on a Montana road trip

In addition to all of the fun things to do in the city of Bozeman, there are also a selection of local hiking trails, hot springs and other fun outdoor adventures such as floating down the Madison River.

Like I mention above, Bozeman also isn’t far from Yellowstone National Park in both Montana and Wyoming.


A woman at Whitefish Lake during the best Montana road trip

I hope you all enjoyed discovering the best Montana spots to visit on a Western road trip. If you have any questions please email me at [email protected].

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28 Comments

  1. Christina on October 6, 2020 at 12:58 pm

    Love how detailed this is! Such a good guide Taylor.

    • Taylor Deer on October 6, 2020 at 1:12 pm

      Thank you so much Christina! Montana is amazing! 🙂

  2. Francesca on October 6, 2020 at 7:16 pm

    I’ve only been to Montana once and I’ve really been wanting to go back. I really want to visit Glacier NP. Bozeman looks awesome too.

    • Taylor Deer on October 6, 2020 at 7:37 pm

      You totally have to go back. Glacier is amazing and Bozeman is such a cute city. 🙂

  3. Kim Deer on October 10, 2020 at 10:32 am

    Wow, Montana is absolutely beautiful. The landscapes are amazing of the gorgeous National Parks ~ the Rockies look so breathtaking and shout out fabulous in every way ~ your photography is amazing ~ and of course the photos with you in them make the landscapes extra special ~ love this state, another one added to my bucket list ~ love ypu, mom xoxo 🥰😘💕

    • Taylor Deer on October 10, 2020 at 8:47 pm

      It really was absolutely beautiful! Love you too mom! xoxo

  4. Elena Pappalardo on October 14, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    OMG, that bison spotting! What an incredible experience. I love how your photos capture this amazing scenery. Thank you for putting Montana on my map; this is stunning!

    • Taylor Deer on October 17, 2020 at 12:49 am

      Yes, it was so cool seeing a bison for the first time! Also thank you so much Elena! 🙂

  5. Bettina on October 17, 2020 at 12:42 am

    This is such a great guide and I love your bison photos! I would love to visit Montana again and see Glacier National Park.

    • Taylor Deer on October 17, 2020 at 12:51 am

      Thank you so much Bettina and yes, you totally have to go back. Glacier was incredible! 🙂

  6. Cosette on October 17, 2020 at 2:36 am

    Great spots for a road trip. I’ve only been to Yellowstone N.P. in Montana, have to explore more of it still.

    • Taylor Deer on October 17, 2020 at 6:51 pm

      Thank you Cosette! There are so many gorgeous gems in that area. 🙂

  7. Léa on October 17, 2020 at 7:02 am

    This is such a detailed and helpful guide Taylor! Thanks for all the tips, I’m dreaming of USA huge spaces at the moment!

    • Taylor Deer on October 17, 2020 at 6:52 pm

      Thank you so much Lea! I hope you get to come here as soon as things get better. 🙂

  8. Albi on October 17, 2020 at 9:12 am

    I have heard a lot about this place, mostly from people visiting it in summer. But autumn surely has its spark as well. I didn’t know that you can see there a bison in the wild, that is awesome

    • Taylor Deer on October 17, 2020 at 6:53 pm

      Yes, it is definitely more of a popular summer destination! The weather is perfect in July and August. 🙂 Also yes, seeing a bison in person was so cool!

  9. Melinda on October 17, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    What a great place to go on a road trip! The scenery is beautiful! I love those free roaming bison. And the food choices look delicious.

    • Taylor Deer on October 17, 2020 at 6:54 pm

      It really was amazing Melinda! Everything truly was amazing. 🙂

  10. Andrea Cannon on October 17, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    I have visited Montana several times but I clearly have so much more to see! Such a beautiful place.

    • Taylor Deer on October 17, 2020 at 6:54 pm

      Yes, it really is absolutely gorgeous! 🙂

  11. Shelley on October 17, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    OMGGG these photos! I’ve heard such great things about Missoula, but now I’m motivated to see all of Montana. Pinned & saved your great blog for future travel planning.

