Great American Road Trip

This is a journey that’s meant to be shared. In person. In all its glory. With the people you love. No distractions. No schedules. Just you and the open road. Every mile taking you further and further from routine.

Day 1:
Start your day with breakfast or coffee at one of our amazing local spots, then venture up to the trails at Swords Rimrocks Park for easy paced hikes and scenic views of the city. Park at the Swords parking lot or drive all the way up to Billings newest attraction, Yellowstone Kelly Interpretive Site. Luther Sage Kelly, or Yellowstone Kelly, was one of Montana’s most notable veterans. Enjoy the views of 5 mountain ranges while you take in this incredible site.

Take in some history of the city at Yellowstone County Museum before heading back downtown for lunch! Dine in or grab and go, then head up to Pictograph Cave State Park and explore the ancient caves while enjoying their picnic space!

Experience the west the way the cowboys did while taking in the Yellowstone Valley on horseback. Bitter Creek Outfitters offers fun outdoor recreation and authentic Montana moments, only ten minutes from downtown Billings.

Before heading back into Billings stop at Four Dances Natural Area for a small hike to epic views of the Yellowstone River.

Hiking or biking around Zimmerman Park is another great weekend activity. Just moments from downtown Billings you can enjoy and array of different trails for every level of enthusiast. For those looking to rent mountain bikes or explore more trails be sure to check out our outdoor enthusiast itinerary! (Link to outdoor itinerary)

Day 2-3:
Hit the road early to Yellowstone National Park via the scenic Beartooth
Highway, where America’s first national park provides endless wildlife and spectacular natural beauty. Spend a day exploring amazing scenery and recharge your batteries before heading back to Billings.

Day 4:
Wander through the ZooMontana and visit their latest addition, the sloth! Continue exploring along the Yellowstone River at River Front Park.
If you want a little more adventure, be sure to visit www.mtaudubon.org/center for information on campfire talks and enjoyable walks.

Yellowstone Art Museum is located in downtown Billings. At one time this beautiful building was the Yellowstone County Jail but is now a state of the art museum. The YAM has traveling exhibits as well as a visible vault where their artist in residency works.

Enjoy a well-deserved stroll along the Brew Trail and enjoy the shops and galleries between stops. End your day with delicious authentic cuisine from our local Food scene. Then indulge a delicious scoop at Big Dipper Ice Cream because let’s face it, you’re on vacation.

If the theater is more what you enjoy filling an evening with, the historic Babcock Theatre shows movies in downtown Billings seven days a week!

Day 5:
Explore two amazing National Monuments outside of Billings. First stop is the historic Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. (MT)*
From there head up Pompeys Pillar National Monument via Highway 47 for beautiful drive along the Bighorn River.

Spend the afternoon at Chief Plenty Coups State Park. This state park is about a 45 minute drive from Billings. Situated within the Crow Reservation, this park was home of Plenty Coups, last chief of the Crow. Plan at least an hour to walk the grounds and learn more about the story of Chief Plenty Coups’ life and how his leadership and vision helped bridge the gap between two cultures.

If you are looking to keep your historic afternoon closer to Billings be sure to check out the Western Heritage Center, formerly the Parmly Billings library, named for the son of Frederick Billings, our city’s namesake.

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