Places to Visit: Bozeman, Montana

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Bozeman, Montana

Visit the mountain town of Bozeman while you explore the areas surrounding West Yellowstone, Montana, and discover the Old West and plenty of unique and exciting outdoor recreation.

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  • Visit the Old West mountain town of Bozeman, Montana
  • Dining and lodging available with a special western flair
  • Check out the East Gallatin State Recreation Area for great recreation opportunities
  • Only a short and scenic drive to West Yellowstone
  • Stop by the Museum of the Rockies for displays of fossils

Overview

Native Americans called Bozeman, Montana, “The Valley of the Flowers,” and you’ll see why when you come. This diverse mountain town is a home for many different kinds of folks, from college students, ranchers and professors to ski bums and artists. It is also a major gateway to Yellowstone National Park.

Location

Bozeman, Montana is located off of Interstate 90 in southwestern Montana.

Services/Amenities

A real treat it is to dine in Bozeman! You’ll find your standard fare of pizza, hamburgers and fast food, but also the traditional western meals. Cafes and Bistros welcome you to sample the local cuisine and also the international flavors available.

Lodging in Bozeman provides a wide array of amenities. You’ll find the well-known chains of motels and hotels as well as more rustic accommodations, such as bed and breakfasts and remote cabins.

Activities

There are so many things to do around Bozeman, Montana that it would be hard to list them all individually, but here are just some of the recreational activities you’ll find:

Fishing
There are a number of rivers, lakes and streams where you can get in some great fly-fishing, but the East Gallatin State Recreation Area is one favorite spot for fishing in Glen Lake.

Hiking and Biking
As well as finding several hiking trails in East Gallatin State Recreation Area, there are even more throughout Gallatin National Forest. Another spot around Bozeman that is popular with hikers and bikers is Hyalite Canyon.

Skiing
Bozeman has two nearby ski areas where you can get in some great powder skiing. These are the Bridger Bowl, 16 miles northwest, and Big Sky, 38 miles south.

Attractions

Pioneer Museum of Bozeman
When in the Wild West, you must take in the history of this fabulous area. At the Pioneer Museum you’ll discover our tempestuous past, with a hanging gallows on display, a log cabin and photos showing pioneer life.

Yellowstone National Park
Naturally, you’ll have to see Yellowstone while you are in the area. There’s nothing as thrilling as seeing Old Faithful erupt right before your eyes, watching the bubbling mudpots or seeing wildlife wandering through the forests.

Montana Arboretum and Gardens
See amazing plants from the northern Rockies, the plains and other areas of Montana. Tour the Xeriscape garden.

The Museum of the Rockies
This fascinating museum showcases fossil discoveries in Montana, and traces the history of the area from millions of years ago. You’ll also enjoy exhibits on Native Americans.

Getting Here

To get from Bozeman to West Yellowstone you’ll simply drive on US 191 south to the center of town. It takes only about 1-½ hours to make this scenic trip, with the Gallatin Mountains to the east and the Madison Range to the west.

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