Billings, which is Montana's largest city, has a great deal in common with its smaller sister Missoula. Both are cities with a strong grip in their heritage and an eye on their future. Both are college towns (Billings is the home of Montana State University). And Billings, like Missoula, is a great base of operations from which visitors can explore Montana's natural wonders and outdoor adventures.
Billings is no slouch in the culture department. Far from it, it can boast the impressive parade of performing arts and cultural events that come to the prestigious Alberta Bair Theater. Regional and western artists are on display at the very fine Yellowstone Art Museum. The kids will flip over Zoo Montana's Wolverines,Bald Eagle and Red Pandas.
History Buffs will want to take a tour of the Moss Mansion, the red sandstone building built in 1903 by lumber mogul and Democratic congressman Preston Boyd Moss.
There are 3 national parks within a day's drive of Billings Montana: Yellowstone, Glacier and Grand Teton. The surrounding mountains, rivers and woodlands are full of enough Elk, Moose, Deer, upland birds and waterfowl to keep hunters happy. Anglers can cast their lines in Rock Creek or the Boulder, Stillwater and Yellowstone Rivers, and their tributaries. All manner of water sports areavailable at Billing's area reservoirs.
History buffs take note: The Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument is only 60 miles southeast of Billings Montana, where the forces of Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull defeated and destroyed General George Armstrong Custer and 225 cavalry soldiers.