The leisurely city of Billings, with its central location and international airport, is the gateway to Montana and the perfect base from which to explore the many attractions of this northwest state. Founded in 1882, the small city is situated on the Yellowstone River at the base of the Rimrocks, a set of distinctive rock formations. It was named for a former president of the Northern Pacific Railway, Frederick Billings, who piloted the railway line across Montana. Today, Billings remains an economic and transport hub for the state, and also serves as its welcome mat for tourism.
The city is filled with hotels, motels, and B&Bs. Its modern complexes like MetraPark and the Expo Center offers facilities for rodeos, concerts, and variety of other events like the Montana Fair. Its broad, tree-lined avenues also boast a variety of attractions. Museums and galleries such as the Yellowstone Art Museum, the Alberta Bair Theater, the interactive Western Heritage Center, and preserved historic buildings like the Moss Mansion. Within a day's drive of the city are three stunning national parks, Yellowstone, Glacier, and Grand Teton.