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Bozeman, Montana eateries and things to do

Bozeman | Jan 1, 201202:11 PM

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.

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