Yellowstone Country has absolutely so much to offer! Below, we outline a great 3-Day Bozeman Weekend Vacation that is perfect for a girls trip or a romantic getaway!
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Bozeman, Montana was the perfect place for us to relax and explore! It has easy access to the airport, and there was so much to do! We loved it!
Here’s our 3 Day Bozeman itinerary.
When to go to Bozeman
We went the last weekend in April. On our first day, there was about an inch of snow on the ground but no issues with the roads. So, a couple of inches of snow isn’t out of the question in the Spring, but it didn’t cause us any problems. It was actually really pretty too!
The temperature was also great for being active outside, and we avoided a lot of the crowds that come in the Summer months!
3-Day Bozeman Weekend Goals
Day 1: Arrival, Breakfast, Bozeman Hot Springs & Shopping
With an early direct flight on Allegiant, we were able to spend 3 full days in Yellowstone Country!!
For this trip, we focused on seeing Bozeman. We love to explore small towns, and Bozeman has everything we could have hope for! Plus, it was a just a short drive or Uber from the airport!
Our first stop was breakfast at Nova Cafe on Main Street!
They had the best eggs Benedict and lemon poppyseed pancakes, and the atmosphere was so cool and unique!
Main Street seriously looks like a Hallmark movie, and the people were just as friendly as the people in one of those movies, too!
After breakfast we checked into the Kimpton Armory and went to Bozeman Hot Springs.
Bozeman Hot Springs was such a great mix of “doing what the locals do” and also experiencing something super cool. It’s also a short drive from downtown, and it’s better than any hot tub!
Make sure to check the outdoor pools because they’re the coolest there!
Happy Hour at Plonk
After warming up at the hot springs, we headed back to main street to enjoy happy hour specials at Plonk. The wine selection and deals were really great!
The ploughman’s board was enough for a light lunch after our late breakfast, too.
Shopping or a Nap
Depending on your energy, you could go have a nap or do a little shopping!
Dinner & Live Music
We walked to Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture where we had Sidewall Pizza for dinner and enjoyed the cultural center that’s located inside.
After dinner, we opted for Sweet Peaks ice cream, but there are plenty of live music options offered if you wanted to go out!
Day 2: Gallagator Trail
We started the day with Jam on main! We highly suggest the mimosa’s and pancakes! They’re also known for their crepes.
We also stopped by the Co-Op Downtown to get some snacks and waters for later on the hike.
After breakfast we headed to the Gallagator Trail. We had really nice weather, and it was so nice to see everyone out and enjoying it!
The trail is paved in parts and gravel in others. It’s dog-friendly, and there were people walking, running, and biking on the trail.
Our favorite part of the trail were the views — especially of the mountains. It still blows our minds that we were still in the city limits!
Nap or Shop Main Street
After our walk we opted to go shopping! There are so many unique and fun stores on Main Street! From our favorite Damselfly Clothing Co to a toy store! We also loved the book store and antique store — there is something for everyone!
Copper Whiskey Bar & Grill for Dinner
As soon as we mentioned Copper to any of the locals, they nearly squealed with excitement! It’s located right on main street and offers such a unique, fun vibe!
We loved the whiskey selection, spiced huckleberry margarita, and huckleberry bread pudding! Plus, most of their meals are from Montana!
Day 3: Photos & Food
Our 3rd day in Bozeman was a Sunday. Some of the stores were closed – so we were glad we shopped Friday and Saturday.
We slept in a bit and went to Dave’s Sushi Off Main for lunch! It was absolutely delicious! (See our favorite rolls listed under What to Eat).
We also grabbed a drink at Bozeman Spirits Distillery after. They offer tastings as well as cocktails.
Whether it’s a special occasion or for work, we love to get professional photos made in a new town!! It’s such a fun experience and great way to remember the trip! Plus, you know you’ll have some great shots from the trip and can live in the moment versus trying to snap the perfect photo yourself!
We connected with Missy Short Photography about a month or so before our trip, and we just loved her work and personality!
She made the hour long photoshoot so fun and relaxed! It felt like we were with an old friend!
Cider Tasting at Lock Horn Cider
After pictures, we went to up Lockhorn Hard Cider for their cider pairing as part of downtown Bozeman’s restaurant week! It was so yummy.
Dinner at Reverly
At this point, we were pretty full, but we had to get it one more delicious meal!
We went to Reverly by our hotel for pizza. While we only got a slice or two in each — it was so good! Our waitress was the best, too!
