1. There’s no such thing as a snow day.
In other parts of the country, a light dusting of snow means school is canceled, work is on hold and no one hits the road for days. Sorry to disappoint, but that’s not going to happen here in Montana. Blizzards? Sub-zero temps? Four feet of snow overnight? Just throw on some extra layers and handle it. If you’ve got kids, don't worry, if it's under -10 degrees they move recess inside.
3. It’s not all cowboys & horses.
Before you start Amazon shopping for cowboy hats, you should probably know that not everyone in Montana is strolling down Main Street with their spurs jingling. If you are not a cowboy, no need to dress like one. But, if you insist, you can guarantee the locals (and the real cowboys) will be getting a good laugh as you walk by.
4. Don’t bring your road rage.
The general rule of thumb in Montana is to be nice to your fellow drivers. And most of the time, that’s the case here in Bozeman. For those that are new to town there's that moment when you accidentally cut someone off and are greeted with a wave rather than a honk. And you wonder to yourself, “who ARE these people? Yep, we’re crazy like that and we want to keep it that way. So take your hand off the horn and give that next a$#hole a wave. If you are new to Montana, here are some more suggestions.
6. If you don’t have a dog, you should probably get one.
It’s a dog’s world here in Bozeman. On top of the hundreds of miles of trails, a half dozen off-leash parks, and plenty of doggy daycares, we also have plenty of stores just for the pups where you can find locally made dog beds, toys, and organic treats. And since it is Bozeman, you should probably get a lab and name it Bridger or Madison. We're creative like that.
7. A weather forecast is more of a suggestion.
Weather in Montana is unpredictable. It can snow in July and hit 75 degrees in November. It can also go from blue skies to a blizzard in an hour, so as you can imagine, weather forecasts are tough to report. We suggest taking those reports with a grain of salt and being prepared for anything, especially if you are headed to the mountains.
8. You better like beer.
We really like beer here in Bozeman, especially local beer. In fact, Montana has the most breweries per capita in the country. Of the 53 breweries in Montana, a handful of them are right here in Bozeman. Click here for our list of the best breweries in Bozeman. Cheers!
9. Don’t leave your bear spray in your car.
You’ll find out soon enough that owning bear spray is necessary if you want to explore any trails. But, the real lesson to be learned here is to never leave the bear spray in your car, especially in the summer. The temperature fluctuations in Montana could trigger a bear spray explosion. Which trust us, you do not want to be a part of. Photo credit: nbcmontana.com
10. Instagram is right. Montana is really, really beautiful.
Yes, there's a lot of hype about how beautiful Montana is. How it's the “Last Best Place”. As much as we'd like to keep it a secret, we can't deny that it truly is as beautiful as everyone says. We feel lucky every single day to call Montana home. Click here to read more about what it is like to live in Bozeman, MT.