Travel Nurse Assignments: Live Like a Local – Bozeman, MT!
Welcome to Bozeman, MT! Located in Montana’s Big Sky Country, Bozeman is one of the state’s fastest-growing cities. The city is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts and people come from all over the world to enjoy world-class hiking, skiing, and fly fishing. Surrounded by natural beauty, the city is less than 2 hours from Yellowstone National Park, one of the most popular parks in the country. The city itself is known for nationally recognized museums, and a thriving downtown with unique restaurants, shops, and historical architecture. Discover Bozeman today!
Yellowstone National Park
Bozeman is the northern gateway to Yellowstone National Park, which averages almost 5 million visitors per year. Yellowstone’s geography is truly unique and includes lakes, canyons, hot springs, and geysers. The park sits on a supervolcano that formed the Yellowstone Caldera when it erupted 640,000 years ago and is also the source of the park’s geothermal activity. Yellowstone is home to half of the world’s active geysers and hydrothermal features and they make up some of the most famous sights in the park. Old Faithful is arguably the most famous, due to its predictable eruption cycle. Other geothermal features that are worth visiting include the Upper Geyser Basin, Norris Geyser Basin, and Mammoth Hot Springs.
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Furthermore, there is more to see aside from geysers and hot springs. Yellowstone Lake is the largest freshwater lake above 7,000 ft. in North America and popular activities at the lake include boating, kayaking, and fishing. The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and Yellowstone Falls are two of the most photographed spots in the entire park, and there are several hiking trails nearby with spectacular viewpoints. There is also exceptional wildlife viewing in Yellowstone, where you can see animals like bison, grizzly bears, elk, moose, and wolves.
In the winter, Bozeman turns into a ski town and there are a couple of top-rated ski resorts nearby that are worth checking out. Big Sky Resort is a world-class destination and the third-largest ski resort in North America. The resort is known for its expert terrain, plentiful snow, and wide-open runs. It’s also known for its cutting-edge chairlifts like the Ramcharger 8, which has been dubbed the most technologically-advanced chairlift in North America. Another option for skiing and snowboarding is Bridger Bowl Ski Area, less than a half-hour from Bozeman. A local favorite, Bridger Bowl has 2000 acres of skiable terrain and eight chairlifts, as well as extensive backcountry terrain.
The city of Bozeman is home to several iconic museums and cultural attractions. The Museum of the Rockies is a world-class cultural and natural history museum and is also a Smithsonian affiliate. The museum is renowned for its extensive collection of dinosaur fossils, including a fully mounted T-Rex skeleton! Other exhibits include planes and automobiles, native American art and artifacts, and an outdoor living history farm that gives visitors a glimpse of how Montana’s first homesteaders lived.
In addition, the American Robotics and Computer Museum is dedicated to showcasing the history of information technology and is the #1 rated activity on Trip Advisor for Bozeman. Founded in 1990, it is the oldest continually operating museum of its kind in the world. The museum houses an impressive collection of artifacts that spans over 4,000 years of history and ranges from original cuneiform tablets to some of the first personal computers ever made.
Nature and Outdoor Recreation
There are several other natural attractions worth visiting as well. The Gallatin River Canyon is just south of Bozeman, and is a popular spot for hiking, camping, river rafting, and fly fishing. Many scenes from the famous Robert Redford movie A River Runs Through It were filmed in Gallatin Canyon, and it’s the go-to spot for tourists and locals alike to enjoy Big Sky Country. Furthermore, the Palisade Falls Trail is an easy 1.2-mile hike that leads to a beautiful 80-foot waterfall and the trail is open year-round! It’s a great hike for a hot summer day when you can feel the spray from the falls, and in the winter, the falls freeze and form spectacular icicle formations.
Back in town, Montana Grizzly Encounter is a rescue and education sanctuary where visitors can see grizzly bears in their natural habitat. Founded in 2004, its mission is to provide the best possible care for rescued grizzlies, and all of the admission proceeds go towards care and research for the bears. If you’re interested in grizzlies, It’s a great opportunity to learn more about them and view them up close and personal in a free-range environment.
Where to Eat and Drink
Downtown Bozeman is packed with trendy bars and restaurants as well as local favorites. Jam! is the go-to spot for breakfast, specializing in crepes, omelets, and eggs benedict dishes. They also have an extensive coffee and tea menu, and hard drinks like the “Jamosa” and kombucha. For more world flavors, Whistle Pig Korean specializes in traditional Korean dishes like Bibimbap and Bulgogi, and the owner/chef Emma Woods was on Food Network’s Guy’s Grocery Games.
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For drinks, you can’t go wrong with Montana Ale Works. They offer beer, wine, and specialty cocktails in addition to an eclectic food menu. If you’re looking for more of a speakeasy environment, Bozeman Spirits is a premier craft distillery that’s famous for its huckleberry vodka.