Billings Travel Guide
Billings, Montana © Sara Goth
The leisurely city of Billings, with its central location and international airport, is the gateway to Montana and the perfect base from which to explore the many attractions of this vast, northerly US State.
The small city, founded in 1882, is situated on the Yellowstone River at the base of the Rimrocks, a set of distinctive rock formations, and was named for a former president of the Northern Pacific Railway, Frederick Billings, who piloted the railway line across Montana. Today Billings remains an economic and transport hub for the state, and also serves as its welcome mat for tourism.
The city bristles with hotels, motels and B&Bs, its modern complexes like MetraPark and the Expo Center offering facilities for rodeos, concerts, the Montana Fair and a variety of other events. Its broad, tree-lined avenues also boast a variety of attractions: museums and galleries such as the unique Yellowstone Art Museum, the renowned Alberta Bair Theater, the interactive Western Heritage Center, and preserved historic buildings like the Moss Mansion. Within a day's drive of the city are three stunning national parks, Yellowstone, Glacier and Grand Teton.