Billings is the best of both worlds. It is the most populas, but only a few minutes from the middle of no where.
One way streets, factory smog and smell, nasty tasting water
There is a tour company in Billings called Montana Fun Adventures. They do local tours and seasonal tours. Then there are a few that stretch out over longer distances to area events and places. I took their Ghost Tour and had a good time on it. It was $21 and was about 1 hour & 20 minutes long. It narrated by a retired librarian Karen Stevens, who...more
It's been awhile since we stayed here on our way to Utah. We stayed in a room with the following; ...more
This is on over priced hotel for the money. The restaurant on the top level has great atmosphere,...more
This is a new hotel on the west end. There are a number of places that are popping up all around...more
The New York food critic and travel writer Steven Shaw wrote, “Who would have believed that Billings, Montana could be the home of a restaurant as good as Enzo?”Enzo has a pleasant interior decorated in Mediterranean shades of ochre and olive, with two levels and half moon pine bars. The menu features authentic Naples pizza made in an Italian wood...more
This is an Irish based fair. Mine was really good. I was roast beef, sauce, mash potatoes and bread - Don't recall the name of it. But it covered the plate for $9.99 and then I added onion rings for $1.99. The fish & chips my friend had the fish was really good, not so much for the chips. When we complained she said they make them in big batches,...more
Surprisingly we get some really good theater for being so back woods. We have had everything from Pork and Bess opera to the Ed Asner to many different comedians. Parking is free in the garages at night. There is one on 2nd Ave in the 2700 block, so you can cut across the alley for a quick walk. The theater is named for a local philanthropist...more
The Alberta Bair Theater is a wonderful place in Billings to enjoy live shows. This 1416 seat theater is on the National Register of Historic Buildings, and is the largest performing arts center between Minneapolis, Seattle, and Denver. The theater features such entertainment as plays, musicals, operas, dance groups, international groups,...more
Didn't get a chance to go in this place, but it was connected (next door) to Q Cuisine (see Restaurant Tip.)This tiny block, just adjacent to the Sheraton Billings, packs alot of punch. From the martini bar, to Q cuisine, to two art gallerys, a vintage clothing store, a hair salon, and what is supposed be the best bakery in town, one has many...more
There are several major ways to get to Billings by car. Two interstates connect here, I-90 & I 94. Then coming in from the north there is Highway 87.
We do now have a speed limit. It is strictly enforced at night.
You need to watch for deer at night! Look for the glare of the lights off their eyes.
They have great gift things as well as knickknacks to take home. Then there is the jewelry - this is a great outlet for Montana Agates which can only be found in this area. They can tell you by the color of the stone almost exactly where it was found. Anywhere from $25 upmore
Open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 to 9:00, and Sundays from 12:00 to 6:00, Rim Rock Mall has more than 100 shops, including four department stores, 85 specialty shops, movie theatres, and restaurants. Some of the stores you will find within this indoor mall are Abercrombie and Fitch, Eddie Bauer, Gap, Victoria Secrets, JCPenney, Herbergers,...more
This is a small, but very nice import shop which carries such things as wine, dishes, collectibles, and home decorating items. It also has a small food market of packaged and canned goods such as sauces, oils, candy, coffee, tea, pastas, etc. The store is open from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Monday through Saturday; and 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM Sunday. Wine,...more
Billings is a western town. Casual dress is acceptable anywhere. I have been to classy restaurants and the men were usually dressed in jeans and a shirt with a jacket. Women tend to dress up a bit more. But the lifestyle here is casual.
Just beware coming in June - during the Western Days festival. The Sheriff kidnapps a traveler with out-of-state car license tags and the kidnapped victim becomes a guest of Billings hospitality for the weekend and gets to ride on the main parade float.
