Big Sky’s largest city—Billings, Montana—beams with hues of gold, amber, and tangerine in the autumn. In addition to the stunning fall foliage, Billings pops with splashes of culture, art, events, and live music. Here in “The Treasure State,” great Wild West treasures await!
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Undoubtedly, the best way to explore the scenery around Yellowstone is from the back of a horse. Flying Pig Adventure Company offers horseback rides for all skill levels, from novice riders to expert horsemen. Meandering through Yellowstone National Park on horseback is a special experience and really encourages riders to slow down and take in the surrounding beauty.
We awoke to the smell of the crisp mountain air and moseyed out of our “glamping” tent to greet the day. We ventured out for a horseback ride with some of the folks we met the night before at the cookout. Our guides so graciously extended our ride since we missed out the night before. We were continuously impressed at how accommodating our hosts were!
It’s one thing to see bison on the shoulder of the road; it’s something entirely different to stand on the shoulder of the road, hearing and seeing a pack of wolves communicate over your head. This is the difference between a self-directed tour and a guided Yellowstone wildlife tour.
Just an hour drive from the Yellowstone north entrance, Livingston, Montana is something out of an old-fashioned western fairytale. The small town is nestled between four stunning mountain ranges and lies alongside the Yellowstone River. From historic hotels and local beef dinners to world-class fishing and waterfall hikes, Livingston is easily one of the best year-round options for a home base when visiting Yellowstone National Park.
Although Alaska normally is the first place people think of in reference to snow dog sled tours, there are so many other snowy locations that offer unforgettable sledding experiences! It helps that these locations are a bit closer to home, too. Ranging from California to Minnesota, here are five places you can dog sled to your heart’s content.
Great road trips typically have three things in common: good company, the scenic route, and a home-base that’s small enough to be authentic, but big enough to offer amenities, adventure and good food. Billings, Montana contains all the ingredients for the recipe of a great road trip through Montana.
From horse tails to mountain bike trails, I explored the countryside that envelopes Billings, Montana. With amazing trails in all directions from Billings, it was easiest and most comfortable to basecamp in Montana’s “big city”. I definitely took advantage of the plush accommodations and tasty menus around town!
Exploring Yellowstone by car is just fine, but it’s even more enjoyable from the saddle of a horse, front of a raft, or the end of a fly rod! Better yet, combine all activities into the perfect three day vacation. Add in some hot springs, a cowboy cookout, and perhaps a famous huckleberry shake for a truly memorable adventure in northern Yellowstone. Before you pass through the famous Roosevelt Arch into Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, Montana, swing by the Flying Pig Adventure Company and gear up for the perfect three days in northern Yellowstone.
When I think of Montana, I think of the quintessential outdoor destination. A place where rivers are chock full of legendary fish, the skies are endless, and a cowboy sits in every other seat. Sure, that’s all part of it, but Montana–Billings specifically–has even more to offer than I ever realized. There are so many things to do in Billings, Montana; from a walkable brewery district and farm fresh restaurants, to historic sites and hiking trails on the edge of the city. Live music? Tons of it! Billings is simply an underrated destination. With a few days, and this sample itinerary, explore Billings–a city with a small town vibe.