Welcome to the wide-open vistas of Big Sky Country and Bozeman, Montana, a historic yet contemporary destination right in the heart of the American West.
The city’s proximity to Yellowstone National Park and the rugged Rockies is an obvious draw, but there are countless reasons to visit this charming and rapidly growing destination, consistently ranked one of the country’s best places to live. Outdoor enthusiasts flock here for the blue-ribbon trout fishing, hiking trails, and its world-renowned ski resorts.
Seamlessly merging past and present, Kimpton Armory Hotel resides inside the historic National Guard Armory building right in the heart of downtown Bozeman. Upon arrival, start the evening off with a cocktail and sweeping views of the Bridger Range’s jagged peaks at Sky Shed, the hotel’s airy and modern, glass-enclosed rooftop bar. Grab dinner at the bustling Fielding’s, where our world-class chefs source the best local ingredients Montana has to offer.
To cap off your night, enjoy live local music and standout drinks in the basement whiskey bar, Tune Up. Themed signature cocktails include Gintermission, a campari and gin concoction, and Between the Sheets, a rum-brandy-cointreau specialty.
For a morning dip or an afternoon of relaxation, soak up the sun at the rooftop pool, complete with breathtaking mountain views. (Did we mention Bozeman averages nearly 200 days of sunshine per year?) If you can pull yourself from the hotel (but why would you?) here are our favorite eats, watering holes, and must-visit-spots for your first time in Bozeman.
Foodie Hubs & Watering Holes
According to locals, Nova Café offers the best breakfast in Bozeman. Choose from an array of eggcellent options (really — it’s on the menu), pancakes, French toast, and a handful of starlicious dishes. There may be a wait, but regulars promise it’s worth it!
Located on the edge of downtown inside an old train station, Montana Ale Works is a standout eatery (dubbed Bozeman’s most award-winning restaurant) that boasts a great atmosphere and delicious fare. Think bison potstickers, local bratwurst, Montana meatloaf, and veg-filled grain bowls. Yes, please.
Brewed in the mountains of Montana and situated close to Montana State University, Bridger Brewing also serves handmade, award-winning artisan pizzas made with unique topping twists like bison pepperoni. The brewery has seasonal beers on tap, so make sure to try one that will identify perfectly with whatever season you are visiting during.
Lockhorn Cider House is a small, family-owned cidery that makes their crisp, bone dry ciders on-site and also has an outdoor fire pit where you can “cheers” before enjoying your pint. Wine lovers frequent Blend, a downtown gem where you can try locally-crafted wines sourced from high-quality Washington grapes, paired with charcuterie boards and elevated small plates.
Looking for a quieter spot? Choose a non-alcoholic bevvie from Steep Mountain Teahouse, a local gem with an extensive tea selection or an array of bubble tea options.
Alfresco Attractions (For Starters…)
Montana is Yellowstone country, and Bozeman is 90 minutes from both the Gardiner (North) and West Yellowstone (West) park entrances. Mesmerizing (and incredibly Insta-worthy) sights inside America’s first national park include Old Faithful, the Boiling River, and Grand Prismatic Springs. This park is not one to be missed.
Head out to Hyalite Canyon, where Bozemanites go to play, whether hiking stunning waterfall trails, swimming, or fishing on the reservoir. Bridger Bowl is a ski area (a mere 20 minutes from downtown), where locals promise a “pow day” will translate to your best ski experience yet.
Where to stay: Kimpton Armory Hotel Bozeman