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.
The LARK is positioned at the “50-yard line” on one of the best streets in Bozeman. The community aspect that Main Street provides is most compelling and welcomes guests from all over. From Art Walks, the Christmas Stroll, and the Sweat Pea Festival to MSU football rallies and the Music on Main concert series, these are a few local favorite celebrations you will hope to be in town for. Beyond these amazing events, go explore the variety of featured galleries at the Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture or step off Main Street to check out the Eli Ridgway Gallery, a contemporary gallery located in the historic northeast neighborhood of Bozeman. And what is most exciting, the Rialto is now open in the heart of downtown Bozeman and serves as a catalyst for culture through live entertainment and all types of events.
The best thing about Bozeman is that for a town with such rich history, there’s always something new on the horizon. For a fun hike with great views of the Gallatin Valley, check out Kirk Hill, just seven minutes from downtown. Once you’ve returned to the main strip, swing into Head West for modern Montanan, vintage western wear, including the cutest collection of clothing for little cowboys and cowgirls.
There are too many amazing restaurants in the downtown area to pick favorites, but if you get the chance, pop over to the Cannery District, just a five minute drive from downtown. Visit Lot-G Cafe for the best gluten-free food you’ll ever have, Wild Rye Distillery, and the hush-hush “speakeasy” style cocktail bar, Devil’s Toboggan.
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.