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At first glance Billings, Montana appears to be a small town tucked away in the vast overwhelming beauty of what is arguably one of the country’s most scenic states. And you would be partly right- Billings maintains its small town charm despite being an urban oasis and the largest community between Spokane and Minneapolis. It’s part of the magic of this destination city, filled with friendly residents that will offer you directions with a warm and welcoming smile.
Small town charm aside, Billings offers a wide variety of indoor and outdoor urban adventure to satisfy your hearts desires. From national chains to exquisite local cuisine and Montana’s only walkable brewery district, you can kickback and refuel or have a fun night out on the town after a day of shopping and sightseeing. Enjoy a concert, outdoor festival, or simply drive up to the sandstone bluffs surrounding Billings, affectionately known by locals as the Rimrocks, and watch the sunset over the twinkling city lights below. It’s a panoramic view you won’t want to miss. Then rest up in one of our 50+ comfortable hotels and plan tomorrow’s adventure.
Billings is referred to as Montana’s Trailhead with good reason: adventure and grandeur await in every direction. Drive 60 miles from town to the legendary Beartooth Highway, offering scenery so spectacular your eyes will water as you make your way to the most beautiful entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Life is meant to be lived, and a visit to Yellowstone will awaken your soul and renew your spirit. A popular bucket list destination, you can cross it off your list and create a memory that will last a lifetime.
For history buffs, you’ll find the infamous Little Bighorn Battlefield a mere 50 miles outside of Billings. Take a short drive and walk the very land where General Custer fought the Sioux and Cheyenne. Then head on over to Pompeys Pillar National Monument and you’ll discover some of the only physical evidence of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. If you’re in the mood for something indoors, Billings offers the Western Heritage Center, Yellowstone County Museum, and the Yellowstone Art Museum, each presenting its own collection of noteworthy treasures ranging from Western history and native artifacts to contemporary art and displays relevant to community events.
Outdoor enthusiasts will stay busy with bike, walking, and running paths along the scenic Rimrocks and throughout the city. Get your adrenaline racing with zipline adventures, rappelling, hiking and more. Join in on one of the city’s fun runs or float the famous Yellowstone River, the longest free flowing river in the lower 48 states. With some of the best fishing in the nation, your outdoor options in Billings are truly endless.
Whatever you decide to do, don’t forget to bring your camera! Beauty will surround your every step and even novice photographers will find that the pictures will paint themselves. From sunrise to sunset, Billings and the surrounding areas are like stepping in to a virtual postcard. Your friends will be envious and simultaneously inspired by the photos of your time spent here.
From unique Western art and boutiques to modern and traditional name brand stores, Billings will surprise and enchant you during your stay. This is not your ordinary city; this is Montana’s City and is an unforgettable experience. With direct flights from nine major cities and affordable airfare available from Seattle to Atlanta, Billings is easy to access and impossible to dismiss. Fly here, drive here, and prepare to be pampered by local and urban amenities while being delighted by the abundant display of nature you won’t find anywhere else. Whether you seek the serene, the excitement, or the incredible- you will find it all waiting for you here in Billings, Montana’s Trailhead.
We hope to see you soon in Montana’s City, where big sky country awaits and adventure is served any way you order it.
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