Flights to Billings
Billings is the largest city in the US state of Montana. The city itself has a number of tourist attractions and it is often a popular stopping point for visitors who are coming to visit nearby Yellowstone National Park and also the Battle of Little Bighorn area.
Flight to Billings will arrive at the region’s largest airport, Logan International Airport (airport code: BIL), which should not be confused with the Logan International Airport in Boston (airport code: BOS)! The Billings airport is only 3 kilometres (2 miles) north of the downtown core, so getting into the city centre is quick and easy. There are no direct flights to Billings, and only Delta Airlines has a 1-stop route that connects in Atlanta. The rest of the airlines have 2 connecting stops en route to Billings. United Airlines stops first in Washington and then Denver, and Northwest Airlines connects in Amsterdam and Minneapolis.
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The Tourist Attractions in Billings:
Billings can be a good entry point to the United States for visitors who are coming to visit Yellowstone National Park, one of the country’s top tourist attractions, though the city has several of its own attractions which many entice tourists to hang around for a day or two before moving on.
As a top conference destination Billings also attracts many conference and business travellers too and is a popular venue for a variety of regional events, concerts and festivals.
Yellowstone Art Museum
Situated in downtown Billings is the Yellowstone Art Museum, the largest museum in the region. Set within what was formerly the Yellowstone County Prison the building has been expanded over the years, but parts of the old prison walls still exist and can actually be seen as an exhibit! The art work on display includes contemporary and historic work from the Rocky Mountain West region including paintings and sculptures.
The Moss Mansion Historic House Museum is a huge mansion that was built at the turn of the last century for the Moss family. Containing 28 rooms, the house is open for hour long tours in which visitors can see many of the house’s originals including furniture, carpets and fixtures.
Western Heritage Center
Located in the Historic District of downtown Billings, the Western Heritage Center is a museum set within a 1901 built building, which was formerly the library. The museum features an interesting collection of artefacts, exhibits and information on the Northern High Plains and Yellowstone River Valley life.
Pictograph Cave State Park
Just outside Billings is the Pictograph Cave State Park. Consisting of three caves that were used in ancient times the main feature is now the pictographs, or paintings, that are still visible within the largest cave, Pictograph Cave. The numerous paintings depict life for Native Americans over thousands of years.
The only zoo in the state of Montana is located here in Billings. Featuring wildlife from the native Rockies region, ZooMontana also has animals from around the world too. The natural habitats allow the animals to live in conditions very similar to the wild, and visitors can see species such as wolverines, sika deer, wolves, eagles, grizzly bears and more.
When Should You Visit?:
With hot temperatures many tourists prefer to visit Billings in the summer when average highs hit 30C in July, however, actual high temperatures can be far more on certain days. Late spring and early autumn are both fairly mild and even winter remains relatively mild due to the warming Chinook winds that often blow down this way.