Billings is the largest city in the state of Montana, with a population of 101,182. Nicknamed the “Magic City”, it is said that Billings “grew like magic” from a railroad town in the late 1800s to the city it is today. Not only is Billings the largest city in Montana, but it is also the largest city within a 500-mile radius. This status makes it the nexus of shopping and accommodations for travelers and area residents. Many tourists are drawn to Billings because of its proximity to Yellowstone National Park, Pompey's Pillar and the site of the Battle of Little Bighorn.
Nicknamed the “Star of the Big Sky Country,” Billings is the financial, medical, agricultural and cultural center of the Northern Rockies/Great Plains. The city continues to expand with no end in sight, creating new construction and infrastructure projects for the many “big city” businesses that intend to make this area home. With all of this new development, Billings is in the runnings for becoming the next major city of the Northern Rockies/Great Plains region.
Attractions in and around Billings include the Yellowstone Art Museum, the Western Heritage Center, ZooMontana, Billings Depot, and Skypoint, a tent-like structure that covers a downtown intersection. Nearby sites of interest include Yellowstone National Park (to which Billings is considered the gateway city), the Western Romance Company, Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument and the Pictograph Cave National Historic Landmark, to name a few. Year round, Billings plays host to a series of cultural events such as the Wine and Food Festival at MSU, the Strawberry Festival under Skypoint, the Battle of Little Bighorn Re-enactment, Skyfest hot air balloon extravaganza and the Magic City Blues Festival. From hiking, mountain climbing, rock climbing and fishing to art walks, food fairs and rodeos, there is never a lack of activities in Billings.