Maybe I'm biased having lived here nearly 20 years, but I am reminded how fortunate we are that live here when I get feedback from a first-time or return visitor. The downtown and the whole area strikes a nice balance between the old and the new and while of course there is always someone who would like to see it done differently, the proof is in the end result which is that Bozeman has a pretty solidly balanced economy.
The downtown is appealing as besides a good blend of stores and restaurants that are easily accessible on foot once you are parked, (parking really is no problem), the buildings exhibit an excellent variety from various time periods. Bozeman was founded in 1864 and the oldest building on Main Street dates back to 1872. One business can make the claim that it has been operating since 1892 and that is pretty cool too. So what is an added bonus for downtown is that along with a wide range of shopping, you have an attractive setting that visualizes its architectural significance. The Downtown Visitor's Center at 222 E. Main St in the Baltimore Building and the Chamber of Commerce located on the SE corner of 19th and Baxter a few miles to the northwest, are both excellent sources of information on the ground locally. Spiraling out from downtown are great recreational venues too numerous to list here, but if it's a mellow walk in the out-of-doors close by, or something much more substantial, you will find it. Top it off with an airport that has outstanding service for a town its size and you've got a great "all-around" package. The only thing missing for some, is a nice downtown hotel, but that too may be in the works for the near future.
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