(BPT) - Whether it's a quick weekend trip or a weeks-long adventure, you want to visit a unique travel destination that's equal parts excitement and relaxation. One location has something for everyone, with countless awards and accolades: Billings, Montana.
Known as Montana's Trailhead, Billings perfectly blends culture and history with outdoor adventure and R&R. After a day of exploration, don't forget the world-class cuisine and vibrant craft beer scene. It's no surprise Billings is the "Best Town of 2016" according to Outside Magazine.
These 11 reasons are why Billings is a top destination among travelers. Learn more at www.visitbillings.com.
Billings and the area that surrounds it have been the location of numerous historic events. Take a step back in time by exploring Pompeys Pillar, some of the only remaining physical evidence of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Not to be missed, Little Bighorn Battlefield will give you a glimpse into the devastating fight of Custer’s Last Stand.
This famous gateway to Yellowstone National Park has left countless visitors speechless at Mother Nature’s stunning beauty. Just west of Red Lodge, Montana, this scenic pass is open Memorial Day through Labor Day, weather permitting.
Montana’s only walkable brewery district
The microbrew movement is alive and well in Billings. Noted as one of the “Best Cities for Beer Drinkers” by smartasset.com, your travel crew will enjoy sampling the best IPAs, stouts and pilsners in the regions — and arguably — the world.
With nearly 26 miles of paved and gravel trails, plus bike lanes throughout the city, Billings is truly a bicycle-friendly community. Enjoy the views from Swords Park Trail and then head west to explore the wild landscape surrounding Zimmerman Park. Wherever you go, your bike is sure to lead you somewhere exciting.
There are countless ways to learn more about Billing’s incredible heritage. For example, the Western Heritage Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, offers an interactive way to learn the history of the region. Another example: The Yellowstone Art Museum exhibits, interprets and preserves historic art of Montana.
Looking for something special to do with the kids? ZooMontana is it. Spend the day exploring the zoo's 70 acres that feature regional and exotic animals such as tigers, wolves, deer habitats and a free-flight aviary.
Sandstone formations known as Rimrocks are an incredible sight to behold. Make sure to schedule a scenic drive along the Rimrock Bluffs: Drive highway 3 from east to west and enjoy the sights of Billings from 500 feet above.
Prehistoric hunters left imprints on local caves that can still be seen today. The Pictograph Caves can easily be explored via a loop trail, offering an up-close view of pictographs, also know as rock paintings, that are thousands of years old.
Take the family fishing, enjoy a leisurely walk, explore biking trails — Yellowstone River is a must when in Billings. The longest free-flowing river in the lower 48 states is a true natural gem that begs to be explored.
Sports enthusiasts can get their cheer on thanks to a thriving sport community in Billings. Baseball lovers should check out the Billings Mustangs at Dehler Park, awarded the Best of the Ballparks, Rookie Level, by BallparkDigest.com. What’s more, Billings has been awarded the NAIA Women’s Basketball Tournament for 2017-2018. Hip, hip, hooray!
World Champion Burgers
When traveling, it's good to indulge in favorite foods. (Calories don't count on vacation, right?) That's why a visit to The Burger Dive is essential. As 2016 World Burger Championship winner at the World Food Championship, The Burger Dive serves up some of the best burgers in the country, right in the heart of Billings. Choose from the “I’m Your Huckleberry,” “Best of the Bash,” or the “Jerk” burgers for an award-winning taste experience.