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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.

Days Inn by Wyndham Billings
Days Inn by Wyndham Billings
2 out of 5
843 Parkway Ln, Billings, MT
The price is ¥7,350 per night from May 12 to May 13
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! (975 reviews)
"Located in quiet area. Front desk staff friendly. Room was on first floor, nice."

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2021

Days Inn by Wyndham Billings
Northern Hotel
Northern Hotel
4 out of 5
19 North Broadway, Billings, MT
The price is ¥14,617 per night from May 17 to May 18
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! (972 reviews)
"Beautiful property with gift shop, restaurant & bar."

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2021

Northern Hotel
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 ¥11,811 per night from May 2 to May 3
Situated in Billings, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Norm Schoenthal Island and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Rimrock Mall. Moss Mansion and St. Patrick's Co-Cathedral ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (685 reviews)
"It was great place! Very spacious. Room was great"

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2021

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Billings
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.
Remodeled Cottage in Historic Downtown
Remodeled Cottage in Historic Downtown
Billings, MT
Located in Central - Terry, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Moss Mansion and St. Patrick's Co-Cathedral. Skypoint and Alberta Bair Theater are ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Perfect Stay
"We had a delightful stay in the beautifully remodeled home in Billings. The home is well-appointed, the kitchen had all of the supplies we needed, the location was great and Ronda is an exceptional person and host. We will definitely stay here again!"

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2020

Remodeled Cottage in Historic Downtown
Business Stay With A Home Atmosphere - Great place!
Business Stay With A Home Atmosphere - Great place!
Billings, MT
The price is ¥5,406 per night from Apr 27 to Apr 28
Situated in Billings, this apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Rodgers Pier Trailhead, Northwest Trailhead, and First Interstate Arena. The Pub Station ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (22 reviews)
Awesome
"My stay was very enjoyable. The place was exactly as advertised and Spencer was a wonderful host."

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2020

Business Stay With A Home Atmosphere - Great place!
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. ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (8 reviews)
Vrbo
"It was super clean. The bathroom is cold and the shower knob temperatures are reversed. Other than that, it’s a nice place"

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2021

Billings Apartment: Easy Access to Trails & Parks!
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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Reviews of Billings

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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.