Billings, MT

Travel Guide

This city in Montana provides a convenient base from which to view ancient rock paintings, explore a striking desert landscape and visit Yellowstone National Park.

Billings, Montana’s largest city, offers visitors easy access to a number of interesting artifacts such as 2,000-year-old rock paintings and explorer William Clark’s signature carved into stone.

Start your exploration of the area by taking a half-hour drive northeast of town to see Pompey’s Pillar. This massive sandstone boulder is 150 feet (45 meters) high. The pillar features a number of Native American rock paintings, some of which are more than 2,000 years old. The same boulder also bears the signature of William Clark, half of the famous Lewis and Clark expedition team. When the pair passed through the area in the early 1800s, Clark climbed the rock to look out over the land. Today, you can walk up the stairs built into Pompey’s Pillar and stand on the same spot Clark stood over 200 years ago.

For older relics, take a drive to the hills southeast of town and the Pictograph Cave, in which you can find ancient pictographs and rock paintings. View the red sketches of animals, warriors and even rifles on the sandstone walls. It takes about an hour to walk around the cave.

Another popular attraction is the long line of sandstone cliffs that border Billings like a city wall. These are known as the Rimrocks and are right on the north edge of town. Climb the large formations for a great view over the whole city and the desert landscape that surrounds it.

Head back to town and visit the Moss Mansion which was designed by the architect who built the original Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York. Take a guided tour to see the vibrant wallpaper, ornate fixtures, and spacious parlors of a 20th-century Billings aristocrat.

Arrive in Billings by car, bus, train, or plane. If you don’t have your own car, it is best to rent one, since Billings’s best attractions are located in the desert surrounding the city.

Where to stay in Billings

Super 8 by Wyndham Billings
Super 8 by Wyndham Billings
2 out of 5
5400 Southgate Dr, Billings, MT
The price is $55 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 16
Situated in Billings, this motel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Norm Schoenthal Island, Moss Mansion, and Rimrock Mall. St. Patrick's Co-Cathedral is 3.1 mi (5 km) ...
3.8/5 Good! (933 reviews)
"Room was nice, clean, comfortable bed. Basically arrived late, watched a little tv and left early before breakfast. Based on time spent there, i would stay there again."

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2021

Super 8 by Wyndham Billings
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Billings
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Billings
2.5 out of 5
5720 S Frontage Rd, Billings, MT
The price is $114 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 13
Situated in Billings, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Norm Schoenthal Island and 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Rimrock Mall. Moss Mansion and St. Patrick's Co-Cathedral ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (866 reviews)
"The pool for children under 6 was a definite plus. We loved our stay!! Will definitely be back soon!!!"

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2021

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Billings
Kelly Inn Billings Montana
Kelly Inn Billings Montana
2.5 out of 5
5610 South Frontage Road, Billings, MT
The price is $91 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 20
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Rimrock Mall and within 6 mi (10 km) of Yellowstone Art Museum and Skypoint. ZooMontana and Billings ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,045 reviews)
"When we travel, my first priority is cleanliness, followed by safe location. This property met both. The bed was comfy and our check-in was very easy/fast."

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2021

Kelly Inn Billings Montana
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Home2 Suites by Hilton Billings
Home2 Suites by Hilton Billings
3 out of 5
2611 7th Ave N, Billings, MT
The price is $135 per night from Dec 21 to Dec 21
Located in North Park, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Dehler Park, Yellowstone Art Museum, and Alberta Bair Theater. Skypoint and The Pub Station ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (312 reviews)
"Great room and very clean!"

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Billings
Homewood Suites By Hilton Billings, MT
Homewood Suites By Hilton Billings, MT
3 out of 5
3420 Ember Lane, Billings, MT
The price is $144 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 16
Located in the heart of Billings, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Advanced Care Hospital of Montana and ZooMontana. Rimrock Mall and Norm Schoenthal ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (468 reviews)
"Amenities were the best of anywhere we have stayed."

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2021

Homewood Suites By Hilton Billings, MT
Great location, spacious! Near shopping and the Interstate.
Great location, spacious! Near shopping and the Interstate.
Billings, MT
This family-friendly Billings vacation home is located in West End, within 3 mi (5 km) of Rimrock Mall, Advanced Care Hospital of Montana, and Norm Schoenthal ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (121 reviews)
Great Stay
"We really enjoyed our stay ay this property. It is well stocked with everything that you will need.It is comfortable and clean."

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2021

Great location, spacious! Near shopping and the Interstate.
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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