7 days in Billings & West Yellowstone Itinerary

7 days in Billings & West Yellowstone Itinerary

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7 days in Billings & West Yellowstone Itinerary

Start: Billings
1
Billings
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
End: Billings

3
nights
Billings

Billings ©
Billings is the largest city in the state of Montana, and is the principal city of the Billings Metropolitan Area with a population of 166,855.Billings is located in the south-eastern portion of the state and is the seat of Yellowstone County, which had a 2015 population of 157,048. Change things up with these side-trips from Billings: Pompeys Pillar National Monument (in Pompeys Pillar), Crow Agency (Little Bighorn Battlefield & Custer Battlefield Trading Post & Cafe) and Custer Battlefield Museum (in Garryowen). There's much more to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, identify plant and animal life at Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary, steep yourself in history at Pictograph Cave State Park, and take in the dramatic natural features at The Rimrocks.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Billings travel itinerary planner .

In August, daytime highs in Billings are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Billings

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Crow Agency, Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary, Custer Battlefield Museum, Pompeys Pillar National Monument
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Pictograph Cave State Park ©
Pictograph Cave State Park
Horseback Riding Tours
Moss Mansion ©
Moss Mansion

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West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and then explore the striking landscape of Gibbon Falls. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, and then take in the natural beauty of West Thumb Geyser Basin.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the West Yellowstone trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Billings to West Yellowstone in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Billings in August: highs in West Yellowstone hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 37°F. On the 21st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park
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Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful

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