Gear for Billings
There are lot's of things to do outdoors here so make sure you bring a good pair of hiking boots or walking shoes. Casual dress is accepted just about everywhere so bring comfortable clothes. It is usually pretty dry here but the weather can change drastically in a short amount of time so be prepared. Billings in on a valley floor but the nearby mountains have been know to get snow in July on occasion. It can also get in the 90's here in August. Bring lots of film, there are photo opportunities around every corner. There are campgrounds in the mountains within and hours drive or so.
A Little Urban Treasure in "Big Sky" Country!
Billings is Montana's largest city. You can get there by flying into Billings airport (BIL) via several air carriers--Delta/SkyWest; United/ComAir; AmericaWest. After you arrive at the airport, the downtown area is just straight down the road into the valley.
The downtown area is undergoing redevelopment and revitalization. The heart of Downtown is at Second Avenue North and Broadway, where you will find cobblestone sidewalks, ironwork, flowers, trees and an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants. In one block, there was a small indepedent bookstore, Global Village (a shop that sells items made by native peoples all over the world, for fair market prices that go back to the artisans and craftspeople), a deli, a pub/microbrewery/casino, and western clothing store, an art gallery, and an new mixed-use historic preservation building that will include 18 units of affordable housing above the expanded pub and retail shops.
I didn't know what to expect on my first visit to this town, but it was a nice surprise! See my Restaurant Tips here--there are a few restaurants here that will rival any restaurants to be found in culinary capitals such as San Francisco, etc.
If you happen to traverse through Billings, you will be pleased.