    • Taylor Deer on October 17, 2020 at 6:55 pm

      Thank you so much Shelley! Missoula is such a fun city and so many great breweries. 🙂

  12. Ophelie on October 17, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    Your trip to Montana looks really cool! I am amazed by the landscapes and the bisons! And also would love to try that huckleberry pie!

    • Taylor Deer on October 17, 2020 at 6:55 pm

      Thank you Ophelie! Everything was incredible and the pie was delicious. 🙂

  13. Rachel-Jean Firchau on October 17, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    This is gorgeous, Taylor! I went to Montana for the first time around this time last year, and fell in love with Glacier NP. Nothing like huckleberry pie after a long day on the road 🙂

    • Taylor Deer on October 17, 2020 at 6:56 pm

      Thank you Rachel! Montana really is a gorgeous state with so much to offer. 🙂

  14. Elizabeth on October 18, 2020 at 10:26 am

    I have always wanted to go to Montana. It looks like so much fun to go to all the beautiful parks. I never hear about anything other than outdoor stuff so I am glad you included the museums in Kalispell and all the tasty food recommendations too 🙂 I would love to try huckleberry pie!

    • Taylor Deer on October 19, 2020 at 9:49 am

      You totally have to go at some point! It is so beautiful! Also the huckleberry pie was delicious! 🙂

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A woman enjoying the beauty in Glacier National Park, Montana during the best Montana road trip

Montana is located in the Northwestern part of the United States. It is the fourth largest state in the country, but one of the least populated. There are so many beautiful and adventurous things to do in the state of Montana and it is one of the best states to road trip through!

The state of Montana is home to two big National ParksGlacier National Park and part of Yellowstone National Park. It also holds seven State Forests and 53 State Parks.

Two women in Glacier National Park, Montana

During late September 2020, I did a girls’ mini road trip with my cousin in the Western states of Montana, Wyoming and Colorado.

We started our road trip in Kalispell, Montana and spent two days exploring Whitefish and Glacier National Park.

From there, we drove south and explored the National Bison Range, Missoula and Bozeman.

A big bison at National Bison Range during the best Montana road trip

Next, we made our way into Wyoming and spent two nights in the charming Western town of Cody while we explored Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park.

We then ended our trip enjoying the beauty of Steamboat Springs, Colorado before flying home from Denver.

Both my cousin and I had the time of our lives exploring this breathtaking part of the country for eight days and we fell in love with all of the amazing places we visited during the best Montana road trip.

Stunning St. Mary Falls in Glacier National Park, Montana

In this blog post, discover the best spots to visit in Montana during a Western road trip.

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Getting to Montana:

A woman enjoying beautiful lake views during the best Montana road trip

Since my cousin and I started our road trip in the Glacier National Park area of Montana, we flew into Glacier Park International Airport, which is also known as Kalispell’s airport.

Kalispell isn’t a major city here in the United States, so if you are flying domestically, you will most likely have a layover in another city. (My layover was in Denver and my cousin’s layover was in Dallas.) You could find affordable flights into Kalispell through Skyscanner!

A lonely road in Montana

Once you arrive in Kalispell, you will need to pick up your rental car for your road trip. (I recommend booking your rental car in advance like we did.)

Of course, if you already live out west and are doing a road trip from your home or if you’re doing a cross-country road trip, you could obviously travel around with your own vehicle.

(Click here if you are planning to road trip around the United States and want to rent an RV.)

Best Places to Stay on a Montana Road Trip:

Beautiful lake views in Glacier National Park

Our road trip out west was eight days long and we spent three and a half of those days in Montana. We stayed in Kalispell for two nights and Bozeman for one night.

(Another great town to stay in near Glacier National Park is Whitefish. Kalispell and Whitefish are 20 minutes apart from each other. It will take you over a half hour to get to the west entrance of Glacier National Park from Whitefish and over 45 minutes from Kalispell.)  

