2014-12-092014-12-09 Rent an RV in Billings: Gateway to Yellowstone Park
Rent an RV in Billings: Gateway to Yellowstone Park
It’s not a big name in tourism, but Billings is working hard to be recognised as the best entry point to the remarkable Yellowstone National Park. As the largest city in Montana it has an international airport and travelling to Yellowstone via Billings means driving one of the most scenic roads in America, the stunning Beartooth Highway. Rent a camper through Motorhome Republic to get the most from this region. If you are looking for some inspiration, read our Yellowstone RV rental adventures guide.
From Billings, you can start a great American road trip passing through Salt Lake City, Reno, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Denver. Along the way you will get to see some of America's greatest National Parks.
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Where to stay: Billings RV Parks and Campgrounds
Yellowstone River RV Park and Campground is right in Billings at the exit off Interstate 90. It is an attractive park on land that has been family owned for 100 years. It has plenty of things to do, including a pool and a hot tub.
Billings RV Park is another well-located park, offering a bike trail and RV washing facilities.
Food and drink, hearty American fare
Cattle ranching is a key industry in Montana, so it makes sense to check out the local grass-fed beef. At Jake’s Steakhouse, their signature dish is Jake’s Great Filet; two sautéed filet medallions topped with crab, artichoke hearts, mushrooms and bearnaise sauce.
Stella’s Kitchen and Bakery is said to have the best breakfasts in town, or pick up some baking to take in the RV rental - their cinnamon roll are famous.
Beyond Billings: Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone is one of the world’s first established national parks. It is a geothermal wonderland, famous for the ‘Old Faithful’ geyser, one of many volcanic phenomenon. In fact, half the world’s geothermal activity is concentrated in Yellowstone -it is almost 3500 square miles in total area. While most of the park is in Wyoming State, parts of it extend into Montana and Idaho. Yellowstone Lake is one of the largest high-altitude lakes in North America, and is centred over Yellowstone Caldera, a super volcano that is still considered active.
Attractions of Billings
A must-do in Billings is to visit the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. This was the site of one of the last armed efforts of the Sioux and Cheyenne Indians to preserve their way of life, against the US Army’s 7th Cavalry. At the end of the battle, 263 soldiers, including Lt. Col George A. Custer, were dead. This is an important and still difficult part of American history, with memorials to both sides spread over the site.
The other must-see of Billings is to enter Yellowstone National Park via the Beartooth Highway. This route offers views of the Absaroka and Beartooth Mountains, high alpine plateaus, glacial lakes, forested valleys and waterfalls. The drive should take three to four hours, but why not slow down and take time to enjoy the scenery.
Driving Tips for Montana
You need to get your timing right if you want to take the Beartooth Highway option to Yellowstone, as the road is only open from late May until September, due to its high elevation. You can check the Beartooth Highway website for access if you are travelling at either end of the season, or in marginal weather. Be aware of bears in Yellowstone. It pays not to leave food out, as that may attract them.