Discover Billings, Montana: Adventure, Art & Local Flavor

Uncover the untamed beauty of Billings, Montana—a city offering a unique blend of adventure, vibrant art, and local flavors. From exhilarating outdoor activities like mountain biking and scenic hikes, to exploring the cultural heritage at the Yellowstone Art Museum and Pictograph Caves State Park, there's something for everyone. Dive into the culinary scene by indulging in authentic Montana cuisine and quench your thirst at local breweries, all while immersing yourself in the lively atmosphere of downtown Billings.
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Billings, Montana, is a gem to be discovered. From its rich cultural heritage to stunning natural wonders, this city offers a unique blend of adventure, history, and local charm. Whether you’re seeking outdoor thrills, exploring the past, or indulging in delicious local cuisine, Billings has something to offer. Venture off the beaten path and uncover the untamed beauty of Billings, Montana—it’s a journey you won’t soon forget.

This story is created in partnership with Visit Billings.

Montana’s Trailhead

Man mountain biking

Billings, also known as Montana’s Trailhead, is an outdoor lover’s paradise with diverse landscapes and trails, providing exhilarating mountain biking experiences and serene hikes amidst the region’s natural beauty. Mountain biking trails at Zimmerman Park and Acton Recreation Area cater to all skill levels and offer sweeping views of the valley below. The Rimrocks also provide scenic hikes with panoramic views overlooking the Yellowstone River that flows through the valley. If you’re looking for easy water access in the warmer summer months, consider spending the afternoon at Lake Elmo State Park, where you can swim, paddleboard, or enjoy a stroll around their paved trail. 

Man skiing at Beartooth Basin Summer Ski Resort

For more remote adventures, the Beartooth Mountains offer breathtaking alpine scenery. Beartooth Basin Summer Ski Area, about two hours south of Billings, offers skiers and snowboarders a unique opportunity to hit the slopes during the summer months. With its high elevation and reliable snow conditions, the resort provides a thrilling experience for winter sports enthusiasts seeking an unconventional skiing adventure. You can then continue your drive over Beartooth Pass Highway, one of the most scenic drives in the Rockies, to Yellowstone National Park or stop and take a hike somewhere along the highway.

Art of the American West

Woman looking at photo gallery in the Yellowstone Art Museum

Billings also boasts a colorful cultural heritage worth exploring. Start your journey by visiting the Yellowstone Art Museum, a treasure trove of contemporary and historic art from the region. The YAM offers a diverse range of exhibitions, educational programs, and community events, making it a must-visit destination for art enthusiasts and curious travelers alike. From paintings and sculptures to photographs and mixed media installations, the museum houses a wide array of artistic expressions that reflect the rich cultural tapestry of the American West.

Woman looking at Pictograph Caves

For a more ancient medium, check out Pictograph Caves State Park. The three caves in the park are adorned with intricate rock art created by indigenous tribes over 2,000 years ago. The vibrant pictographs depict a range of symbols, animals, and human figures, providing valuable insights into the culture and beliefs of the early inhabitants. Exploring the Pictograph Caves is like stepping back in time, where you can marvel at the artistic expressions of those who came before us and gain a deeper appreciation for the region’s rich history. Well-marked trails guide visitors through the park, leading them to the main attraction: the pictograph caves themselves. The trails are well-maintained, making it safe and accessible for visitors of all ages and abilities. The park also features informative signage along the trails, providing historical and cultural information about the cave art and the community that once inhabited the area.

The Big City of Billings

Woman eating at Walker's Grill in Billings, Montana

In addition to the art found in the museums and preserved in caves, Billings’ downtown also boasts colorful murals and street art. As you explore the streets of Montana’s largest city, be sure to include one of the many amazing bars, breweries, or restaurants on your itinerary. Dive into the culinary scene by trying authentic Montana cuisines, such as bison burgers, elk steaks, or fresh trout. Walkers Grill is a dining experience with a twist, fusing Asian, Mexican, and American classics with local ingredients. The Marble Table is also a unique lunch and dinner spot where you’ll find a variety of menu options and a modern yet cozy atmosphere. In fact, both Walkers and The Marble Table have James Beard Nominated Chefs.

If you’re looking to quench your thirst after a day of adventuring, head to the Montana Brewing Company, Last Chance Pub & Cider Mill, or one of the many other local breweries for a taste of craft beer brewed with pure Rocky Mountain water.

Crowd watching concert at Alive After Five concert series in Billings, Montana

Another flavor for experiencing Billings city life is Alive After Five. This highly anticipated summer event brings the community together for an evening of live music, food, and entertainment. Held on select Fridays during the warmer months, this free outdoor concert series takes place in the heart of downtown Billings. Local and regional bands take the stage, captivating the audience with their energetic performances across a variety of genres. Food trucks line the streets, offering a wide array of delicious cuisine to satisfy every taste. With a vibrant atmosphere, Alive After Five creates a lively and festive ambiance, making it a favorite gathering for locals and visitors alike to enjoy the magic of live music under the big sky.

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