Failing to plan is planning to fail. Fortunately, we've got all kinds of plans for all kinds of pleasures: take a moment to browse through the opportunities that await you in Billings.

Timeframe: Full Day

Planning: Reserve guided tours ahead. Recommended checking road conditions for self-guided tours.

Description: This tour available June to October. Beartooth Highway climbs to an astounding 10,947 feet above sea level. Since its completion in 1936, the highway has awed visitors with it astonishing views of one of the most rugged and wild areas in the lower 48 states. This day trip gives you the experience of viewing snow-capped peaks, snow fields, glaciers, and plateaus blanketed with tiny wildflowers. A stop in the historic mountain village of Red Lodge offers shopping and foods to represent the many ethnic groups that traveled to mine coal, ranch and farm. Call or visit the website for reservations or more information.

Timeframe: 2 Day or customize to your own timeframe

Planning: Customize this itinerary on your own or use our suggestion in the description below

Description: A 2-day Great Escape into the clean air, endless skies, and a kaleidoscope of badlands, flatlands, and highlands that includes history, culture, trophy fishing, and a really great steak. If you want to enjoy continuously-changing scenery, travel north on Highway 87 out of Billings and drive to Roundup and the beautiful Bull Mountains. While not the highest mountain range in Montana, the Bulls offer some of the most scenic vistas in the state. Roundup offers shopping of all kinds, two museums and their scenic “River Walk.”

From Roundup, drive east on Highway 12 and take in some of the unusual sandstone structures visible along the route. Be sure to stop in Ingomar, once one of the world’s leading sheep-producing regions, and home today to the historic Jersey Lilly Saloon. This rustic 100-plus-year-old building is a great place to have lunch or a snack. Be sure to try the “Best Cowboy Beans in the West” and their “sheep-herders’ hors d’ouvres.“ If you call ahead, you can even arrange to take a ride on a real horse-drawn stagecoach to see the buffalo herd that calls the area home. You can even stay overnight at the Bunk ‘n’ Biscuit B&B.

Proceeding south and east on highway 12 brings you to Forsyth, county seat of Rosebud County and the site of one of the most beautiful courthouses in Montana. Forsyth is also home every year to the “Matthew Quigley Buffalo Rifle Match” where over 500 participants, many dressed in 19th century garb, shoot original and replica black powder rifles at metal silhouette targets up to 1/2 mile away. Additionally, Forsyth is a hub for railroad traffic hauling coal and grain from the plains of Montana to destinations throughout the world. You’ll also want to stop at the Rosebud County Museum to view some of their unusual collections.

From Forsyth, it’s only an hour-and-half west on I-94 back to Billings. Along the way, you can stop in Hysham to visit the Treasure County Museum in the “Yucca Theater,” one of eastern Montana’s more unique structures.

And don’t forget to stop at Pompey’s Pillar, just 26 miles west of Billings. This famous sandstone outcropping is famous for the signature that Capt. William Clark carved into it in 1806 on his return leg of the Lewis and Clark Voyage of Discovery. Climb to the top and you’ll enjoy a vista that is very much like the view Clark and his men experienced over 200 years ago.

When you get back to Billings, take advantage of big city entities like spas and fine dining. As Montana’s largest city, it is unequaled in the state for the variety of entertaining and relaxing diversions available.


Timeframe: 1 Day or customize to your own timeframe

Planning: Customize this itinerary on your own or use our suggestion in the description below

Description: For the history buff, this is a great “off-the-beaten-path” drive. Miles City not only is the historic terminus of the early Texas to Montana cattle drives of the late 19th century made famous by the movie “Lonesome Dove,” but it is also the site of some of the most beautiful homes in Montana, many of which were built by the early cattle barons. It is also home to the “World Famous Bucking Horse Sale” every year, where the world’s best rodeo stock is sold at auction.

The area between Miles City and Broadus features broad, open spaces, plus interesting vistas of the Chalk Buttes. In Broadus, travelers will find two of the most interesting museums in the state, featuring everything from taxidermy mounts to sea shell collections. Proceeding west along Highway 212, visitors are again treated to ever-changing scenery and rock formations formed by eons of wind and rain. 212 passes through the Northern Cheyenne Nation, then on to the Crow Indian Nation. In Ashland, it’s worth a stop at St. Labre Indian School, one of the most beautiful and architecturally-stunning buildings in Montana.

Garryowen is situated at the junction of Hwy 212 and Interstate 90. Here is where you’ll find the Little Big Horn National Monument, commemorating the famous battle between Lt. Col. George Custer’s troops and an overwhelming number of Cheyenne, Lakota and Arikara braves bent on preserving their vanishing way of life. Not to be missed is the Custer Battlefield Museum in Garryowen, where history buffs can view countless artifacts from the conflict that started on that very site on June 25, 1876.

From Garryowen, it’s just a short 20-minute drive to Hardin, home to the Bighorn County Museum. Ever-expanding, this museum features 19th century buildings and homes that have been carefully and lovingly preserved just the way they would have been seen at their original locations.

Billings, Montana’s most-populace city, is just an hour northwest of Hardin, and features first-class dining of several ethnic origins, lodging to fit any budget, shopping and actions such as ZooMontana, the Yellowstone Art Museum and Moss Mansion, built over 100 years ago by one of the most influential residents of early Billings history.


Timeframe: Full Day Tour

Planning: Reserve Ahead

Description: A tour rich in history. Experience some of the only physical evidence remaining from the Lewis & Clark Expedition; then on to the Little Bighorn Battlefield.


Timeframe: Half to Full Day Tour

Planning: Reserve Ahead.

Description: Get inspired by this guided and unique tour of the “Pathway though the Bible,” a garden with biblical stories and rock formations. Next, you’ll experience the breathtaking Beartooth Pass, then return to Red Lodge for lunch and self guided shopping. We’ll return to Billings via the old mining town of Bear Creek.


Timeframe: (Full day tours on Saturdays from June to September)

Planning: Reserve Ahead

Description: Enjoy the Wild Mustang Tours and experience the majesty of the horses on either ATV or in a 4-wheel vehicle in the Pryor Mountains.


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