Below are my hotel recommendations for when you stay in both Kalispell/Whitefish and Bozeman:

The Lodge at Whitefish Lake during sunset

Kalispell/Whitefish, Montana:

Our Hotel: SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Kalispell, MT

Luxury Hotel Recommendation: The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT

Boutique Hotel Recommendation: The Firebrand Hotel, Whitefish, MT

Mid-Budget Hotel Recommendation: Duck Inn Lodge, Whitefish, MT

Budget Hotel Recommendation: Cedar Creek Lodge, Columbia Falls, MT

Rentals: Airbnb or Vrbo

Bozeman, Montana:

Our Hotel: Hampton Inn Bozeman, Bozeman, MT

Luxury Hotel Recommendation: Kimpton Armory Hotel Bozeman, Bozeman, MT

Boutique Hotel Recommendation: RSVP Hotel, Bozeman, MT

Mid-Budget Hotel Recommendation: The Lark, Bozeman, MT

Budget Hotel Recommendation: The Outpost Montana, Belgrade, MT

Rentals: Airbnb or Vrbo

Best Montana Road Trip Spots:

A woman enjoying the best spots on a Montana road trip

Downtown Kalispell, Montana:

During a trip to Montana, I highly recommend checking out historic downtown Kalispell, especially if you’re staying in the city.

Some of the top things to do in downtown Kalispell are shop through Western Outdoor, which is a Western store that includes cowboy boots and hats as well as fun Western apparel!

I also suggest you grab delicious barbecue at The Desoto Grill and enjoy some local brews at Kalispell Brewing Company, which dates back to 1894.

In addition to shopping, eating and drinking, I recommend taking the time to learn about Kalispell’s history. Some of the buildings in the downtown area date back to the late 1800s/early 1900s.

If you have the time, definitely check out the Conrad Mansion Museum, the Hockaday Museum of Art, Kalispell Grand Hotel and the Northwest Montana History Museum.

Whitefish, Montana:

A beautiful sunset in Whitefish Lake

When visiting the Glacier National Park area, you cannot miss out on spending time in Whitefish.

Known as one of the “Top 25 Ski Towns in the World” by National Geographic, Whitefish is a beautiful and fun year-round destination that not only offers a renowned winter resort during the colder months, it also has wonderful restaurants, boutique stores, coffee shops and fun outdoor adventures.

Whitefish Lake is over 5.2 square miles and it is one of the more peaceful and serene lakes in Montana.

Sunset views of Whitefish Lake

It is a must that you visit Whitefish Lake during a Montana road trip because it is one of the best places to enjoy being on the water. Not only could you swim and sunbathe on the lake at Whitefish City Beach, you could also rent a boat, jet ski, fish, kayak and more. Click here!

The town of Whitefish also offers great restaurants and bars to all of its visitors! During our first night in Whitefish, my cousin and I enjoyed a few Montana brews at Great Northern Bar & Grill, which has 29 beers on tap.

This place is so much fun as it offers arcade games, pool tables, live music and an outdoor biergarten. If you are hungry, they also have great food!

A beer from Great Northern Bar and Grill in Whitefish, Montana

After sipping our beers, we grabbed dinner at Casey’s, which is a great American restaurant and bar that offers a woodsy-chic ambiance, delicious food and drinks as well as live entertainment. They even have a rooftop where you could enjoy views of the surrounding Rocky Mountains! Unfortunately, the rooftop closes once the summer is over. You could still have a great time indoors though!

During my time at Casey’s, I got a grilled chicken sandwich and my cousin got a burger. Everything was great! We even did a small whiskey tasting, since it is a staple in Montana.

A chicken sandwich from Casey's in Whitefish, Montana

On our second evening, we savored a delicious Southern dinner at Tupelo Grille in downtown Whitefish where I had the opportunity to enjoy a taste of New Orleans in Montana.

I got the Zydeco Combo that included shrimp and crawfish cake, crawfish étouffée, fried catfish, grilled shrimp and jambalaya. It was delicious! My cousin got the bison filet and loved it as well.

A cajun dinner from Tupelo Grille in Whitefish, Montana

During our dinner at Tupelo Grille, we got to sit in the lounge and watch a local band perform. It was such a fun place!

Since Montana is also known for its craft beer scene, I recommend taking advantage of visiting a brewery during your time in the state.

One of the best Montana breweries to visit on a road trip is Bonsai Brewing Project in Whitefish. The brewery is located in a cute house and there is also a biergarten outside on the lawn.

Bonsai Brewing Project’s primary focus are hopped IPAs, complex barrel aged sours and strong, but tasty beers. They also have a variety of brews to reflect the season.

