Suggested tips from a local to those visiting our University "boom town." Bozeman is a small but hip, outdoorsy and urbane Rocky Mountain city that's landing on many "Top Ten" lists for tech startups and lifestyle. If you visit, be sure to check out:
Best restaurants - Blackbird (Northern Italian), Aleworks (pub food), Sweet Chile (Thai fusion), Seven Sushi (Japanese), Starky's (Americana), Tinga (authentic street-style burritos and tacos), Community Co-op - organic grocery store.
Best coffee house - Wild Joe's Coffee House (organic locally roasted coffee, teas and bakery).
Best community radio station - KGLT 91.9
Best downhill ski area - Bridger Bowl (half the price of the better known Big Sky, and much closer to town.
Best cross country skiing - Bohart Ranch
Best waterfalls - Drive up Hyalite Canyon to the reservoir for the short hike to Palisades and Grotto Falls. Also, Pine Creek Falls 10 miles South of nearby Livingston.
Best Hikes - Cottonwood Canyon, Up to the "M",
Best route to Yellowstone Park - Instead of 191 to West Yellowstone, drive I-90 over to Livingston and follow Route 89 alongside the Yellowstone River through the spectacular Paradise Valley and down to Gardner.
Best 4 wheeler drive - The road to Fairy Lake.
Best bicycle riding - Bozeman has so many great bike and mountain biking trails, it's impossible to single any one out, but if you just want any easy peddle on a flat trail, try the Gallagator and connecting trails south through town to Goldenstein Road.
Best Old Wild West Experience - It's a long drive, but Virginia City, Nevada City and Bannack State Park are the real deal.