I’m super pumped to bring you this post today! We all know that I absolutely fell in love with Bozeman when I was there visiting last week. I am a big fan of places that feel like home in the sense that people are kind and smile at each other on the streets, where you run into friends in the grocery store. Something about it to me just feels like the way life should be. Basically, Bozeman MT is completely this way. Everything about the small city feels like you just stepped into Stars Hollow from Gilmore Girls (prob one of my favorite shows of all time ha). It’s actually funny because I’m constantly telling Dylan that I want to live in Stars Hollow!!! I obviously know it’s a fictional town and that I can’t actually live in Stars Hollow… all I’m saying is that Bozeman feels PRETTY darn close to what I imagine that town to be like!
During our time in Bozeman, I explored many different restaurants, fitness studios, hikes, and really just tried to explore as much as I possibly could! There is so much to see in the way of nature and beautiful scenery. If you’re looking for a place to visit as someone who loves things like hiking to waterfalls, being in nature, and visiting healthy restaurants, Bozeman might be a great place to add to your travel list! If you too live in Orange County, the drive honestly is not too bad. My Dad and I did it in a day and a half and had a blast driving together because we typically don’t get to spend that much time together.
So, today I wanted to round up my top 10 favorite things I did in Bozeman. Here they are!
Hike Palisade Falls
This one is truly a must do! This was one of my favorite things that we did on the whole trip. I am obsessed with waterfalls and hiking in general so when a hike combines the two, count me in! Another great thing about this waterfall hike is that the drive outside of Bozeman to get to the falls is pretty short. You can literally be at the trailhead within 25 minutes of leaving the downtown, which is pretty freaking cool if you ask me. My brother informed me that this is the case with TONS of nature destinations just outside of Bozeman. The “big sky country” thing really is true, from anywhere you look in town, you can see mountains that are just a quick drive away. Endless possibilities for outdoor adventures! Do yourself a favor and do this hike if you visit Bozeman, it’s also great because it’s accessible for different skill levels as it’s on the shorter side.
2. Tube The Madison River
This is what we did the first day of being in town and let me tell you, it was stunning. My brother and Dad went fly fishing in the kayak while I tubed and listened to country music. It’s really the perfect thing to do on a summer day. The water doesn’t move too fast, but just fast enough to be fun. There are places to stop and put in and you can choose the length of time you want to be in the water for. We were in for about 2 hours. Another great thing? There’s no service!
3. 14 North Restaurant
Apparently this place is Bozeman’s “only gastropub” which is defined as a tavern style restaurant that has high quality food and beverages. Do yourself a favor and order the side salad with a side of grilled mushrooms to start, followed by the king salmon. It sounds simple but was AMAZING. It was a great place to go if you need dairy or gluten free alternatives. Lots of good vibes in this place!
4. Music On Main
One of the cool things I liked about Bozeman, was that it felt like a town (with the super adorable downtown area), but also has features of a bigger city, such as a large college and bigger events. Music on main is a fun event that happens weekly in the summer months, where there’s a free concert that takes over the streets of the town. I was actually surprised by how many people there were! If I lived there I would definitely make it a point to go often.
5. Your Yoga
Whenever I travel to a new place, yoga studios are one of the first things I look up. Let me tell you, this place was absolutely adorable. It was something out of a yoga magazine!! I also feel really connected to this place now, because I did my first ever Kundalini class there! The teacher was amazing and I left feeling incredibly rejuvenated. They offer a variety of different styles of classes including Vinyasa, which is what I typically practice the most. You can check out how stinking cute the studio is in these photos below.
6. Community Co-Op
Ok so this place would defiantly become my go-to if I lived in Bozeman. It’s basically Bozeman’s version of Whole Foods, except WAY cooler because everything is locally sourced when possible and because the co-op is unique to Bozeman. Every morning I would walk to get a green juice at the co-op and really just fell in love with it. There’s also a “downtown co-op” which is more of a salad bar, lunch style spot. Basically, a place you can go to grab a healthy lunch on the go! Right up my ally. My favorite thing to do when traveling is to get a huge kitchen sink style salad at lunch time and snack on it all throughout the day. I’ll eat half and lunch and the rest when I’m hungry as the day goes on. I also like to stop at places like the co-op to stock up on healthy snacks.
7. Rockford Coffee
This place was my makeshift office for the week! They have great ambiance, yummy almond milk lattes, and very kind staff. Basically, it checked all my coffee shop boxes.
8. Explore The Old Historic Neighborhoods
Surrounding the area of MSU, there are some really really adorable historic neighborhoods. If you enjoy looking at beautiful architecture or are like me and dream of living in a colorful home that is a bit older, you will love this area. Check out some of the photos below to see what I mean. I was in awe!
9. Montana Ale Works
This place is one of my Dad’s favorites. If you want to visit a yummy brewery that has great burgers, fries, and fish tacos, this is your stop. It was a casual place and also a great place to get a feel for what people in Bozeman like to do on a typical Thursday night!
10. Downtown Community Co-Op
I know I mentioned this place above, but I have to include it in it’s own number. This is the place that a health conscious yogi will want to go for lunch when visiting Bozeman. It’s perfectly placed very close to Your Yoga and Rockford Coffee so you can take a Vinyasa flow class, grab a latte, and hit the co-op for a huge salad. My go to is greens, tons of hardboiled egg, organic hummus, a mix of tamari and olive oil for dressing, avocado, nuts and seeds, cauliflower, broccoli, and a bunch of other goods depending on what’s out on the salad bar that day.
I don’t know if a single blog post can do Bozeman justice because it is such a cool and unique place. I highly recommend visiting if you haven’t already. We’re already planning our next visit!
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