Places to Visit: Bozeman, Montana

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Bozeman, Montana

Bozeman, Montana sits among the Gallatin Mountains, just north of the Mammoth entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Bozeman is known for being home to Montana State University and as a ranching town. Yet hidden among this quaint mountain town are amenities of a city like culture, sports, and business. In 1864 the town of Bozeman was established as John Bozeman finished scouting the route of the Bozeman Trail. This trail was built to be the most direct route to the mines in the west. Its inhabitants are from all walks of life and it offers a little bit of everything for visitors.

Enjoy some of Bozeman's historical walking tours, art galleries, the symphony, theatres and wonderful restaurants that fill downtown. Montana State University brings its hometown a population of about 12,000 students studying in fields like agriculture, engineering, and film, and like any other college town nightlife and sporting events come along with the package. The university is home to in-depth natural and cultural history collections at the Museum of the Rockies. The museum also has many rotating featured exhibits and is worth a visit.

Opportunities for exploring the outdoors in and around Bozeman, MT are endless. The town acts as a gateway to trails, fishing spots, ski resorts, and a vast diversity of wildlife. The East Gallatin, Yellowstone, Big Hole, and Madison Rivers are all within close proximity to Bozeman and are known for renowned trout fishing. Skiing powder during winter in the Rockies is hard to pass up so make sure to visit one of two neighboring resorts. Bridger Bowl is about fifteen minutes from Bozeman, and Big Sky is 45 miles south. The Bridger and Gallatin Mountain ranges are popular spots for snowmobilers as well as those wanting a closer look at some of Montana's animals and birds. In the summer seek adventure via trail up Bridger Canyon. Lewis and Clark Caverns sit just to the east of Bozeman and Bozeman Hot Springs to the west give you a small sample of natural thermals you may see in Yellowstone National Park.

The Gallatin Field Airport is about 10 miles from Bozeman and services Northwest, Horizon, United, Alaska Airlines, and Delta. There are frequent flights to and from all over Montana, Denver, Seattle, Salt Lake City, and Minneapolis. There are a few car rental agencies in Bozeman.

If you are heading to Cody, Wyoming from Bozeman go east on I-90 until you reach US 310. Head south to MT 72 which merges with WY 120, reaching Cody in about four hours.