Luckily, the city is super walkable so we got 15k+ steps every day….and enjoyed our food guilt free!! 😂
Where to Stay
There are several great places to stay in downtown Bozeman.
Lark is a boutique hotel right on the strip! It’s a great location for young people, and it’s just seconds from some of the most popular spots!
AC Hotel by Marriott Bozeman Downtown is another great spot to stay. It’s a brand new hotel and just a short walk to Main Street!
Kimpton Armory Hotel Bozeman
We chose the Armory Kimpton because of its amazingly comfortable bed, a heated outdoor pool and bar on the roof, and was easy walking distance from everything! We loved our stay, and our room had some of the best views!
The Element and RSVP Hotel are also located in downtown Bozeman and have great reviews! The RSVP Hotel or Lark offer very Instagrammable spots as well!
Where to Eat & Drink
We wanted to focus on great food and drinks for our Bozeman weekend vacation, and we definitely accomplished our goal!
This spot was constantly busy enough to look amazing, but there wasn’t a wait when we ate there! Revelry is just off Main Street. While they have a little bit of everything, we chose a pepperoni pizza and a glass of red wine. It was the perfect combo and such a fun atmosphere. They also have several craft beers to try!
You may think of eating something hearty when you’re in Montana, but we’ll get to that in a minute. Dave’s Sushi Off Main is worth trying for sure! We loved the Joy, Bubba Gump, and Widespread Panic rolls!
Copper | Whiskey Bar and Grill Bozeman
If you’re looking for whiskey and a steak, Copper is the spot! Most of their dishes come from Montana (easy to spot which ones on the menu), and they have the most amazing huckleberry spiced margarita and huckleberry bread pudding!
Our favorite happy hour and cheese board came from Plonk! It was actually so good we went back twice! The atmosphere inside can’t be topped either!
Lockhorn Hard Cider
If you’re looking for a snack and a fun tasting, we loved Lockhorn Hard Cider sampler! You can grab a flight of 4 ciders and pair them with a cheese board, hummus, nuts, or another snack.
Everything we had at Nova Cafe had us wanting to come back for more. We’ll definitely go here for breakfast again on our next trip! The special was lemon poppyseed pancakes, and a classic option was eggs benedict. Both were so delicious.
Jam! is a hot spot — especially on the weekend! We loved the pancakes and bacon, and the crepes the couple ordered next to us looked amazing too!
If you’re looking for a secret spot in Bozeman, we feel like it’s Sidewall Pizza. It’s inside the Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture. You can shop local artists’ shops and then grab a pizza! They also have a lot of specials each week!
Sweet Peaks Ice Cream
Sweet Peaks was something else we loved so much we had to have it twice! We tried the huckleberry and salted caramel flavors. Both were good, but the huckleberry was our favorite!
Genuine Ice Cream
Another fun ice cream spot with a ton of fun flavors is Genuine Ice Cream!
Sky Shed Cocktails
The views at Sky Shed were amazing, too! We loved the fire pits outside, and it was right on top of our hotel at the Armory!
What to Do
There is so much to do on your Bozeman weekend vacation! Here are a few ideas of what to do on your Bozeman weekend vacation.
Whether you’re an adventure seeker, outdoor lover, enjoy great museums, or are an avid shopper, Bozeman is a great place to visit!
- Walk, run, or try mountain biking on Gallagator Trail
- Enjoy a hike at Drinking Horse mountain trail
- Check out the dinosaur fossils at the Museum of the Rockies
- Visit American Computer and Robotics Museum
- Visit one of the many art galleries
- See a show or movie at the historic Ellen Theatre
- Shop historic main street
- Stop into Plonk for happy hour
- Enjoy a pastry and the unique vibe at a local coffee shop
After a day out, why not enjoy some live music or a craft beer Montana Ale Works? There are also fine dining restaurants to pick from if you prefer!
If you looking for more outdoor activities, the Bridger Bowl Ski area is also near Bozeman if you enjoy skiing!
Also, a lot of the shops are closed on Sunday. We recommend looking at the hours for each restaurant, bar, and shop to help you maximize your weekend.
If you follow our Bozeman weekend vacation tips, you should be able to see a lot in just 3 days!
While we flew Allegiant, there are several direct flight options into the Bozeman airport. The airport is so nice and unique too!
We had the best time! Let us know on Instagram @thekimandkalee if you plan a Bozeman weekend vacation!