A few restaurants and bars in Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, Idaho, and Kansas serve Rocky Mountain Oyster as a starter or appetizer. Be aware that these are not oysters, in fact they aren’t even related to an oyster. Rocky Mountain Oysters, sometimes known as Prairie Oysters, are considered by many people to be a true western delicacy. But what are they really? They are that part of male calves that are cut off when they are castrated during branding. This is done so that the cow will grow meatier, and behave less masculine. The part I am talking about is his testicles. That’s right, his testicles are cut off and thrown in a bucket of water. They are then peeled, washed, and cooked up for your pleasure. Like other meats, testicles can be cooked in a variety of ways, however generally those served in restaurants are deep-fried whole. Calf testicles are about the size of a walnut, and will come to your table hot and crispy (although somewhat chewy when eaten), often served with a spicy sauce to dip them in. In the old days of the west, during roundups cowboys and ranch hands just tossed the testicles on a hot iron stove and cooked them until done. I have heard that Rocky Mountain Oysters can also be made from the testicles of other animals, but the ones I have seen on menus in Wyoming and Montana have always been beef. Well, some people will eat anything, so if you want to try something traditional, Rocky Mountain Oysters are just the item for you. But remember, these are not oysters, just plain old testicles.
The weather here can change in a heart beat. We know how to read the sky - it is the only reasonable way to see what is coming. It is not uncommon in the fall and spring to have the heater on in the morning and evening and the AC during the day. The temps have wide spans. Not as bad as Eastern Montana, where you could have 100 deg. swing in the...more
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...more
The biggest thing to keep in mind about packing for a trip to Billings or Montana is that the weather can change quickly. I have seen it snow in July and I have worn shorts in December. Bring clothing that can be layered. Expect some cold weather - but as Billings is a dry climate - it seldoms rains here.more
Although the Buffalo Bill Center of the West (BBCW) is over 100 miles away, if you are in the area, and have the time, it would be a shame not to drive down to Cody, Wyoming to visit this wonderful, world class museum. Even if you are only a little interested in museums, this is a don’t miss. There are five sections to this museum. The Buffalo...more
The Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument is about 65 miles from Billing’s Logan International Airport. This monument preserves the history of Custer’s Last Stand, one of the last battles against the Plains Indians, who wished to preserve their ancestral way of life. In June, 1876 Lt. Colonel George Custer and the men of the 7th Calvary...more
4 miles south of Billings are pictograph caves. These are early drawings. There are actually 3 different caves. There are two you can get close to and the 3rd requires binoculars. The first cave is where the pictures really are. The second you can't see much of without binoculars. The third is the Ghost Cave where some have said they found stuff in...more
Billings has a pretty good hockey team - it is the Bulls. We often place towards the top of the league here. Never saw that side of my sister until I saw her at a hockey game - oh my!We also have arena foot ball with the Outlaws. That is actually fun to watch.Then for baseball in the summer there is the Mustangs. There was a new field just built...more
Within a 20 minute drive of billings is the new drag strip at Intermountain Motorsports Park In Acton, Montana. Events run just about every weekend from early May to late September. This track is gaining a reputation as one of the finest in the nation and because of this it is drawing drivers from all over the united states and Canada. It is also...more
Downtown Billings has so much to offer to visitors of this fun town. We made a short two night stay there recently and loved the downtown atmosphere. Plenty of fun little places to eat and find entertainment. We booked our hotel room on Priceline.com and got a fantastic room at a very low price at the Crown Plaza Hotel downtown. Our room at the...more
We have two hospitals in Billings. St. Vincents and Billings Clinic. I prefer St. Vincents to Billings Clinic. They are priced better and the doctors often catch thing in the ER that are missed at Billings Clinic. It is located off of N 27th street, just below the rims. http://www.svh-mt.org/more
The Billings Chamber of Commerce is located at 815 S. 27th St. You may write to them at P.O. Box 31177, Billings, MT 59107, or call (406) 252-4016 or (800) 735-2635. Here you can find information on where to stay and what to see while visiting Billings. The web page for the Billings Chamber of Commerce of Chamber is http://www.billingschamber.commore