Glacier National Park:

Two cousins in Glacier National Park, Montana

One of the most beautiful National Parks I visited in the United States is Glacier National Park.

It is absolutely a MUST that you visit Glacier National Park during a Montana road trip as it is one of the best places to see alpine meadows, deep forests, waterfalls, mighty glaciers and hundreds of glistening lakes.

Glacier National Park was first established as a National Park in 1910 and it includes mountain ranges that were carved by prehistoric ice rivers.

Beautiful small lakes in Glacier National Park

Some awesome wildlife that you could see within the park are Grizzly Bears, lynx, Black Bears, moose, wolves, Mountain Lions, Bighorn Sheep, elk, Mule Deer, White-Tailed Deer, coyotes, wolverines, badgers, beavers, otters, porcupines, mink, bats, a variety of birds and sea life.

Due to timing, we only spent one full day in Glacier National Park, but if you are looking to see and experience everything, I recommend spending a full week there.

There are numerous hiking trails and spectacular places to see in Glacier National Park. It is epic!

A woman having a great hike in Glacier National Park

Some of the popular hikes to do in Glacier National Park are to Iceberg Lake, which is located in the northern part of the park; Grinnell Glacier, which is a little south of Iceberg Lake; the Highline Trail, which is a long, but scenic route; Hidden Lake Trail and Overlook, which is the scenic hike my cousin and I did; St. Mary and Virginia Falls, which is the other hike my cousin and I did to see jaw dropping waterfalls and Avalanche Lake Loop, which is a beautiful hike through a cedar forest to a breathtaking lake.

Other great activities to do in the park is see the sunrise at Lake McDonald and take a glacier boat tour.

(Glacier National Park is also not too far from the Canadian border. I recommend combining this trip with an adventure to Banff National Park!)

Gorgeous views of Lake McDonald in Montana

(Please note that is costs $35 USD per vehicle (standard car) to get into most big USA National Parks and $10 USD per vehicle for most State Parks. It costs more for commercial vans, buses and tours. The $35 passes are valid for seven consecutive days. If you are doing a road trip where you know you will be seeing a lot of National Parks along the way, I recommend getting the America the Beautiful Pass for $80 USD. You will definitely save money that way!)

What to do in Glacier National Park in 1 Day:

A woman enjoying her time in Glacier National Park

My cousin and I entered Glacier National Park through the west entrance. When you first enter the park, there is a welcome center with gift shops where you could purchase hiking apparel, necessities and accessories that best suits the weather.

We visited Glacier National Park at the end of September and during that time of the year, the weather could range drastically from warm, sunny days to rainy, cold days and snow could also make an appearance.  

Beautiful glaciers on the best Montana road trip

During our time in Glacier National Park, the weather was in the high 40s/low 50s (Fahrenheit) and it was also a rainy day. I wore insulated leggings, a warm black sweater with layers, an insulated rain jacket, a beanie, warm hiking socks, wool gloves and hiking boots. (Check out my Montana packing guide below.)

In addition to dressing properly, I highly recommend purchasing bear spray for your adventures in Glacier National Park. There are a lot of Grizzlies around the park and there is no guarantee of your safety.

Bears are extremely wild animals and have unfortunately injured and even killed some visitors within Glacier National Park. Bear spray has proven to be effective and it also prevents injury to both humans and the bears.

Beautiful mountains in Glacier National Park

Please, always be mindful if you are approached by a bear and don’t ever use a firearm!

When you are hiking in Grizzly country, make sure you are minding your own business, stay on the hiking paths and trails, make regular noise (such as talking, listening to music or even bring a bear bell with you) so that the bear(s) in the area are well aware that you are around and that you don’t surprise them out of the blue.

Drive the Going-to-the-Sun Road:

Logan Pass in Glacier National Park

Going-to-the-Sun Road is a breathtaking 50-mile scenic road that was completed in 1932. It is one of the best things to do during a Montana road trip! (Please also fill up your tank of gas before entering Glacier National Park.)

When you arrive in Glacier National Park, you will most likely have to take this breathtaking road to get to certain spots in the park, but I recommend driving the whole route. (It will take you around two hours to drive the entire Going-to-the-Sun Road.)

