Bozeman’s got a lot going on. With a rapidly expanding downtown area, nearby Big Sky Resort and its abundant tourist attractions, it’s easy to get caught up in its well-known tourist spots and local favorites.
But Bozeman and the surrounding areas are full of less popular spots that are just as amazing. The next time you’ve got some time to spend in Bozeman, get off the beaten path and try one of these 10 spots.
1. Check out the Gallatin History Museum at 317 W. Main St. Often overshadowed by the Museum of the Rockies, this place offers a glimpse into Gallatin County’s heritage.
2. Drive an hour north to the tiny town of Townsend. The town itself has small shops and great lunch spots, and it’s close to Canyon Ferry Lake, where you can indulge in watersports or relax by the water.
3. Hike Olson Creek Trails 13 miles north of the city, where you can go mountain biking or hiking all summer and ski or snowmobile all winter.
4. Eat pizza at Audrey’s Pizza Oven on East Peach Street. The location might not be original, but the pizza recipe is an exact replica of founder Audrey Anderson’s from the 1960s.
5. Walk along the easy Confluence Trail in the Missouri Headwaters State Park near Three Forks.
6. Take a long drive up Bridger Canyon Road. You don’t need a destination in mind, as you’ll see plenty.
7. Head to the base of Sacagawea Peak and check out the stunning glacial green Fairy Lake.
8. Go to downtown Belgrade, which is just 10 miles away and has an incredibly charming Main Street.
9. Go to Spire Climbing Center on Enterprise Boulevard for some safe rock climbing. No experience necessary.
10. Visit the Langohr Community Gardens, which are located right off of the Gallagator Trail. Take a walk through the gardens and admire (but please don’t take) the growing produce.