"Just next door to me - Billings, MT" Top 5 Page for this destination Billings by Dymphna1

Billings Travel Guide: 91 reviews and 119 photos

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Billings was founded by Fredrick Billings in the 19th century. Billings was a railroad stop that grew. The yard is not as big as it once was and other industries have grown up here. We are the largest city in Montana with about 100,000 people here. The area is still growing, despite the economic downturn in the rest of the country. We are the medical hub for the eastern end of the state. Because of the sparse population it is not unheard of to have to travel long distances to get to a hospital. It maybe over 50 miles between hospitals and they are small. If there is anything major, they will send the patient to Billings.

We also now have 2 refineries/coker plants as major employers, (Conoco & Exxon). Oil is in great abundance in the area, most of it we can't drill for because of laws blocking the drilling. There is also a sugar beet factory, it is a major crop in the surrounding land.

This monument stands in front of the what is considered to be the most haunted place in Billings, the old Parmly building. .

From the Rims

The airport is located on top of what we call the 'rims'. It is a bluff area that rises up in the middle of the city. If you are flying into or out of Billings - sometimes it is better not to watch. When coming in, you are coming in to the area at the top of the rims and sometimes it can be unnerving. Going out, the ground drops away FAST!

The rims give an unique feature to Billings. Many people spend time climbing and repelling here. (The nuts will do the repelling upside down.) The picture is taken from the top of the rims looking down upon the city. On a clear day you can see the Pryor Mountains in the South East and the Beartooth Range to the South West. You vision is at this point spanning better than 100 miles between the two ranges. We truly live up to our name, Big Sky Country. When you look up, there is sky that reaches from horizon to horizon. I will post a few other pictures from here to show the vastness of the sky.

Downtown Billings

This is the best area for the nightlife. Several of the best restaurants and dance clubs are in the historic sector.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Billings is the best of both worlds. It is the most populas, but only a few minutes from the middle of no where.
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Aug 23, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Thanks for the introduction to Billings. I've never even been to Montana, so this all seems really exotic to me.

  • aussirose's Profile Photo
    Sep 15, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    Big Sky Country indeed mate!! :o) Enjoyed a rummage around your page here. Love your weather tip :o) Hugs, Ann.

  • 6aruna's Profile Photo
    Jun 2, 2011 at 5:28 AM

    interesting writing style

  • GrantBoone's Profile Photo
    Feb 24, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    I remember Billings was often mentioned in episodes of Dynasty when I was a kid! Enjoyed reading your page.

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Oct 27, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    I was in Billings a few years ago, but only for a few hours while changing busses, but i had quite a good time walking around town.

  • christine.j's Profile Photo
    Sep 2, 2010 at 3:13 AM

    Ghosts in the hotel, in a restaurant, the theatre and in a cave - it seems people don't like to leave Billings, even after they're dead.From your description I can understand why.

  • DennyP's Profile Photo
    Aug 14, 2010 at 11:56 PM

    Really interesting tips Lee Ann..I have always wanted to visit this part of the US..Montana ,Utah and Wyoming..hopefully next year..

  • raytor's Profile Photo
    Apr 26, 2010 at 9:08 AM

    The next step? buying your own bike? Or riding over to Hamilton to meet up with EllenH?

  • glabah's Profile Photo
    Dec 10, 2009 at 7:39 AM

    It's always fun to see what people have to say about cities near to where they live. If you like Native American art, see my Horsethief Lake, WA page or Kalama, WA (more modern) page.

  • y2ketan2007's Profile Photo
    Dec 2, 2009 at 9:20 AM

    Nice page here with a lot of interesting information.Best wishes !


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