I have a special place in my heart for bookstores. When I was young, I had a real concern about the world running out of books and music. I had to rationally remind myself that as long as people kept writing, we wouldn’t run out. I love to peruse the titles, read the back cover and check out the author. I don’t always find something I can’t live without, but am thrilled when I do.
Photo Provided By: Gallatin History Museum
Bozeman was founded in August of 1864 by John Bozeman, a frontiersman from Georgia who led wagon trains west to the gold fields in the Montana Territory along the Bozeman Trail, a cutoff of the Oregon Trail. The town served as a supply hub for prospectors looking to strike it rich near Bannack and Virginia City. John Bozeman himself was a business-minded man who met a tragic ending at the hands of the Blackfeet Indians, though some historians have theorized he was killed by a jealous business partner, quite the wild west mystery. Bozeman's rich history is filled with interesting stories, larger than life characters, and historical sites that you can still visit today.
With a social media platform like Instagram, it makes it easy for anyone to tell their story and inspire others with images. With Bozeman being as photogenic as it is, spectacular photos are being captured by locals and visitors alike on a daily basis. Take a look at some of the awesome Instagram photos captured around Bozeman this Summer.
There’s a reason it’s called Paradise Valley; no matter what time of year, it’s a spectacular drive. Winter is truly a white wonderland; Spring brings green hills with snow-capped mountains in the background; Summer comes into full bloom and Fall—well, we have a special place in our hearts for Fall. The colors rival the Northeast; shades of bright orange, rust and yellow follow the meandering river, and the grassy hillsides give everything a golden hue.
There are several must-do stops along the way. We’ll give you the low-down and then you can mix and match your itinerary!
When you arrive in Bozeman, you are immediately smitten by the views of the mountains all around, but it may leave you wondering what else can I see. If you have a day to kill and want to get out and explore, a scenic drive is a great way to see more. One of our favorite drives is through Gallatin Canyon around the southern Madison Range by Quake Lake and back up the Madison Valley. Here is what you can expect one of the best Bozeman scenic drives.
Adventure surrounds Bozeman. To get a feel for how special it is, we recommend exploring some of the lesser-known areas. One of these hidden gems in the area is Hebgen Lake. Approximately an hour and a half away, the drive to the lake is beautiful. One direction takes you through Gallatin Canyon, where “A River Runs Through It” was filmed. The other route, through Ennis, is lined with rolling hills along the Madison River and framed with majestic mountain ranges.
Taking a ride on a zip line is an exciting way to experience a flying sensation while enjoying a scenic view of that of a bird. While cruising along a steel cable, thrill-seekers have been coming back to the couple zip line courses offered around Bozeman. Whether you are a beginner and want to experience the zip lining for the first time or if you consider yourself a zipping expert, check out these options for zip lining in Bozeman.
The mountains of Montana have a unique allure. People are drawn to the views, the quiet, the stars and the smells— with good reason. Stepping out of the bustle of everyday life, the tempo slows, time loses its importance, and you can truly unwind. Days can be spent hiking, fishing or reading and the stargazing will keep you up late into the night.
There are a lot of reasons to go for a walk.
While most reasons are pretty straightforward, Harvard Health Publications found these 5 Surprising Benefits of Walking you probably didn't know.
Bozeman is a mecha of gorgeous sights and sounds both in and out of town. Here are a few new ideas if you're looking for a new in-town walking path within Bozeman.
When was the last time stuck a paddle in the icy waters of a mountain river or lake? Have you ever been kayaking or rafting? If you fall into the response category of either "never" "not sure," or "too long ago," then something needs to change - and quick! Bozeman is the perfect spot to try kayaking or whitewater rafting. With some of the most prestine lakes and rivers you will ever find, you've got a lot of options. We've provided some insight on how and where to go kayaking or whitewater rafting in Bozeman.