Montana Vacation Planning: Our Favorite Day Trips Near Bozeman
With the warmer weather here to stay (fingers crossed!), there is nothing better than a weekend getaway. Get the family gathered up and go on a quick Montana staycation! Whether you are local to Montana, or are just visiting its incredible scenery, this state has so much to offer. From its remarkable natural sights in Yellowstone National Park, to its wide selection of natural hot springs, there is something for everyone. Here are some of our favorite day trips, all conveniently located within 2 hours of Bozeman!
Norris Hot Springs
It has been long believed that soaking in the mineral dense water from the earth encompasses healing benefits. Montana offers many natural hot springs in which guests are able to soak. One of our favorites, located roughly 35 miles from Bozeman, is Norris Hot Springs! Norris Hot Springs pumps 38,000 gallons of hot mineral water into its pool on a daily basis. Head out to Norris Hot Springs to experience the healing benefits of soaking in mineral water, and don't forget to grab a snack or beverage from their poolside bar and grill while your at it!
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Nearly 63 years ago, on August 17, 1959, disaster struck. A massive earthquake, measuring a 7.5 on the Richter scale, was responsible for triggering an immense landslide. Moving at 100 MPH, this massive landslide sent nearly 80 million tons of rock rushing down into a narrow canyon. Unfortunately, this natural disaster took the lives of 28 individuals. Due to the 80 million tons of rock that blocked the Madisen River, the body of water we now know as Earthquake lake was created. Despite its tragic history, this unique lake is now a popular attraction, and people from throughout the U.S. travel here to visit and memorialize those who lost their lives due to the Hebgen Lake Earthquake.
Take a daytrip to Virginia City, Montana's very much alive ghost town! Located 20 miles west of Yellowstone National Park and approximately 65 miles from Bozeman, this destination is a sight to behold. Virginia City is Montana's best preserved Victorian gold mining town, and is a true representation of the Old West. While visiting this awesome ghost town, you can stroll by Virginia City Players, the local theater, or even hit up The Pioneer Bar for an ice cold beverage in a Victorian themed setting. How neat!
Lewis & Clark Caverns
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Lewis & Clark Caverns, one of the largest known limestone caverns in the Northwest, was discovered in 1898. These incredible caverns featuring mind-blowing stalactites and stalagmites, are open to the public and are even naturally air conditioned (AKA a perfect place to spend a hot summer day). Located just 55 miles outside of Bozeman, Lewis & Clark Caverns makes for the perfect day trip for any Montana local or tourist! While you're there, don't forget to stop by our gift shop and grab yourself some Montana inspired goodies!
Mammoth Hot Springs
Nearly 600,000 years ago, a catastrophic volcano erupted rerouting an underground "plumbing" system. Hot water being routed through this plumbing system in combination with carbon dioxide is responsible for dissolving layers of limestone. As this solution exits through small fissures in the system, carbon dioxide is released and hardens into a solid mineral, forming the terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs that we know today! Mammoth Hot Springs is a popular attraction that draws thousands of individuals globally. Located within 84 miles of Bozeman, this crowd-pleasing site makes for a great day trip for anybody wanting to get out of town for a while! Head to Mammoth Hot Springs to spend the day exploring one of Yellowstone National Parks most iconic formations!
By: Alexa Jorgenson