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Picture the sun rising behind snowcapped mountains, vast fields of colorful wildflowers scattered across open plains, and glacially fed rivers where fresh fish abound. This is what you can expect to find in Bozeman, a small mountain town where those with a love for the outdoors flourish. Visiting Bozeman any time of year offers a bounty of epic natural beauty. Winter offers a gamut of activities boasting some excellent skiing at Bridger Bowl and Big Sky Resort, while sunny weather brings out the hiking and climbing enthusiasts. Fishing is a favorite pastime for many locals and with an abundance of fresh water, there are tons spots for fishing basically year round (just don’t forget to get a permit before you go). Those looking to take it easy during the summer months but still want to enjoy the outdoors will find hours of fun and relaxation tubing down one of the three main rivers in the area, the Yellowstone River, Gallatin River, and Madison River.
Situated in the Gallatin Valley, Bozeman is surrounded by mountains on every side; no matter which way you look, astounding peaks tower just within reach. Locals all seem to have a favorite range for their preferred outdoor activities but regardless of where you decide to adventure, each stunning mountain offer endless wilderness opportunities within a short drive from the center of town. Drive a little further and you’ll find yourself in Yellowstone National Park, one of the most famous and breathtaking National Parks in the United States. Bozeman is known as the gateway to Yellowstone but despite Yellowstone’s fame and beauty, once you’re in Bozeman, the local wilderness is so stunning that you may not see a need to leave.
But Bozeman is more than it’s gorgeous surroundings, the town itself is chalked full of activities and delicious restaurants and breweries. If you don’t feel like getting in the car, check out Main street, which runs through the center of town. This easily walkable drag is Bozeman’s cultural center and offers some of the best shopping, dining, and drinking around. Fashionable boutiques and vintage shops are nestled between wine tasting rooms and restaurants serving up innovative modern fare. Despite it’s rugged Montana exterior, Bozeman actually has a young, urban, and up and coming business district. The craft beer scene in Bozeman has also been steadily growing over the years and the constant influx of students at Montana State University has likely helped it grow. Check out Bridger Brewing for some craft beer and pizza near campus (order the bison pepperoni, it’s a local favorite), or head to Map Brewing and enjoy a cold one with lake views and some live music.
But even within town, the outdoorsman lifestyle permeates Bozeman’s local institutions. Unique boutiques sell the latest fashions inspired by western wear, local artists draw from the natural landscapes and wildlife, and the contemporary cuisine often focuses on locally caught fish or game meats. Harkening back to its early pioneer days, the people of Bozeman have retained a yearning for exploration of the great American wilderness and Bozeman offers nearly endless facets to be discovered.