If you’re only in Billings for 24 hours, you have to be picky about what you see and do – here’s our recommendations!
8:00 AM – The Sassy Biscuit
You have a full day ahead of you, so make sure you eat a good breakfast. At The Sassy Biscuit, you can enjoy biscuit pancakes – the Shorty has cookie butter in it! Order a side of eggs or bacon to incorporate some protein, and you’ll be ready to go.
9:00 AM – Bitter Creek Outfitter
Pull on your cowboy boots and head to Bitter Creek for a 2 hour horseback trail ride through the mountains, where you can enjoy the amazing views, as well as pretend you’re a cowboy in the Wild West. The horses are experienced, so even if you’re a beginner, you can feel safe and enjoy the trip.
12:00 PM – The Burger Dive
The Burger Dive is a Billings staple, so you absolutely must visit for lunch. The Thunderbolt is a spicy take on the all-American burger, with chipotle mayo and pepper jack cheese. Enjoy it with a Cinnamon Bear shake – if you can handle the heat!
1:00 PM – Yellowstone County Museum
This museum, located near the airport, is a great way to see Montana history. Their exhibits cover the Native American culture in the area, including the Sioux, Blackfoot, and Cheyenne, as well as the Wild West and the cowboys and saloons that came with. It’s not a particularly huge museum, but it packs a lot of information and displays in, so it’s definitely worth a visit.
3:30 PM – Big Dipper Ice Cream
Another Billings staple, Big Dipper can’t be missed. Take a mid-afternoon break and enjoy some of their unique ice cream – the Maple Walnut flavor is delicious, as is the Huckleberry! You can pile your favorite toppings on, or try your favorite flavor in a shake.
4:00 PM – High Plains Women’s Museum
When people think about the Western states, they picture cowboys and gold diggers, but women are often left out of the picture. The Women’s Museum aims to change that and a visit there rounds out your impressions of Montana, with interesting exhibits from oral histories to artifacts from the women who built the state.
6:30 PM – Lilac
This restaurant serves some amazing New American cuisine, making it a great stop for dinner. Start wth crispy green beans – the black truffle cream is amazing – and then a perfectly seared ribeye or a beer-brined pork chop.
8:30 PM – Last Chance Pub & Cider Mill
Finish the day by relaxing with the locals at the Last Chance. You can try some of their cider and beers, while you chat, learn about the brewing process, and enjoy a nice, fun evening out on the town.