A town so far east we barely made it out there on our first trip is Billings. Once you’re there, you’re half way from the Pacific Ocean to Minneapolis, and with our schedule getting busier and busier with each passing day, we weren’t even sure if we’d make it out there, but boy are we glad that we did.
Billings has so many great attractions, but more than that, it has really great people too, and there’s no better place to kick off the Billings leg of your tour than at the newly constructed Billings Visitor Center.
Not only do they have a statue out front so great that it gets two full pictures in this article, but once inside you’ll find more than just the regular run-down of touristy brochures for your taking.
The people there were really great to us, and they don’t mind drawing you out locations on the city map to show you all the different things in town that are of specific interest to you. I mean it, these people will literally listen to what you tell them you like, and then they’ll tell you what all they have in the area to fit your particular desires.
It’s like show and tell, except what they have is much cooler than anything I’m allowed to bring to school.
And I know that all visitor centers are supposed to operate in the same way, and many do, but there are two things that really set Billings apart. The first is that there’s a surprising amount to do in Billings, especially when you consider what a relatively small city Billings is. The second is that the people there don’t just have to tell you what’s in the area, they really want to. They’re proud of their city and its many splendors.
Our only regret was that there were still a handful of things leftover we didn’t manage the time to get to, though if we ever make it back that far east, we’ll surely try that much harder, because the locals never steered us wrong, and everything else they told us to check out was totally worth it.
Check them out online at www.billingscvb.visitmt.com, or stop by in person at 815 27th St. in Billings.