Breathtaking views of Logan Pass in Glacier National Park

The Going-to-the-Sun Road spans the width of Glacier National Park and it goes over the spectacular Logan Pass, crossing over the Continental Divide.

The Continental Divide runs through North and South America and it separates the water that runs toward the Pacific Ocean from the water that runs toward the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans as well as the Gulf of Mexico. Most of the divide runs along the crest of the Rocky Mountains.

Beautiful views of Glacier National Park

Popular hikes and iconic spots in Glacier National Park can be found along the Going-to-the-Sun Road and you could see almost every type of terrain in the park such as glacial lakes, enchanting cedar forests and alpine tundra.

Watch the Sunrise on Lake McDonald:

A woman on the best Montana road trip

One thing to note about Montana is that the sun doesn’t rise until closer to 8am (at least during the end of September). Since the sun rises a little later than usual, it is a lot easier to catch the sunrise in the park.

One of the top places to see the sunrise in Glacier National Park is at Lake McDonald.

A woman enjoying sunrise at Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park

Overall, Lake McDonald is 10 miles long and 500 feet deep. It is the largest lake in the park and a must-see, since you could admire all of the high glacier peaks. It is absolutely breathtaking!

Enjoy the Views of Hidden Lake Overlook Trail:

A woman enjoying the views of Hidden Lake Overlook

After driving along the scenic Logan Pass, we stopped at the Logan Pass Visitor Center where we hiked the Hidden Lake Overlook Trail. (The hike is 2.8 miles round trip and it is considered moderate.)

Behind the visitor’s center, there is a boardwalk that takes you to one of the most scenic areas in the park. (It reminded me of Iceland.)

Breathtaking views of the Hidden Lake trail in Glacier National Park

The boardwalk continues on until you reach a dirt trail that leads you to the Hidden Pass. It was one of the most beautiful spots in the park and we even got to see other stunning nature.

Once you reach the overlook, you could enjoy the stunning views of Hidden Lake Sperry Glacier.

Views of the Hidden Lake Sperry Glacier in Glacier National Park

You can continue on past the overlook, but please note that the trail gets very steep. During our time there, the other trail was closed due to high Grizzly Bear activity.

Since it was raining when we did the Hidden Lake hike, the visibility wasn’t the best, but we did see clouds pass through very quickly, which was so cool!

Hike to St. Mary Falls and Virginia Falls:

A woman on the St. Mary Falls hike in Glacier National Park

Another must-do hike in Glacier National Park is the 3.1-mile round trip hike to St. Mary and Virginia Falls!

After we completed the Hidden Lake hike, we got back in our car and drove a little further down the Going-to-the-Sun Road to the St. Mary Falls trail.

St. Mary Falls in Glacier National Park

Since there was limited parking in St. Mary Falls parking lot, we parked a little down the road that allowed us to see part of the Sunrift Gorge, which was absolutely beautiful!

A woman at Sunrift Gorge in Glacier National Park

When we finally reached the St. Mary Falls trail, we hiked through burnt trees from a former wildfire, over a bridge to a viewing point where we were able to enjoy the mesmerizing views of the falls.

Virginia Falls in Glacier National Park during the best Montana road trip

Overall, St. Mary Falls is a fairly easy hike and you could continue on past the waterfalls and up Virginia Creek to where you could see Virginia Falls. It is absolutely breathtaking!

Hike Trail of the Cedars to Avalanche Lake Trail:

Avalanche Lake in Glacier National Park

If you have extra time in Glacier National Park, I highly recommend hiking into the Trail of the Cedars that leads to the popular Avalanche Lake Trail. The trail is 4.6 miles round trip and it is considered a moderate hike.

Once you arrive at the stunning Avalanche Lake, you will be astonished by its beauty! The lake itself is rimmed with steep cliffs and cascading waterfalls all around.

Savor Huckleberry Pie:

Huckleberry pie from Montana

Huckleberry is a fruit that is found in Northwestern Montana. Locals will take these delicious berries and create tasty treats with them such as huckleberry pie.

After our fun filled day in Glacier National Park, we treated ourselves to a mouth warming piece of huckleberry pie at The Huckleberry Patch in Hungry Horse (it is on the way back to Whitefish and Kalispell).

