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Ringed by six mountain ranges, Billings has stunning views from literally every direction. The city is divided by the Rimrocks – sandstone cliffs that run through downtown. The Yellowstone River adds to the natural beauty, twisting through the southeastern portion of the city. The city is called “Montana’s Trailhead,” and the landscape is more than simply beautiful – it is an outdoor adventurer’s paradise. Hiking, skiing, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, snowboarding, tubing – name the adventure, and you’ll find it in Billings.
Billings is the county seat of Yellowstone County and is Montana’s largest city with more than 100,000 residents. It has a strong, thriving economy based partly in oil and partly in tourism. Billings sits in the shadow of Yellowstone National Park, the oldest national park in the US and one of the most popular parks in the country. Yellowstone is home to bison, grizzly bears, and wolves. It is also home to the most geysers in the world – more than 300, including the iconic “Old Faithful.” With this wild, beautiful park sprawling over 2 million acres as your backyard, renting an apartment in Billings is bound to be one exciting adventure after another.
Things to Do in Billings:
Located in the northwestern corner of Wyoming and extending into Montana and Idaho, Yellowstone National Park is as wild and wonderful as it is iconic. It consists of canyons, mountains, rivers, and lakes. It features waterfalls, geysers, and one of the largest petrified forests in the world. It is home to the fantastic Grand Prismatic Spring, the country’s largest hot spring and the third-largest in the world.
Yellowstone Park is situated over the Yellowstone Caldera, North America’s largest super-volcano. Most of Yellowstone contains rocks and lava flows from ancient eruptions. Yellowstone is a tremendous park that offers camping, hiking, boating, and fishing. Tours are also available, and Yellowstone is home to more than 2,000 campsites. The park was established in 1872.
But while you could spend a lifetime exploring Yellowstone National Park, there are many other things to do in Billings. Travel just 25 miles northeast and you’ll discover one of the smallest National Monuments in the nation – Pompeys Pillar National Monument, covering just 51 acres. The sandstone pillar, created about 75-66 million years ago, is covered with Native American petroglyphs and the signature of William Clark – the Lewis and Clark Expedition traveled the Yellowstone River and stopped here with Sacagawea and her son, whom Clark had nicknamed “Pompy.” Clark named it Pompys Tower and it remained that until 1814, when the name was changed to Pompeys Pillar.
If you enjoy caves – and specifically caves with pictographs – then be sure to visit Pictograph Cave, which is listed as an National Historic Landmark. This landmark consists of three caves – Middle and Ghost in addition to Pictograph. More than 30,000 artifacts have been discovered in the caves, along with the remains of about 20,000 animals. The pictographs in Pictograph Cave date back about 2,100 years.
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area is another must after you move to your new apartment in Billings. This breathtaking canyon includes the 71-mile Bighorn Lake as well as part of the Pryor Mountains Wild Horse Range and about a third of the Crow Indian Reservation. Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area covers more than 120,000 acres and is popular for wildlife viewing, hiking, boating, and fishing. Wild horses roam the canyon, 1,000-foot-high sheer cliffs ring the lake, and the fly-fishing is amazing – what more could you want in a park?
Attractions in Billings include historic locations, such as the Moss Mansion and the Downtown Historic District. Museums such as the Western Heritage Center and the Yellowstone Art Museum are also popular. After hiking, camping, rock climbing, rappelling, rafting, boating, mountain biking, fishing, and skiing, you’ll enjoy all of the restaurants and shopping areas, concerts and events at the Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark, and theater performances at Alberta Bair Theater.
What to Consider When Moving to Billings:
Billings is home to Montana State University Billings, Rocky Mountain College, and Yellowstone Baptist College. With impressive views of the Beartooth Mountains as inspiration, this vibrant city also has a thriving art scene that includes the Western Heritage Center, the Billings Studio Theater, and the Billings Symphony Orchestra.
While the landscape will inspire you, Billings will ground you – this is a thriving city that is home to such major companies as GE and Wells Fargo. It is home to a vast number of shopping centers that include Shiloh Crossing, the West Park Promenade, and Billings Town Square.
You may be surprised by the weather in Billings –the climate is semi-arid, so you’ll enjoy hot summers and relatively dry winters with an average snowfall of about 22 inches. The snow won’t stick around for long – the Chinook winds (warm winds that blow from December to around March) tend to keep the snow to a minimum – these winds are often referred to as “snow eaters.”
Find your Billings apartment now and soon you’ll enjoy events such as the Strawberry Festival and the Wine and Food Festival and outdoor adventure that includes mountain climbing, skiing, hiking, rock climbing, rappelling, mountain biking, boating, golfing, and motorcycle trails.
Why Billings Apartments Are Hot:
Sure, Yellowstone National Park is your backyard – along with various other national parks, national monuments, and fantastic locations. Mountains surround Billings, providing a beautiful view from every direction. It is a city with a strong economy and a low cost of living. Downtown Billings is filled with shops, restaurants, theaters, museums, and businesses.
Billings is an award-winning city with a fantastic bike trail system. In fact, Billings is listed as one of the nation’s top 50 bicycle-friendly communities by Bicycling Magazine. The Billings METropolitan Transit (MET) buses have bike racks to help their bicycle-riding passengers get around faster and easier.
If you are considering apartments in Billings, you may already know why they are hot – stunning beauty, fun-filled adventures, fantastic historic sites, wildlife, and a strong economy so you’ll be able to enjoy it all.
- Boothill Cemetery – before it was Billings, it was Coulson – a wild town where most residents died with their boots on.
- Moss Mansion Historic House Museum – A massive home with 28 rooms, decorated with the original 1903 furniture.
- Beartooth Highway – a gorgeous scenic drive that leads to Yellowstone Park.
- Pompeys Pillar National Monument – Captain Clark (of Lewis and Clark) was here – his signature at the top of the Pillar says so.
- Custer National Forest – the highest point of this rugged park is Granite Peak, the highest point in Montana.
- Buffalo Bill Historical Center – Home to five museums, the center examines the life of Buffalo Bill Cody and the American West.
Mount Wood, with Granite Peak in the background.
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The Billings, Montana Skyline
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Pompey's Pillar, engraved with William Clark's signature dated July 25, 1806.
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Bison grazing along the Yellowstone River
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Lower Falls, Yellowstone River
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Large Hot Spring in Yellowstone National Park
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