Touring Historic Bozeman

Photo © Bozeman Downtown Business Partnership

If you’re spending a little time in Bozeman, Montana—one of the gateways to Yellowstone National Park—get acquainted with the town on foot with one of the city’s self-guided walking tours. These tours allow an up-close view of historic sites, a sense of the events and characters that shaped the city, and a little exercise to boot.

Take Bozeman’s Historic Main Street Walking Tour to learn about the subtle differences between Art Deco, Italianate and Mission Revival architecture. Evening is a good time to take this walk so you don’t miss the collection of vibrant neon signs. And keep an eye out for the revolving yellow horse. While you’re out and about on Main Street, an excellent spot to grab a meal is Garage Soup Shack (451 East Main Street).

Fans of historic residential architecture styles should head out on the Historic Neighborhood Walking Tour. You’ll view 29 homes on the National Register of Historic Places—everything from upright farmhouses to Victorian mansions. And you’ll learn about how distinctive builders’ styles influenced the architecture as much as the specific architectural mode of the day.

Find tour maps and more information about Bozeman at bozemancvb.com.