Billings Travel Guide
Why? Many people travel to Billings, Montana,
en route to the magnificent Yellowstone National Park. The city has
been able to capitalise on its proximity to this, and other
national parks, by building up a healthy tourism-oriented profile,
ensuring that a holiday in Billings is entertaining and enjoyable.
Billings also has a packed events calendar of music festivals,
rodeos and various outdoor activities.
When? Travel to Billings at any time of year because the city enjoys a warm, dry climate, except for mid-winter when it can be very cold with snowfalls. The best time to holiday in Billings, though, is during the summer (July and August) when most of the outdoor community events are held.
Who for? Nature lovers and those who enjoy outdoor recreation are particularly drawn to a holiday in Billings, which is surrounded by breathtaking mountains. History buffs will also enjoy a Billings holiday exploring the museums and landmarks associated with legends of the Old West. Children are well catered for with the zoo and the interactive Western Heritage Center.
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.
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