It doesn't get much more scenic than Bozeman! The fourth largest city in Montana, Bozeman is nestled between four mountain ranges and is only a 90 minute drive to Yellowstone National Park. Montana State University brings an abundance of art and cultural events to the city, which was recently named one of the best places to live by Time Magazine. In fact, Bozeman is one of the fastest growing cities in the Mountain West, and it isn't hard to see why. Bozeman's spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife and access to outdoor recreation attract a steady flow of new residents and visitors every year.
Before it was settled by early pioneers, Bozeman and the surrounding area were called the "Valley of the Flowers" by the indigenous tribes that traveled through the area. It wasn't until 1863 that a man named John Bozeman established a town in Gallatin Valley in his name. The fertile land attracted many settlers to the area, and by the early 20th century, Bozeman became known as "The Sweet Pea Capital of the Nation" for their prolific edible pea crop. The Sweet Pea Festival continues in Bozeman to this day!
The Museum of the Rockies at Montana State University is recognized as one of the world's finest research and history museums. A Smithsonian Affiliate, it is renowned for its extensive dinosaur fossil collection, the most famous of which is a T. rex skeleton. The museum has both permanent and rotating exhibits, covering everything from regional history to their current featured exhibit: "The Real Genghis Khan." Visitors can also enjoy planetarium shows, educational lectures and programs, and benefit events throughout the year.
Located in the center of Bozeman, MSU is a public land grant university. With bachelor's degrees in 51 fields, master's degrees in 41 and doctoral degrees in 18, they have much to offer. MSU was founded in 1893 as the Agricultural College of the State of Montana. The first classes were held in rooms in the county high school. Today, MSU is the state's largest university and home to nearly 17,000 students. Go Bobcats!
Located south of Bozeman in the Hyalite Recreation Area, Palisade Falls is one of the top outdoor attractions in the area. The result of a prehistoric lava flow, it is a very popular hiking spot in the summer and is easy enough for the whole family. A paved trail leads to a bridge fronting the spectacular 80 foot waterfall: the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the scenery.
This three day festival of the arts takes place every year on the first Friday, Saturday and Sunday of August in Bozeman. The week leading up to the festival offers additional fun-filled, community events. Born of a desire to celebrate the arts, the Sweet Pea Festival features Shakespeare in the Park, a children's run and parade, local music, dance performances, family activities, a flower show, and over a hundred arts and crafts vendors. There is also a beer and wine garden featuring Montana micro-brews! The best part? Excess profits from the festival go right back into the Bozeman community.
This traditional western fair brings Gallatin County together in Bozeman to celebrate the Montana lifestyle. The four day event takes place in mid-July and is marked with concerts, a rodeo, carnival, livestock shows, petting zoo, and even a dog show. Attendees can watch trucks tear it up in the Mud Bog event, or sign up for the Warrior Run and race through the mud themselves. From turkey races to hypnotists: there's really something for everyone at this county fair!
Located at 9105 Thorpe Rd, Gallatin River Lodge boasts a unique experience. As a small luxury boutique hotel, they offer luxurious accommodations, fine dining, business conference services and a quiet place to unwind and relax. When it comes to gourmet, they know how it's done. With appetizers such as Basil Fed Snails and entrees such as Curry Roasted Rack of Lamb and Pan Roasted Beef Tenderloin, they offer a range of yummy dishes. Coupled with the extraordinary views, you are sure in for a treat at this amazing restaurant.
Quoted from their website, "Montana Ale Works is an award-winning restaurant and bar in the beautiful and historic Northern Pacific Railway freight building." With an industrialized look an feel converted from an old freight building, this restaurant is a one-of-a-kind experience. Their menu is nothing short of phenomenal as well. With nine variations of burgers, a variety of steaks and five unique salads, there is something for everyone. Also check out whats on tap, as 95% of their draft beers are Montana-made!
The top-reviewed restaurant in Bozeman, South 9th Bistro serves up French-inspired cuisine in a cozy cottage setting. Offering delicious seasonal items like Steak au Poivre and pan-seared North Atlantic salmon, this restaurant is the perfect spot for a laid-back fine dining experience. Even vegetarians can enjoy dishes like ratatouille and roasted butternut squash ravioli. All items are made fresh and from scratch in-house, to boot. Be sure to make reservations before hitting up this popular spot!
This local favorite can be found in the heart of downtown Bozeman serving up unique breakfast items like the huckleberry cream cheese stuffed French toast or the Crab cake eggs Benedict, along with all the classic American breakfast staples. Folks love the home-y atmosphere in this locally-owned diner, which services breakfast and lunch daily. The owners of the Nova Cafe strive to enrich the lives of their guests, employees and the community, and support local farmers, producers and businesses. What's not to love?
Bozeman is a vibrant town with abundant activity. Everything to love about Montana is close by and residents are people who care about a healthy lifestyle.