A leading destination for the quintessential Rocky Mountain getaway, Bozeman is a dream escape with panoramic mountain vistas in every direction. Its backyard is brimming with world-famous sites. Witness the idyllic mecca of Yellowstone National Park and its stunning geysers and hot springs. Furthermore, the quaint town of Bozeman itself is home to Montana State University and an eclectic mix of boutique shops, art galleries, and delicious local restaurants found along the historic Main Street. Since Bozeman is located eight miles from the airport, the easiest way to get around is via car as you’ll have the freedom to craft your own schedule at leisure.
From historic sites and museums to mountainous terrain, rivers, canyons, and caverns, Bozeman has something for everyone during all four seasons. In the laidback town center, grab a bite to eat at a local restaurant, like the Nova Cafe, Roost Fried Chicken, Montana Ale Works, Burger Bob’s, or Open Range. All of these are popular with both visitors and locals alike. Looking to pick up a few extra clothes or gifts? Shoppers will find everything they need at the Gallatin Valley Mall with over 65 stores and major retailers including Macy’s, JCPenney, Barnes & Noble, and Petco.
Next up, the Emerson Cultural Center downtown is a historic space for working artists and musicians. The center is open to the public with an array of events and exhibitions held throughout the year including art walks, lunch on the lawn, live music and food vendors, and garden tours.
The Gallatin History Museum is another attraction where visitors can step back in time and learn about the Gallatin County and its rich heritage. A number of artifacts are on display including jail cells, archival photos, a reconstructed log cabin, the town’s first steam-powered fire engine, and more. For a slice of history and entertainment, catch a play, musical, concert, or film at the refurbished Ellen Theater, which was built in the early 1900s.
Since Yellowstone Park is only a short drive away on the outskirts of Bozeman, many visitors spend hours if not days at this haven of outdoor activities. Spanning over 3,500 square miles, the park is open all year round luring everyone from hikers, cross country skiers, photographers, bikers, and fishermen. Be sure to hike along the boardwalk around Mammoth Hot Springs and witness the geothermal activity, and then stick around for Old Faithful’s grand eruption.
Other popular spots in the area include Hyalite Canyon, which lies just 15 miles south of Bozeman. Here, nature lovers will find ample trails weaving through lush forests and past pristine waterfalls. If you’re visiting during the winter, head to the Bridger Bowl, located half an hour north of Bozeman, or Big Sky Resort to the south for excellent downhill skiing and snowboarding. For variety, also consider a visit to the Museum of the Rockies, where visitors will find the largest collection of dinosaur bones in the country including a real Tyrannosaurus Rex skull.
Enjoy the flexibility of exploring the great outdoors with a rental car from us. With plenty of rentals available from comfy SUVs to speedy compact cars, Orbitz offers the lowest rates with award-winning customer service so every traveler can experience all that Bozeman and Montana has to offer.