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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
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥9,367 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
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! (961 reviews)
"Very clean room"

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2021

Super 8 by Wyndham Billings
SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Billings
SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Billings
2.5 out of 5
3040 King Ave W, Billings, MT
The price is ¥12,299 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 4
Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Rimrock Mall, Advanced Care Hospital of Montana, and ZooMontana. Norm Schoenthal ...
4.4/5Excellent! (972 reviews)
"Only here for a night. Room nice clean and close to lots of dining places and shopping."

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2021

SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Billings
Northern Hotel
Northern Hotel
4 out of 5
19 North Broadway, Billings, MT
The price is ¥15,782 per night from Jul 11 to Jul 11
Located in the heart of Billings, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Yellowstone Art Museum and Billings Depot. First Interstate Arena and Billings Studio ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (967 reviews)
"The staff were superb. These are not easy times post-COVID and they were just so professional, helpful and kind. We loved the socials where there was free wine, beer and snacks!"

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2021

Northern Hotel
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.
Modern West-end Haven
Modern West-end Haven
Billings, MT
The price is ¥32,953 per night from Jun 21 to Jun 21
Located in Billings, this family-friendly vacation home is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Rimrock Mall, and within 6 mi (10 km) of ZooMontana and Norm Schoenthal Island. ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (8 reviews)
Perfect getaway
"This was perfect for our family as there are 8 of us! The house was clean and cozy. Would definately come back! Missed a message from the owner, unfortunately, asking of we could put dirty stuff in the laundry room. Would have done so but didn't check Email in time."

Reviewed on May 31, 2021

Modern West-end Haven
Billings Apartment: Easy Access to Trails & Parks!
Billings Apartment: Easy Access to Trails & Parks!
Billings, MT
This family-friendly Billings apartment building is located in the mountains, within 3 mi (5 km) of Moss Mansion, Rimrock Mall and St. Patrick's Co-Cathedral. ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (9 reviews)
Clean and convenient
"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this property. It was very clean and conveniently located. When I had a question it was addressed in a timely manner. I would recommend this place."

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2021

Billings Apartment: Easy Access to Trails & Parks!
Billings West End Comfort & Convenience
Billings West End Comfort & Convenience
Billings, MT
Located in West End, this apartment building is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Rimrock Mall and within 3 mi (5 km) of Rocky Mountain College and Billings Studio Theater. ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Simply NICE
"Very clean, well organized, quiet, simply NICE."

Reviewed on May 25, 2021

Billings West End Comfort & Convenience
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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