Lucky you! Looks like you’ll soon be paying a visit to the “Last Best Place”. If you’ve never visited Bozeman before, you’re in for a good time. It doesn’t matter if you’re visiting Bozeman in the spring, summer, winter or fall, there is plenty here to keep you busy year-round! Here’s everything what you need to know for your visit to Bozeman.
BOZEMAN YELLOWSTONE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
As Montana’s busiest airport, the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport provides the only year-round service for Yellowstone National Park and is the main hub for travelers looking to visit Bozeman, Big Sky, Livingston, West Yellowstone, Gardiner and other areas in Southwest Montana. While the airport is small by most standards, you will instantly feel like you’re in Montana with sculptures of bison & bears as décor and the beautiful Bridger Mountain Range as a backdrop.
Travelers tip: Cab services in Bozeman leave much to be desired and struggle to keep up with the high demand. Do not count on a cab service to be outside once you land. Instead, head straight to the car rental counter or catch an Uber. The airport is located on the outskirts of Belgrade, Montana and is a 15-20 minute drive to downtown, Bozeman.
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WHERE TO STAY
It wasn’t long ago that the options for lodging in Bozeman included a few dozen chain hotels, a lodge or two and a handful of VRBO’s. But oh, times have changed. Now, travelers can choose from two of the best-rated hotels in Bozeman, boutique style hotel The Lark or the stylish Element Hotel along with dozens of Airbnb’s, VRBO’s and Bed & Breakfasts. And that’s just downtown! In other areas of town there are countless choices for lodging like the rustic style Gallatin River Lodge, this secluded treehouse or the charming Lindley House Bed & Breakfast – just to name a few.
Travelers Tip: For budget, travelers check out Bozeman’s only hostel, the Treasure State Hostel located in the best location – right downtown!
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LIFE IS DOWNTOWN
There’s no way you can visit Bozeman without making at least one stop downtown. We’ll make a strong bet that you’ll be quickly charmed by the mom n’ pop style breakfast joins, art galleries, bookstores and specialty shops filled with locally made products. Lucky for us (and for you!) Bozeman’s history has been well preserved with more than 13 historic buildings in just 10 blocks, many which date back to the late 1800’s. Don’t be fooled though, there’s nothing old about Bozeman’s downtown scene. You’ll find live music, whiskey bars, art walks, brewery’s, bingo nights, rooftop bars and cocktail lounges downtown – should be enough to keep you busy while you’re here!
Travelers tip: check out www.BozemanEvents.net for the best list of scheduled events.
There’s no point in visiting Bozeman if you plan to sit in your hotel room all day. Grab a bike or rent a car and get yourself outside! Bozeman has an awesome “Main Street to the Mountains” trail system that winds its way all through town, leading you towards the mountains. This is a great way to get yourself out and about if you have limited transportation. If you have a car, well, Montana is your oyster. Hyalite Canyon is our top pick for visitors because you get the best of everything. Waterfalls? Check. Alpine Lakes? Check. Peaks to climb? Check. Large body of water where you can canoe, paddle board, swim, kayak or just chill? Check. If you have time for more, exploring the Bridger Mountain Range with a quick hike up Sypes Canyon or climbing the tallest peak, Sacagawea are our best suggestions. If it’s winter, you’ll definitely want to strap on some skis and get some turns in at either Bridger Bowl, Big Sky Resort or Bohart Ranch.
Travelers tip: If you are heading into the mountains, be sure to bring bear spray!
Bozeman’s public transportation system is not what most are used to, but thanks to the free bus service the Streamline Bus, it’s rapidly improving! The Streamline bus route provides service to and from Bozeman, Belgrade, Four Corners, Livingston and connects with the Skyline Bus System for a route to Big Sky. If you want to get the most out of your visit to Big Sky Country we highly recommend renting a car, this is the land of wide open spaces after all. Renting a bike is also a great option to cruise around town.
Travelers tip: Rent your bike from Owenhouse Cycling downtown and be on the Main Street to the Mountains trail within minutes!
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EAT YOUR HEART OUT
While we’re no NYC, we’ve got a pretty happening food scene here in Bozeman. And we think you’re going to like it! Many visitors come to Montana looking for that classic meat n’ potatoes kind of meal, which places like Open Range or Ted’s Montana Grill do oh, so well. You’ll also notice Montana inspired dishes like bison burgers or smoked trout dip at many of the classic American style restaurants. But once you feel like you’ve done the steak & potatoes thing, there is so much more Bozeman has to offer. Fresh tacos from the very-hip Victory Taco truck, farm-made modern creations at Bisl, home-style Italian at the Emerson Grill and the raw seafood bar at Feast are just the start. Happy eating.