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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: 1-2 Hours

Planning: Reserve ahead

Description: Offered year round w/hotel pick-up - She lived her life so recklessly... fact or fiction? Come and find out for yourself. Tour historic homes and business districts, Indian Burial Ground and Boothill Cemetery.

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Timeframe: Year round, 6 hours

Planning: Reserve Ahead.

Description: The Battle of the Little Bighorn tour includes entrance fees, hotel or campground pick up in the Billings or Hardin area, and no host lunch. Take in sites like Reno/Benteen Hill, Indian encampments, Last Stand Hill, and so much more. Battle of the Little Bighorn / a Custer and Sitting Bull story. A native Montana historian is your guide for this battle of two cultures.

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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.

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Timeframe: Full Day Tour

Planning: Reserve Ahead

Description: A guided tour of the Moss Mansion sets you up to experience a pre-arranged lunch followed by other historic stops including Chief Joseph Historic Site, the Yellowstone County Museum, Yellowstone Kelly’s Grave/Boothill Cemetery and Pictograph Cave State Park.

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Timeframe: Half Day Tour

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Description: This fun and informative city tour takes you to places of historical beginnings and nostalgic memories. Learn how these places contributed to Billings as we know it today. Includes a self-guided tour of the Yellowstone Art Museum and a deliciously catered lunch.

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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.

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Timeframe: Full Day Tour

Planning: Reserve Ahead.

Description: Enjoy the magnificent landscape, delicious food, a bit of country and live entertainment! Ultimately, take in the Little Bighorn Battlefield national monument.

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Timeframe: Half Day Tour

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Description: Start at the Western Heritage Center and enjoy the “Heart of Art” in Billings. Featuring studios, art galleries, unique gift shops, handmade jewelry, authentic Native American beadwork and western memorabilia. Lunch served at the McCormick Café.

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Timeframe: 1/2 to Full Day

Planning: Reserve ahead

Description: Pompey’s Pillar National Monument Tour - Lewis & Clark Tours to include Clark’s story along the Yellowstone River and learn of the Indian Lore that surrounds the area. April through October, reservations required. Call or visit the website for reservations or more information.

Timeframe: 1/2 Day

Planning: Reserve Ahead

Description: Travel the old trails traveled by Indians, explorers, and early settlers. See the Bozeman trail, Blood Valley, and other historical sites. Hear the stories of the area and the Old West, see the twin stone towers that stand 12 feet high and make the trails high above Blood Valley.

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406-254-7180
www.montanafunadventures.com

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.

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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.

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406-256-1492

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