Crowne Plaza Hotel
July 17-23, 2016
"Montana - Adventure Awaits!"
Come join your fellow CACers as we visit ‘Big Sky Country’ for the 2016 Convention/Vacation of Catholic Alumni Clubs International, scheduled at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Billings, Montana, from Sunday afternoon, July 17, to Saturday afternoon, July 23. This 57th annual gathering of CACers from throughout the United States will include social events, daily Mass, daily breakfasts (except Saturday), hotel banquet dinners, an offsite Chuck Wagon Dinner on Tuesday evening, and much more, in addi- tion to opportunities to sign up for several tours of breathtaking views and historic sites.
Billings was nicknamed the ‘Magic City’ because of its rapid growth from its founding as a railroad town in 1882. The city is named for Frederick H. Billings, a former president of the Northern Pacific Railroad. It is surrounded by mountains: the Beartooths to the southwest, the Crazy Mountains to the west, the Pryor Range to the southeast, and the Snowies to the north. Billings connects you to the authentic historical west. Guests can immerse themselves in modern conveniences on the edge of the genuine frontier. Billings is Montana’s Trailhead.
Area attractions include Pompeys Pillar, Pictograph Cave, Chief Plenty Coups State Park, Zoo Montana, and the Yellowstone Art Museum. Within 100 miles are Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Red Lodge Mountain Resort, and the Bear- tooth Highway, which links Red Lodge to Yellowstone National Park.
The Crowne Plaza Hotel is located in the heart of downtown Billings, in close proximity to shopping, restaurants, and the Yellowstone Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. Our hotel is the tallest building and largest hotel in the state. The Montana Sky Restaurant on the top floor offers a unique dining experience with unparalleled views of the nearby mountain ranges.
Billings Logan International Airport (BIL) provides non-stop service to ten major cities: Denver, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Chicago, Seattle, Portland and Atlanta. The hotel provides complimentaryshuttle service to and from the airport, which is less than 4 miles from the hotel. All major auto rental agencies have counters at the Billings airport, with Enterprise having a location just a few blocks from our hotel. For those who plan on driving, Billings is just west of the juncture of I-90 and I-94. The Crowne Plaza, 27 North 27th Street, (406-252-7400), is just a few blocks off I-90 at exit 450, and offers complimentary self parking, either at the hotel or in a covered garage.
The following selection of tours is being offered as part of this year's convention:
- Historic Billings Tour
- Indian Trails Tour
- Yellowstone National Park Tour
- Beartooth Highway and Red Lodge Tour
- Lewis and Clark Tour
- Little Bighorn Battlefield Tour
- Zip Lining
- Whitewater Rafting (full- & half-day)
- Horseback Riding (full- & half-day)
- Wild Mustang Tour
- St. Labre Indian Tour
- Walking Tour of Billings
Post Convention — Glacier National Park, July 23-27
Extend your Montana vacation by taking a trip to Glacier National Park (GNP) and experience its breath-taking views. Our trip will start at the conclusion of the main convention in Billings, on Saturday, July 23. We will be gone for 4 nights, returning to Billings on Wednesday, July 27.
The trip package includes 4 hotel nights with breakfasts, bus transportation and guide, tour of GNP’s Going to the Sun Road on one of the Park’s Red Buses, a boat ride to Waterton Lakes National Park and the Prince of Wales Hotel (for those with a passport) or a tour of the Glacier area and Indian area (for those without a passport), and more.
For detailed information, see the 2016 CACI Post-Convention Info & Form.