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Bozeman

 
Bozeman, home to Montana State University, is an ideal winter getaway location (the average snowfall is over 80 inches). In addition, the town is home to one of Runner's World's Best Half Marathons. I enjoyed the Run to the Pub Half Marathon, the lively downtown (plenty of bars and restaurants) and the scenic mountain views surrounding the area.
 
 
  • 1. Sign up for the Run to the Pub Half Marathon
    Sign up for the Run to the Pub Half Marathon
    Pub 317 - 448 E. Main St, , 59715
    Run to the Pub is a fun, festive half marathon with pretty mountain scenery along the way. This quiet, not overly crowded, affordable festive St. Patrick's Day themed race with everyone decked out in their best Irish gear really is a fun time for anyone who loves anything Irish. It was rated as one of the top 27 half marathons by Runner’s World in their February 2013 issue!
  • 2. Relax with a pot of tea or mug of organic coffee at Wild Joe’s Coffee
    Relax with a pot of tea or mug of organic coffee at Wild Joe’s Coffee
    18 W Main St, , 59715
    Wild Joe's is an excellent local coffee shop in the downtown area. Plenty of comfortable couches, a laidback atmosphere, organic coffee and tea, reasonable prices, and live events make this one of my favorite coffee shops that I have ever been to.
  • 3. Go hiking
    Go hiking
    10 East Babcock Ave., , 59771
    Bozeman is an outdoor enthusiast's playground. There are 100s of miles of trails in town, as well as in nearby forests. One of the premier day hikes is the beautiful Hyalite Trail featuring 11 waterfalls. The Gallatin National Forest is an immense recreational area (about 2 million acres) with endless options for fitness activities.
  • 4. Get a massage at Life Giving Health Center
    Get a massage at Life Giving Health Center
    1005 Durston Road, , 59715
    Massage therapists were very professional, friendly, and the massage itself was fantastic. The location inside an old house provides for a more comfortable setting. Life Giving Health Center was a real treat the day after running a half marathon.
  • 5. Book a night at the Western Heritage Inn
    Book a night at the Western Heritage Inn
    1200 E. Main Street, , 59715
    Nice hotel with a rustic mountain theme. Love the hot tub and steam room. Affordable prices, nice atmosphere, and being located walking distance from downtown make this hotel a winner!
  • 6. Enjoy an Italian dinner at Ferraro's
    Enjoy an Italian dinner at Ferraro's
    726 N. 7th Avenue, , 59715
    Ferraro's is a classy Italian restaurant in Bozeman with professional wait staff, classy décor, and plenty of Italian favorites. This was a great choice before running my half marathon!
  • 7. Watch a game at Buffalo Jump Sports Bar
    Watch a game at Buffalo Jump Sports Bar
    75770 Gallatin Rd, , 59730
    Located out in the country, Buffalo Jump Sports Bar is a winner because of the great décor, great prices, decent food, and nice staff. I liked that the bar was not overly crowd and the staff was not pushy. Pool tables and poker games add to the atmosphere. Great place to relax and take in a few games!
  • 8. Take a scenic drive
    Take a scenic drive
    Various locations, , 59715
    The mountains in the area are beautiful and traffic is light, thus making it the perfect conditions for a relaxing scenic drive!
  • 9. Plan a day trip to Yellowstone National Park
    Plan a day trip to Yellowstone National Park
    Yellowstone National Park, , 59030
    As you are only an hour and half away from one of America's most gorgeous national parks, you may as well take this opportunity to check it out. There are so many scenic drives, trails to explore, & attractions to check out, that you can easily plan a whole day exploring this natural wonder. And bring with your camera as wildlife will typically walk right up to your car!
  • 10. Get out in the snow!
    Get out in the snow!
    Various locations, , 59715
    Bozeman gets a lot of snow (more than 90 inches per year on average compared to the US average of 25) – take advantage of this precipitation during the winter months and engage in some fun winter activities such as sledding and cross country skiing!