Billings is a unique town settled beside the Yellowstone River and sheltered by the rims. Located in Southeast Montana, Billings is the trailhead to the rest of the state and region. With the mountains less than an hour west, the Yellowstone river runs through town and to the east you see gorgeous prairies and some of the best sunsets a person can experience. Locals appreciate the way mountains meet prairie meet river – a spectacular convergence not found many other places. If you are using Billings as your gateway to Yellowstone National Park click here.
But Billings is more than just a pretty face. From Custer’s Last Stand at the Battle of the Little Bighorn just 50 miles south of town, to William Clark’s signature just 23 miles east, the historical significance of this area never ends. Other unexpected historic finds include the two-headed calf at the Yellowstone County Museum, where you’ll find yourself immersed in one of the richest Native America displays in the region. Add in a historic downtown, the Western Heritage Center, and more and you’ll understand why history buffs seek Billings out.
Speaking of downtown, you can’t miss the food. There are so many amazing options, Billings has become a culinary hotspot home to numerous farm to table restaurants bringing the taste of Montana to your dining experience. The diversity of the dining in Billings is noteworthy, with exceptional Thai, German, Mexican, Japanese, and more. Along with a vibrant food scene, Billings is home to Montana’s only walking brewery district. Award winning beer is all around and the environment at each of the breweries is inviting and distinctive. Within the brewery district we also boast Trailhead Spirits, an award-winning distillery with a “Bloody Mary Bar” on Saturdays. Trailhead Spirits is located in the Historic Depot building and is an unforgettable experience on its own!
Once your belly is filled with great food and beer, it’s time to explore the adventure offered throughout Billings. Consider one of our many iconic trails, especially local favorites Swords Rimrock Park, Two Moon Park, and Riverfront Park. Drop a line in the Yellowstone to snag a fish or two, zipline through the prairie, repel down the rims, or bike along the river. And that’s just what you can do in town. Stay tuned for future posts about the excitement to be found nearby! Your options are endless at Montana’s Trailhead. For more area attractions, check out the Visit Billings website.
Adventure starts in Billings. Are you ready to start yours?