The Bozeman airport was the recommended airport to get to Yellowstone. Prior to landing at the airport, I’d assume Bozeman airport was some sort of small, dingy airport where tourists go just to go to Yellowstone. But when I arrived, I was thoroughly impressed by how clean and themed the airport was. Anyway, that’s why we were at Bozeman.
I continued to be dazzled by the fact that because of going to Yellowstone, I had to travel through 3 states – Montana for the airport, Idaho for the Airbnb, and Wyoming for the actual Yellowstone National Park.
Very midwest feel, lots of people wearing cowboy hats, and magnificent trees. Downtown Bozeman feels very much like college town, with lots of support for their university as everywhere was displaying their mascot the Bobcat.
Airport – Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (website)
In general, probably your best option for you to get to Yellowstone.
We got “upgraded” to a Chrysler voyager! I was very excited because this was the largest car I’ve ever driven. When braking, it needs more time than usual to decelerate, so I often had to keep my distance even more.
While I wasn’t a fan of the location of the Airbnb (20 minutes from Downtown), it was less than 10 minutes away from the airport, which also meant that every time we drove to our Airbnb, we passed by these construction houses. That being said, once you arrive near your destination, the neighborhood was quite lovely, sort of like being in a suburb.
As we didn’t want to risk being too far away from the airport the night before our flight back to San Francisco, we decided to move from Jackson Hole and drive all the way back to near Bozeman airport for our final night.
BAR 3 BBQ (website)
I was excited to try some real American food while out in Montana. This was our first meal (lunch) right after landing at the airport, about a 5 minute drive away. Sad to say, while the service was great and friendly, the food was soso.
The meats were too dry. We got fried Okra and mac n cheese as sides, neither of which were anything special. The meats we got were sliced beef brisket and half rack of baby back ribs.
Burger Bob’s (website)
From the exterior, it looked like a proper, no bullshit, classic American burger joint, and it fit the bill perfectly. Definitely recommend going!
While you don’t see it here, the Montana State University’s mascot was proudly displayed here like other shops around the area. Most notable about this restaurant was that they proudly celebrated many Bozeman athletes and talked about their achievements. It doesn’t have to be nationally, some were notable collegiate athletes as well.
Five On Black (website)
A Chipotle-style Brazilian fast food restaurant. We had this for lunch on the day we were flying back to SF.
Rockford Coffee (website)
A bit of a story. So the night before our flight back to San Francisco, our United airlines flight got cancelled, reason related to current or anticipated disruptions related to airspace and/or ground congestion. I guess it’s the airport’s fault and not the airline’s?
So. We had to rebook a new flight or choose a different United flight. The latter would have resulted in one extra day in Bozeman, so we booked a Southwest flight for our original day but we got in at the evening instead (and we had to stop in Las Vegas). By the way, since our flight kept getting pushed back, when we changed flights in Las Vegas, we had literally 15 minutes to get from one gate to another; we barely made it in time.
Anyway, because our flight was in the evening than the original afternoon, we had some spare time to kill in downtown Bozeman. That’s how we ended up in this coffee cafe.
Ross Peak Grill
Since our flight was at 8pm ish, and we would be landing in San Francisco by around 11pm, we decided to have dinner at the Bozeman airport.
A few photos of Downtown Bozeman. I think visiting here for a day is fine, but if I was living here, I’d get bored of here pretty quickly. One street of restaurants, rugs, crafts, clothing shops, etc.
Montana State University (website)
MSU has a very beautiful campus. The trees were elegant and colorful, they were gorgeous to look at and they don’t steal the attention away from the main focus which were the campus buildings, campus atmosphere, and students themselves.
Montana Hall. By the way, walking around campus, I noticed that we were like the only non-white persons on campus. Even around Bozeman the city was predominantly white, very different from urban cities like SF and LA and NY.