What better way to see Bozeman than through the eyes of a local? And we’re not just talking how to make the most of the great outdoors. Our Guides are also expert foodies, with strong opinions of our city’s dining scene, including the best breakfast burritos and the strongest cup of Joe around (both conveniently located within The LARK—they’re loyal, our crew).
So read on for advice from a few of our Guides on where to fish a winter midge hatch; where to view an epic dinosaur fossil; which hike has the best payoff; and where to enjoy the best cocktails in town. But this is just a start, you’ll have to meet us to learn how to experience Bozeman as a local.
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Start your day off with a quiet coffee in Treeline and then rally the troops for a delicious breakfast at Jam! Conveniently located just a block away from the LARK, Jam offers yummy Egg Benedict flights and even a good ol’ fashioned cowboy breakfast. Jurassic Park fans? Stop by the Museum of the Rockies, to see a gigantic Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton and catch a show at the planetarium. The Montana Science Center is also a must see!
Now it’s time to get outside and enjoy the view! Stop by Maven’s Market for grilled cheeses and a cheese plate (for the adults) and then make your way to Peet’s Hill. After a short hike, you’ll be able to overlook Bozeman. Extend your walk and enjoy your food at Lindley’s Park- you earned it! Looking for something a little more challenging? Try Drinking Horse Mountain Trail or the M Trail.
Planning your Bozeman adventure? Look no further than the Bridger Mountain Range, located just outside your room’s window to find the best trails and attractions that Bozeman has to offer! Head into Bridger Canyon to find Bridger Bowl Ski Area, a local favorite. After a full day skiing cold smoke, visit Schnee’s footwear for some new boots and fashionable winter outerwear.
Visiting in the summertime? The Bridger Range is still a must see. Located just north of the city, Truman Gulch is a beautiful hiking/biking trail. At the top, you’ll encounter fields full of blooming wildflowers. Once you are finished recreating, check out the Bozeman Taproom! They have a happy hour menu full of delicious cocktails and appetizers. Revelry is my favorite place for a dinner meal, located just 2 blocks from the LARK. Finish the night downtown at the timeless Crystal Bar! A local favorite and one of the oldest bars in town.
Summer or winter, I love to get outside and enjoy all that Montana has to offer! My favorite winter hikes are Grotto Falls and the Palisades, they both offer spectacular views of frozen waterfalls. In the summer, I love to hike Storm Castle and Fairy Lake. If you enjoy fly fishing there are a ton of great shaded fishing spots along the Gallatin Road, but if you blink, you’ll miss them!
After a day full of outdoor adventure, I like to spend a night out on the town. PLONK is one of my favorite spots. The bartenders are incredibly knowledgeable and have such great flair. You can treat yourself to a craft cocktail and charcuterie board before heading out to dinner. If you’re in the mood for a cute date night, check out Open Range! Another great spot is Urban Kitchen, they have delicious pork chops and their fried chicken is drizzled with a lovely Huckleberry reduction.
So you’ve already skied Big Sky, kayaked down the Madison, took your selfie in front of Old Faithful and the night is still young. Well done! Now what? How about treating yourself to a show at the Verge Theater on the north end of town? There you’ll find a rip-roaring good time with comedy nights, improv groups and theatrical plays galore, courtesy of some of the funniest people in Bozeman.
Want to catch a movie instead? Cross the street and walk down to the Ellen Theatre and kick back to a screening of that classic movie your friends and family can’t believe you haven’t seen. Or head over to MSU’s Procrastinator Theater and see what they’ve got playing for a dollar or two.
If live music is more your jam then look no further than down the street; the Rialto brings the best live music to Bozeman. Head on down, see a show, order a Mango Whiteclaw and enjoy the music like a true local.
Need Something More?
Not finding what you’re after? Check out what our friends at the Downtown Bozeman Association recommend – another great resource for the best of Bozeman! Or, check in with one of our guides at the front desk for additional suggestions.