This super adorable country store and café has homemade huckleberry jams, candies, licorice, baking mixes, lip balms, soaps and so much more. It is a huckleberry heaven!

Overall, the huckleberry pie we had was amazing and we also bought licorice to enjoy during the remainder of our road trip. Definitely do not miss out on visiting this awesome spot when you are in the Glacier National Park area.

National Bison Range:

A bison from the National Bison Range

One of the best Montana road trip stops is the National Bison Range in Charlo, MT. It will take a little less than two hours to drive from Kalispell and a little over two hours to drive from Whitefish to the National Bison Range. (It is south of both of those cities.)

Bison mainly reside in the Great Plains and Montana is one of the last states out west where you could find them. The other states where you can spot bison are in North and South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska and Oklahoma.

Bison in Montana

It was so cool seeing a bison in person for the first time! They are such fascinating animals!

In the late 1800’s, bison reached a low of 100 in North America after having a population of 30 to 60 million!

During the year of 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt established the National Bison Range for the conservation of bison. Since then, the National Bison Range in Montana played an important role in the successful recovery of these big fury cuties. Today, 250-300 bison call this amazing refuge home!

Breathtaking views on the best road trip in Montana

The National Bison Range is a small, low-rolling mountain that is connected to the Mission Mountain Range. The elevation of this beautiful range varies from over 2,500 feet to over 4,800 feet above sea level. It costs $5 USD per vehicle (standard car) to get into the National Bison Range.

When you arrive at the National Bison Range, there are a few scenic drives that you could do. The drive that my cousin and I did with our car was the Red Sleep Mountain Drive that is open from mid-May to early-October.

Gorgeous views from the best Montana road trip

This 19-mile, one-way loop gains 2,000 feet in elevation and takes around two hours to drive through.

Overall, this 18,500-acre range not only includes bison, it also includes elk, White-Tail and Mule Deer, Pronghorn Antelope, Bighorn Sheep, Black Bears, coyotes and more. There are over 200 species of birds at the National Bison Range too!

Antelope at the National Bison Range during the best Montana road trip

During our scenic drive, we saw numerous bison and also the Pronghorn Antelope! It was so cool.

If you are on a time limit, I recommend that you either do the West Loop, which is a short one-mile drive where you could see bison and White-Tail Deer, along with the Prairie Drive, which is a 14-mile two-way traffic drive!

A bison on the best Montana road trip

During the scenic drives, it is important not to leave your vehicle at any time because it could be extremely dangerous! If you don’t follow the rules, you could be prosecuted.

In addition to the scenic drives, you could also go on a hike at the National Bison Range. Most of the trails are within a mile long and they are also easy. You could walk the Nature Trail, Grassland Trail, Bitterroot Trail and High Point Trail.

A woman enjoying the National Bison Range during the best Montana road trip

There are also fishing trails along Mission Creek at the National Bison Range that you can access from the Nature Trail. You could also fish at the Jocko River along Highway 200.

Missoula, Montana:

The Hip Strip in Missoula, Montana

After spending a couple hours at the National Bison Range, we drove an hour south to the city of Missoula, Montana. This city is one of the best spots to stop along a Montana road trip.

I loved the vibe of Missoula! It was hip and filled with lovely restaurants, great breweries, funky local boutiques and an awesome music scene. There is also stunning views of the mountains and gorgeous nature all around.

Since we were spending the evening in Bozeman, a lunch stop in Missoula was definitely well needed and both my cousin and I had an amazing time! No matter what your route is, Missoula is one of the best places to stop in Montana along a Western road trip.

When we first arrived in Missoula, we grabbed lunch at Tamarack Brewing Company in the downtown area that overlooks Caras Park. (There is also a Tamarack Brewing location in Lakeside, MT.)

This brewery was AWESOME! There were two floors, outdoor seating, a sports bar and low key dining areas.

A delicious vegetarian pita wrap from Missoula, Montana

For lunch, I savored the P.E.T.A. Brew Bread, which was a vegetarian pita wrap that consisted of portobello mushrooms, fresh mozzarella cheese, red onion, green pepper, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes and garlic pesto aioli with a side of crispy fries. It was absolutely delicious! My cousin got the buffalo chicken strips, which she said was great.

