For those that are visiting Bozeman, Montana, for the first time you may be surprised by the atmosphere of the city. One person who came to the town to look for work was told that it was a fancy
Bozeman A Visitors Guide
by Lindsey Keeley
From my experience, fall is when everyone comes to visit. Almost every weekend this month I have company! Naturally, for the short time they're here, I want to show them all that I can about wonderful Bozeman. There are tons of places with great food drinks and a fun atmosphere. And I always find a way to show them our amazing scenery, even if its just going on a drive. While I try to cater to individual preferences, some places are always on the list. I thought I'd share some of my favorites.
Main Street Overeasy is the place to get classic, hearty meals with little twists like bison sausage instead of regular. You are sure to get quick, friendly service and a full stomach. As a hint, be aware that Sundays can get busy in the later morning so give yourself a little extra time for the wait or plan to leave earlier.
Clark's Fork has a large menu (with lunch and dinner items as well) with everything from breakfast burritos to pancakes. You can also stop here for pastries and coffee if you're on the go. Clark's Fork is relaxed and kids friendly with a great play area.
Frank's Gourmet Deli is a must for you sandwich lovers out there. They have a huge selection that will satisfy any craving.
Victory Taco/Genuine Ice Cream is a relatively new stationary food truck sitting in the Lark's parking lot. Their menu is refined to tacos and ice cream, but you won't be disappointed. These street tacos out of their little trailer pack big flavor! They even make their guacamole fresh per order! Genuine Ice Cream is in the same structure, and you can't miss it as you walk by. The smell of their freshly pressed waffle cones wafts all the way out to the street.
The Sweet Chily Asian cuisine is one of those unique and cozy environments that come with tasty food to boot. The restaurant is few blocks away from Baxter Hotel. My recommendation: get the papaya salad!
Dave's Sushi is a Bozeman staple. With 14 years of experience, these guys know how their stuff! The restaurant is quirky and fun, but go early as it can get very busy!
This is where I would list a brewery, but I can't list just one! All the breweries in town have perks to them, so this is one of those options I will vary by who's visiting. I'll go deeper into those in another post, but know you really can't go wrong with any of them.
The Rocking R Bar is a sports bar by day and a dance floor by night. If you're looking for a night out, this is a good place to stop in to get a sense of the Bozeman scene.
If you're short on time, the trail system around the Bozeman Pond is beautiful. It's quite flat and wondering, though not very long. Just head out North 7th St, cross over the highway, turn right on Griffin, left on Manley, and the pond will be on your right less than a mile down the road.
Have a couple of hours, and it hasn't snowed yet? Head up to Hyalite Canyon! There are several trailheads along the way, but make it to the top, and you can enjoy an afternoon around the reservoir or taking the easy walk to Palisade Falls (past the lake a couple of miles). Go south on 19th and keep going until you see the sign for Hyalite Canyon on the left.
Triple Tree is a lovely hike with a mix of mountain views and forested area. It's a moderate hike that takes about an hour or so. This is also a popular mountain biking trail if you brought your gear!
If I have folks for a whole weekend, I'll often take one day to get them to Yellowstone National Park. In the colder months, Mammoth Hot Springs is an excellent way to go. It's about an hour and a half to get there, and you can view hot springs, elk, bison and the occasional wolf. That's pretty hard to top! Finish the day with a hot soak at Chico Hot Springs, and you've got the full experience.
The Museum of the Rockies is always a fun and educational experience. The museum is always changing their rotating exhibit and adding new items to their permanent exhibits. And who doesn't like dinosaurs?!
Bozeman Hot Springs recently added three pools to their outdoor area. Not only pools but a stage for live music Thursdays and Sundays and big rocks lit in bright blues and reds. Kids would love to go for a swim in the cooler pool while parents can soak in the warmer ones. And when you're all warmed up, grab some ice cream from the front counter.
This isn't even close to an exhaustive list of places to take your friends and family (or yourself if you're stopping in town for a couple of days), but it's a place to start. Bozeman is a beautiful town with friendly people who appreciate meeting new people.
Do you have a special place you always visit? Tell us about it in the comments or send us an email at email@example.com.
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