Mountain biking along a trail amid wildflowers
Hiking at sunset at the top of Drinking Horse Mountain
Hyalite Creek running through Hyalite Canyon
Massive peaks of the Crazy Mountains
Colorful sky as the sun sets over the mountains
Montana Ale Works microbrewery dwarfed by grain elevators
Peaceful lake views at Gallatin National Forest
Horseback riding through the snow
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- Bozeman Yellowstone (BZN)
A modern Montana city with historic charm
The Great Outdoors in Four Seasons
Bozeman’s proximity to several mountains, forests and lakes means visitors have outdoor adventures galore. Custer Gallatin National Forest is an expansive wilderness near Yellowstone National Park. Mountain climbing, hiking, fishing the lakes and exploring plateaus, basins, canyons and valleys are all recreational options here – when you aren’t busy photographing the bear, elk, deer and other wildlife. Just 70 kilometers away, Big Sky Resort, the largest such resort in the USA, gives skiers and snowboarders a chance to blast through powder in winter (in summer, go zip-lining, whitewater rafting or horseback riding).
Get a History Lesson
Montana State University’s Museum of the Rockies breaks down 4 billion years of history, with an emphasis on paleontology and Native American and Montana history. You’ll find a vast fossil collection, have the opportunity to see a star show in the Taylor Planetarium and learn about the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Check out the museum’s living history farm to find out what it was like to live as a homesteader (dive deeper into regional culture with a stop at the Gallatin History Museum). Minds will be blown at the American Computer & Robotics Museum, where the backstory of computing, communications, artificial intelligence and robotics comes to life.
Explore Bozeman’s historic districts. At South Tracy/South Black Avenue Historic District, you’ll find 29 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, while at Bon Ton, early 20th-century architecture is on display in the area’s homes. Around town, four distilleries and as many brewing companies offer tastings and tours. Grizzly Wolf Discovery Center lets you safely encounter and learn about the intimidating creatures (along with gray wolves, too). For relaxation and fun, try a dip in Bozeman hot springs or take a hot air balloon ride over the city.
In a nod to its roots as the USA’s major pea supplier, Bozeman holds an annual sweet pea-themed arts festival, one of the largest in Montana.