Billings city guide

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Billings, is among the largest cities in this state, the most important metropolitan area circundante.Bem Welcome to Montana, the perfect base to explore the sights of this great state, the gateway to the Old West.

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 vast, northerly US State.

The small city, founded in 1882, is situated on the Yellowstone River at the base of the Rimrocks, a set of distinctive rock formations, and 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 bristles with hotels, motels and B&Bs, its modern complexes like MetraPark and the Expo Center offering facilities for rodeos, concerts, the Montana Fair and a variety of other events. Its broad, tree-lined avenues also boast a variety of attractions: museums and galleries such as the unique Yellowstone Art Museum, the renowned 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 

Hotels and resorts

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Crowne Plaza Billings

http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/crowneplaza/hotels/us/en/billings/bilcp/hoteldetail

For those who want to be sheltered from the mountains and low temperatures, wanting a link urban heart of downtown offers the Crowne Plaza Hotel Billings. Formerly known as the Sheraton Billings Hotel is the tallest in the city, offering the comfort you expect. Exceptional view of the city, gym, Starbucks on site and access to wi-fi. The stay will prove to be quite enjoyable.

Red Lodge Mountain

http://www.redlodgemountain.com/

For extreme sports lovers and winter white robes, Red Lodge Mountain Resort is a ski area that has recently undergone an expansion of terrain, adding new tracks, some created for high speeds, for other amateurs who have a first experience , thus obeying the increased demand own the season 

Galleries

Sandstone gallery

http://www.sandstonegallery.org/

The Sandstone Gallery displays and sells art by Montana artists in a variety of styles and media.Included are paintings in oils, watercolor and multi media, photography, sculpture, ceramics, fused glass, etchings, engravings, drawings and jewelry. Styles range from western to contemporary. 

Harry Koyama Fine Art

http://www.harrykoyama.com/

Harry Koyama Fine Art is the studio/gallery of Montana native Harry Koyama. Mr. Koyama specializes in oil paintings of western wildlife, Native American subjects as well as local landscapes 

Restaurants

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Bistro Enzo

http://www.bistroenzobillings.com/

With a European environment, the Enzo Bistro offers a tantalizing mix of Italian, French, Asian and American. Fresh fish back, meat cooked in a wood oven and pizzas, accompanied by a selection of wines and beers make this very eclectic menu. With a relaxed atmosphere, the staff is known for detail, efficiency and attentive customer. Thanks to the loyalty of their customers, this restaurant is a consistent choice of “Billings Gazette reader’s choice”.

The Athenian greek restaurant

The Athenian restaurant has been the stepping stone for the Renzios Greek Food Restaurants. Renzios Greek Food is a national franchise company specializing in Greek food, quick service, restaurants with locations in shopping malls all around the country. While you are visiting Montana, I invite you to discover The Athenian for a wonderful dining experience in downtown Billings. 

Museums

The Moss Mansion historic House Museum

http://www.mossmansion.com/index2.html

Do not miss the imposing Moss Mansion, listed as a national historic place, designed by architect HJ Hardenberg (who also designed the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel and Plaza in New York). The Moss Mansion is full of furniture, artifacts and period clothing.

Western Heritage Center

http://www.ywhc.org/

Discover the past with interactive computers, hands-on exhibits and videos when visiting the Western Heritage Center, which portrays the culture and history of the Yellowstone River Valley. This institution is affiliated with the Smithsonian Institute 

Yellowstone Art Museum

http://www.artmuseum.org/

One of the most fascinating exhibits found at the Yellowstone Art Museum would no doubt be the recently completed Visible Vault, which serves both as an interactive art center and storage facility. At the Visible Vault, visitors may study artists at work in the artists-in-residence studio.

Country club living

Eaglerock Golf

http://www.eaglerockgolfcourse.com/

Eaglerock Golf Course is an 18 hole daily fee facility with a full service clubhouse, completely stocked golf shop, PGA Professional on staff, golf instruction available, full driving range, practice and putting greens. Eaglerock was opened for its first full season in 2004, and features a links style layout with Kentucky Bluegrass fairways and some of the best Bent grass greens in area.

Yegen Golf Club

http://www.yegengolfclub.com/

Since opening the doors in the fall of 1992, the Yegen Golf Club has become one of Billings’ premier public courses. This links style course has matured into a challenging, yet enjoyable destination for players of all abilities.

Spas

Big Horn Resort

http://www.thebighornresort.com/

The Big Horn Resort is great for business and leisure. We offer 108 sleeping rooms including executive and Jacuzzi suites as well as 4,500 square feet of meeting space with high speed and wireless Internet access.

Art shows

Billings symphony

http://billingssymphony.org/

Expect all the fanfare of any celebration befitting royalty–from British composers featured at the most recent Royal Wedding to Mozart’s beloved “Coronation Mass. 

Rimrock opera

http://www.rimrockopera.org/

Rimrock Opera presents Verdi’s Aïda, the grandest of the grand operas. A spectacle of pyramids, priestesses and dancing girls, armies of soldiers and slaves, frame a treacherous love triangle and a relationship that was never meant to be 

Points of interest

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Billings Studio Theatre

http://www.billingsstudiotheatre.com/ 

The Billings Studio Theatre is a performing venue in Billings, Montana. It is home to a community theatre group of the same name. 

Alberta Bair Theatre

http://www.albertabairtheater.org/

The Alberta Bair Theater is committed to nourishing the lives of everyone in the community by providing a wholesome variety of exciting learning experiences in the arts for educators and their students. Committed to providing exciting, engaging and practical learning opportunities, the theater aims to encourage teachers to become better mentors.

Zoo Montana

http://www.zoomontana.org/

Whenever you’re in Montana, there will be no reason for you to look for any other zoo to bring your family but the Zoo Montana. This 70-acre zoo and botanical park is the only park of its kind in the state. Located in Billings, Yellowstone County, Montana, it has become the permanent home of animals from the Rockies and other exotic animals coming from other

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