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BillingsUnited States of America

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

My friends ranch on Highway 87 Shepherd, Billings.  The ranch house is an early style echo use partially buried into the ground. If faces South and the setting sun shines beautifully across the front of it. One of only two trees in the vacinity huddles up against the house.

North Park

4/5Very Good!(136 area reviews)

While visiting North Park, you might make a stop by sights like Billings Depot and Dehler Park.

North Park
My friends ranch on Highway 87 Shepherd, Billings.  The ranch house is an early style echo use partially buried into the ground. If faces South and the setting sun shines beautifully across the front of it. One of only two trees in the vacinity huddles up against the house.

South Side

4/5Very Good!(173 area reviews)

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in South Side and surrounding area, you can visit Skypoint and Alberta Bair Theater.

South Side

Top Hotels in Billings

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Days Inn by Wyndham Billings
Days Inn by Wyndham Billings
2 out of 5
843 Parkway Ln, Billings, MT
The price is $64 per night

Situated in Billings, this hotel is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Norm Schoenthal Island and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Moss Mansion. Rimrock Mall and St. Patrick's Co-Cathedral ...

4/5Very Good! (978 reviews)

"Staff was very friendly. Hotel had a bit of a older smell."…"

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2020

Days Inn by Wyndham Billings
Super 8 by Wyndham Billings
Super 8 by Wyndham Billings
2 out of 5
5400 Southgate Dr, Billings, MT
The price is $59 per night

Situated in Billings, this motel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Norm Schoenthal Island, Moss Mansion, and St. Patrick's Co-Cathedral. Rimrock Mall and Yellowstone ...

3.7/5Good! (975 reviews)

"The room was clean, but I didn’t appreciate the double standard with masks. “MASKS REQUIRED” posted everywhere but I only saw one staff member abiding by it. Cleaning staff weren’t wearing them and staff “hanging out” behind the desk weren’t either. The free breakfast consisted of a prepackaged muffin ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2020

Super 8 by Wyndham Billings
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Billings
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Billings
3.5 out of 5
27 N 27th St, Billings, MT
The price is $127 per night

Located in North Park, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Skypoint and The Pub Station. Alberta Bair Theater and Yellowstone Art Museum are also within ...

4.1/5Very Good! (835 reviews)

"They treated my family so kindly! The room was beautiful & had lots of room."…"

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Billings

Top things to do in Billings

City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Montana
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Montana

$10
Per adult
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Montana
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Montana

$20
Per adult
Billings Scavenger Hunt: Bountiful Billings
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Billings Scavenger Hunt: Bountiful Billings

$20
Per adult

Reviews of Billings

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4 - Good 52.98303229337712%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 20.032840722495894%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 3, 2020

Not really

4/5 - Good

Deb

Jun 2, 2020

Lots of new places coming into town.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

The homeless population downtown made it scary to walk anywhere. There were several intoxicated people passed out on the sidewalk & fighting.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

As long as we weren’t at the hotel we had fun and it was nice.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

We did not do any activity or eat anywhere. All we did was stay the night at the hotel since we were on our way to see family.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 14, 2020

Travel was during the “safe at home” period, so I did not explore Billings.

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