My cousin and I also split the beer flight, so we got to taste most of Tamarack’s great brews. In addition, everything on Tamarack’s food menu has a beer pairing suggestion!

Craft beers from a brewery in Missoula during the best Montana road trip

After our awesome lunch at Tamarack Brewing, we walked over to the Hip Strip of Missoula, which is definitely the hippie area of the city. We walked around, shopped and also checked out Gild Brewing.

Other fun things to do during your time in Missoula is hike to the M, which is a large white concrete M located on the side of a mountain that overlooks the city. You could see this large M throughout the entire area!

The Lewis and Clark Trail also goes through Missoula and I highly recommend checking it out as well.

Beautiful fall leaves on the best Montana road trip

Missoula also offers a great farmer’s market that features over 100 vendors selling local produce, flowers and more. They also have awesome live music performances on Saturdays!

The city also has a plethora of different museums such as the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula, the Montana Natural History Center and the Missoula Art Museum.

Bozeman, Montana:

A cute breakfast spot called the Farmer's Daughter in Bozeman, Montana

Since we spent the first two nights in Kalispell, our third night, which just so happened to be our last night in Montana was spent in the university city of Bozeman.

Overall, Bozeman is a charming town in Southwestern Montana and it is one of the best cities to stay in during a road trip.

After spending a couple hours in Missoula, my cousin and I hit the road again and drove a little less than three hours south to Bozeman.

Once we settled into our hotel, we got dinner at Feast Raw Bar & Bistro, which features an epicurean dining experience in the city. This swanky restaurant featured amazing décor and their menu consisted of some of the best international dishes, including a great raw bar.

Duck pad Thai from Feast Bistro in Bozeman, Montana

I savored a delicious duck pad Thai and my cousin had the oysters and ceviche. We both enjoyed a local red wine with our dinner. Everything was amazing!

For breakfast the next morning, before we drove over an hour to Yellowstone National Park’s North Entrance, we stopped at The Farmer’s Daughter, which is an amazing farm-to-table café.

Avocado toast from the Farmer's Daughter in Bozeman, Montana

It was absolutely adorable inside of this lovely restaurant and I savored a delicious avocado toast with a turmeric poached egg as my breakfast along with a side of home fries. My cousin had the breakfast burrito bowl.

I also enjoyed a pumpkin spiced latte with my toast and my cousin had the golden latte, which had turmeric in it. Everything was wonderful and super healthy!

Some of the popular things to do in Bozeman is to go skiing and snowboarding in the winter. The closest ski resorts to the city are Bridger Bowl and Big Sky!

National Bison Range in Montana

It is also recommended that you check out the Museum of the Rockies, which features the world’s largest collection of dinosaur fossils.

The downtown area of Bozeman features wonderful boutique shops, great restaurants, breweries and bookstores. Since Bozeman is also a university city (Montana State University is situated there) the nightlife is popping!  There are fun bars, nightclubs and a concert hall called Rialto, which was once the local post office.

Beautiful mountain views on a Montana road trip

In addition to all of the fun things to do in the city of Bozeman, there are also a selection of local hiking trails, hot springs and other fun outdoor adventures such as floating down the Madison River.

Like I mention above, Bozeman also isn’t far from Yellowstone National Park in both Montana and Wyoming.


A woman at Whitefish Lake during the best Montana road trip

I hope you all enjoyed discovering the best Montana spots to visit on a Western road trip. If you have any questions please email me at [email protected].

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28 Comments

  1. Christina on October 6, 2020 at 12:58 pm

    Love how detailed this is! Such a good guide Taylor.

    • Taylor Deer on October 6, 2020 at 1:12 pm

      Thank you so much Christina! Montana is amazing! 🙂

  2. Francesca on October 6, 2020 at 7:16 pm

    I’ve only been to Montana once and I’ve really been wanting to go back. I really want to visit Glacier NP. Bozeman looks awesome too.

