Billings, which is located just 144 miles east of Bozeman, is currently the banking, cattle-shipping, and retail center for all of Montana.
- Billings is the center for commerce, agriculture and energy for not only Montana, but also for North and South Dakota
- Billings provides nearly limitless opportunities for outdoor adventure and has a variety of cultural events.
- Yellowstone National Park is approximately 130 miles southwest of Billings.
Billings is Montana's most populated city with over 100,000 residents. Billings is where the plains meet the mountains. In this city where old west meets new west, you can enjoy rugged mountains, wildlife areas, open vistas, spectacular scenery and meet friendly, helpful people.
Billings is nestled in the Yellowstone River Valley. Located along the I-90 corridor, Billings is easy to get in and out of from all directions. I-90 runs along the southern rim of downtown, and where I-90 leaves off, I-94 goes eastward towards North Dakota.
Billings is the center for commerce, agriculture and energy for not only Montana, but also for North and South Dakota. As such, this metropolis has a multitude of lodging establishments, places to eat and various arts and cultural opportunities.
In addition to grocery stores, service stations, and retail stores, Billings also has two fully equipped and modern hospitals.
Billings provides nearly limitless opportunities for outdoor adventure due to it location at the edge of the mountains and the meeting of the plains. You can enjoy various activities right down town, to include scenic walks, bicycling, and shopping. Or you can venture a little further afield, and take to the mountains for hiking, mountain biking, camping, horseback rides, and much more.
If you’re interested in cultural events, Billings will astound you with its impressive selection of music, theater, museums and dining.
Nearby attractions include but are not limited to:
Big Horn Canyon Recreation Area
Known as the Grandest Canyon in the northern Rockies. This landscape has sheer cliffs that tower 1,000 feet above blue water. Many individuals come here to enjoy the great fishing and to witness wild horses that still run free.
Chief Plenty Coups State Park
This State Park includes Plenty Coups' home, store, tipi, modern museum, and grounds for walking and picnicking.
Lake Elmo State Park
This urban day-use park is a great place to swim, sailboard, fish, picnic, birdwatch, or take a stroll. A special feature of Lake Elmo is its Dog Park.
Pictograph Cave State Park
Located just 6 miles south of Billings, the Pictograph, Middle and Ghost cave complex was home to generations of prehistoric hunters. A short paved trail allows you to view the rock paintings, known as pictographs, that are still visible in Pictograph Cave.
Pompey’s Pillar bears the only remaining physical evidence of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, which appears on the trail today as it did over 200 years ago. On the face of the 150-foot butte, Captain William Clark carved his name on July 25, 1806.
In addition, Billings offers museums, theaters, and botanical gardens.
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park is approximately 130 miles southwest of Billings.
The Black Hills
The Black Hills of South Dakota are approximately 285 miles southeast of Billings.
To travel from Billings to Bozeman, travel west on I-90, a distance of approximately 144 miles.
As you travel further toward and into the mountains, you will pass through the communities of Laurel, Greycliff, Big Timber and Livingston. Laurel has a Farmer’s Market which takes place during the summer on Wednesday evenings. And Livingston is steeped in the history of Lewis & Clark, Calamity Jane and Yellowstone National Park.
You may want to plan your trip in order to have time to explore the countryside and the charming communities along the way.
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