Bozeman is mainly known for being a cozy mountain town with access to awesome skiing at Big Sky Resort and Bridger Bowl. People might also recognize Bozeman as the home of Montana State University. What you may not know is that Bozeman has a lot more to offer than just great skiing and a top-notch university. Here are a few of our favorite reasons that you should make Bozeman your winter vacation destination.
While winter is indeed beautiful in Bozeman, and the outdoor opportunities are plentiful, the short days and colder temperatures have a real effect on our bodies. The limited sunshine, which regulates our circadian rhythms, creates metabolic changes; serotonin, the feel-good neurotransmitter, is decreased, and melatonin, which makes us sleepier and more prone to sadness, is increased. During winter (and a pandemic), we tend to be less social, spending more time indoors and less time with other people. This time of year, in Bozeman, the sun is setting around 4:30 p.m., which makes the days seem incredibly short!
While Bozeman averages 300 days of sunshine each year, there are still days when the weather doesn’t cooperate with plans to do things outdoors. Particularly as the season transitions into and out of winter, some days are just plain wet and cold. Not to mention, after a few days in the snow, sometimes you need a day indoors to thaw your fingers and recoup.
For the past 40 years, the Bozeman community has gathered downtown for the annual Christmas Stroll. Each year, the tradition marks the beginning of the season, with Santa leading the crowd down Main Street as the holiday lights brighten the sky. Food, libations, music, and shopping fill the area as people greet one another, excited for the season and the winter ahead.
Bozeman's architecture is described as "A fine mix of art deco, Italiante and Mission Revival—lorded over by a healthy dose of kitsch," by the Downtown Bozeman Historic Walking Tour. Which, if you have a little time to spare, is a beautiful way to get acquainted with the town. In the past few years, the hotel scene has taken on a new life, and the result is accommodations that are as comfortable as they are cool.
We get it, you came to Bozeman to enjoy the outdoors. You were so excited to hike, fish, mountain bike, rock climb, whitewater raft, and explore, but it's raining. Though rainy days in Bozeman aren't the regular, with over 300 days of sunshine, they do happen. When they do, you don't have to sit inside, just waiting for it to stop. So, we put together a list of ideas, activities, and places to visit to keep you busy when the sun isn't shining. Enjoy!
It’s true, girls do love to have fun and Bozeman is the perfect place to combine outdoor adventure with a little rest and relaxation. Choose to dine at our fabulous local restaurants or get outside and explore the mountains. Build your trip around some of our suggestions based on the number of days you'll visit--or try them all! You won't be disappointed. Here are a few ideas for a girls night or weekend away in Bozeman, Montana.
We understand vacation expenses can add up quickly, especially if you're traveling with a family! However, you don't have to break the bank to visit Bozeman—we have some suggestions to help save on money without skimping on the fun! Living in Bozeman is, first and foremost, fun. Most everyone lives here for their love of the outdoors, and finding adventure is right outside your door. The first step to saving money? Act like a local. Pretend you live here, and instead of vacationing like you're on vacation, pretend you're just going about your day. It's incredible how little you need.
Bozeman's newest gem, Story Mill Community Park, is quickly becoming a local favorite. The 60 acres adjoining the historic Story Mill have been revitalized into a vibrant community space complete with almost a mile of restored river frontage along the East Gallatin River and 15 acres of wetlands for birds and wildlife. And talk about the views— the park has a stunning backdrop of the Bridger Mountain Range.