1. The Weather
Bozeman boasts over 200 days of sunshine a year and the beauty of all four seasons. Yes, it snows in the winter, which means great skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, ice climbing, and sledding. Summers are warm enough for playing in the rivers–fishing or going for a dip–and the dry air and cool breezes keep up refreshed on warm days.
2. The Bridgers
Bozeman’s surrounded by mountains, and the ones you can see from anywhere in town tend to capture local hearts. Hike the quintessential “M” trail, summit Sac Peak, or head to Bozeman Draw #3…
3. Bridger Bowl
Bozeman’s own non-profit ski hill, Bridger’s a quick 16-mile drive from town. If you are seeking more technical runs and huge acreage, Big Sky Resort and Moonlight Basin have combined to offer the “Biggest Skiing in America,” just an hour away by car or the Streamline bus.
4. The Bozeman Community Co-op
When pushed to name their favorite thing about Bozeman, many tourists blurt out…a grocery store? The Bozeman Co-op is more than just an oasis of local and healthy food–it’s also a deli, soup shack, salad bar, smoothie and coffee shop, and fresh meat and fish market, as well as a hub for info on community events.
5. The Emerson Center for the Arts and Cultural
The Emerson took an old, beautiful elementary school and transformed it into a lovely downtown community treasure, with a big auditorium for concerts and a ballroom for dances and other community events. The classrooms have been converted into art galleries, dance and music studios, a foreign language classroom, a small cooking school, a yoga studio, and more.
6. The Filling Station
On the other end of the cultural spectrum is the Filling Station—good for filling your soul with rowdy music and your glass with cheap beer. “The Filler,” as its known locally, brings in groups that range from metal to bluegrass to indie-rock and beyond.
7. Townshend’s Tea
A quiet change of pace from Bozeman’s bustling, ubiquitous coffee shops, Townshend’s pours a staggering selection of teas and stays open late for studying (and the occasional tango salon).
8. Coffee Everywhere
When tea won’t cut it, Bozeman offers coffeeshops galore—far more than a town of not-even 40,000 requires, but we aren’t complaining. Snag one of the big couches at Wild Joe’s for comfy studying.
9. Country Bookshelf and Vargo’s Jazz City
There are two local bookstores in one block for a reason: you’ll want to peruse both. While each carries a diverse selection, the two shops tend to carry different stock from each other. Plus, Vargo’s postcard collection is not to be missed.
10. Peet’s Hill
You can hit the myriad trails around Bozeman, but there’s something to be said for a bluff you can stroll in flip flops within walking distance of downtown. Despite its proximity and 200-foot elevation gain, it’s another world on top of the bluff, with blowing grass, wildflowers, or snowy tracks illuminated by a sunset while providing an expansive view of our corner of the Gallatin Valley.