The open road is calling you to the magnificent views, untamed wilderness and cultural attractions of Billings, Montana. As Montana’s Trailhead, Billings’ central location at the intersection of I-90 and I-94 makes it one of the premiere Great American Road Trip getaways in the country. Forge your own path to excitement as you meander along the secluded back roads and monumental highways to Yellowstone National Park, Beartooth Highway and beyond, for a road trip experience that puts adventure in the driver’s seat.
Billings isn’t just Montana’s Trailhead, it is the gateway to Yellowstone’s Most Scenic Route via the Beartooth Highway.
Less than an hour from Billings, the Beartooth Highway
provides breathtaking vistas from start to finish, guiding Roadtrippers through the most beautiful entrance into Yellowstone
–the nation's first national park.
The highway is a place filled with forever views and forever memories, Forbes
even calls it one of the country’s most dazzling drives. Reaching a peak of 10,977 ft through Beartooth Pass, Roadtrippers will immerse themselves in un-matched scenic views. The Beartooth Highway
, or Yellowstone’s Most Scenic Route, curves along some of the most extreme country in the world. Did we mention there are over 20 mountain peaks reaching more than 12,000 ft? There is no question why the highway has been designated a National Scenic Byways “All-American Road
The highway opened for the first time in June 1936 and has remained the highest elevation paved highway in the Northern Rocky Mountains. With these intense conditions, weather always brings a level of uncertainty for travelers. Sunny days can turn into snowstorms in the drop of a hat, and we recommend all visitors keep these conditions in mind when packing and planning your trip. Don’t worry though, Billings offers everything you need to gear up for your trip
Yellowstone’s Most Scenic Route
is easily accessible from Billings. Take Highway 212 toward Red Lodge to the start of the Beartooth Highway
. Continue along the scenic route for 68.7-miles to reach the northeast entrance of Yellowstone National Park
. The road is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, weather permitting.
The drive itself will take a few hours, depending on how quickly you let the stunning views pass you by. Plan to enjoy this drive as part of your national park experience. Due to high demands, be sure to have your car rental reservation before you come.
SCENIC LOOP ROUTES
Experience Montana your way. Along the road to these beautiful sites, rich in Montana heritage, savor Montana cuisine and explore our local museums and cultural centers. These loops promise breathtaking experiences by day and relaxing hospitality by night.
If you are craving stunning scenic landscapes, Bighorn Mountain Vista Loop
is calling your name. Leave from Billings in the morning and to reach Hardin just in time for lunch. While you’re there, stop by the Bighorn County Historical Museum
to take a glimpse at a bygone era. The 150-mile loop offers breathtaking views and picturesque stops along the winding Bighorn River.
Experience the Best of the West through charming small towns with Western flair. We recommend Roadtrippers stop along the Roundup River Walk Heritage Trail. Pro tip: the Jersey Lilly Saloon is a hot spot to grab lunch. The loop totals 255-miles, a 5-hour trip.
Take in panoramic views along the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway
. Chief Joseph led the Nez Perce Indians out of Yellowstone National Park
and into Montana along this same route in 1877. Spend a full day or more taking it all in.