    • Taylor Deer on October 6, 2020 at 7:37 pm

      You totally have to go back. Glacier is amazing and Bozeman is such a cute city. 🙂

  3. Kim Deer on October 10, 2020 at 10:32 am

    Wow, Montana is absolutely beautiful. The landscapes are amazing of the gorgeous National Parks ~ the Rockies look so breathtaking and shout out fabulous in every way ~ your photography is amazing ~ and of course the photos with you in them make the landscapes extra special ~ love this state, another one added to my bucket list ~ love ypu, mom xoxo 🥰😘💕

    • Taylor Deer on October 10, 2020 at 8:47 pm

      It really was absolutely beautiful! Love you too mom! xoxo

  4. Elena Pappalardo on October 14, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    OMG, that bison spotting! What an incredible experience. I love how your photos capture this amazing scenery. Thank you for putting Montana on my map; this is stunning!

    • Taylor Deer on October 17, 2020 at 12:49 am

      Yes, it was so cool seeing a bison for the first time! Also thank you so much Elena! 🙂

  5. Bettina on October 17, 2020 at 12:42 am

    This is such a great guide and I love your bison photos! I would love to visit Montana again and see Glacier National Park.

    • Taylor Deer on October 17, 2020 at 12:51 am

      Thank you so much Bettina and yes, you totally have to go back. Glacier was incredible! 🙂

  6. Cosette on October 17, 2020 at 2:36 am

    Great spots for a road trip. I’ve only been to Yellowstone N.P. in Montana, have to explore more of it still.

    • Taylor Deer on October 17, 2020 at 6:51 pm

      Thank you Cosette! There are so many gorgeous gems in that area. 🙂

  7. Léa on October 17, 2020 at 7:02 am

    This is such a detailed and helpful guide Taylor! Thanks for all the tips, I’m dreaming of USA huge spaces at the moment!

    • Taylor Deer on October 17, 2020 at 6:52 pm

      Thank you so much Lea! I hope you get to come here as soon as things get better. 🙂

  8. Albi on October 17, 2020 at 9:12 am

    I have heard a lot about this place, mostly from people visiting it in summer. But autumn surely has its spark as well. I didn’t know that you can see there a bison in the wild, that is awesome

    • Taylor Deer on October 17, 2020 at 6:53 pm

      Yes, it is definitely more of a popular summer destination! The weather is perfect in July and August. 🙂 Also yes, seeing a bison in person was so cool!

  9. Melinda on October 17, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    What a great place to go on a road trip! The scenery is beautiful! I love those free roaming bison. And the food choices look delicious.

    • Taylor Deer on October 17, 2020 at 6:54 pm

      It really was amazing Melinda! Everything truly was amazing. 🙂

  10. Andrea Cannon on October 17, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    I have visited Montana several times but I clearly have so much more to see! Such a beautiful place.

    • Taylor Deer on October 17, 2020 at 6:54 pm

      Yes, it really is absolutely gorgeous! 🙂

  11. Shelley on October 17, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    OMGGG these photos! I’ve heard such great things about Missoula, but now I’m motivated to see all of Montana. Pinned & saved your great blog for future travel planning.

    • Taylor Deer on October 17, 2020 at 6:55 pm

      Thank you so much Shelley! Missoula is such a fun city and so many great breweries. 🙂

  12. Ophelie on October 17, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    Your trip to Montana looks really cool! I am amazed by the landscapes and the bisons! And also would love to try that huckleberry pie!

    • Taylor Deer on October 17, 2020 at 6:55 pm

      Thank you Ophelie! Everything was incredible and the pie was delicious. 🙂

  13. Rachel-Jean Firchau on October 17, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    This is gorgeous, Taylor! I went to Montana for the first time around this time last year, and fell in love with Glacier NP. Nothing like huckleberry pie after a long day on the road 🙂

    • Taylor Deer on October 17, 2020 at 6:56 pm

      Thank you Rachel! Montana really is a gorgeous state with so much to offer. 🙂

  14. Elizabeth on October 18, 2020 at 10:26 am

    I have always wanted to go to Montana. It looks like so much fun to go to all the beautiful parks. I never hear about anything other than outdoor stuff so I am glad you included the museums in Kalispell and all the tasty food recommendations too 🙂 I would love to try huckleberry pie!

    • Taylor Deer on October 19, 2020 at 9:49 am

      You totally have to go at some point! It is so beautiful! Also the huckleberry pie was delicious! 🙂

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