#BznBeerWeek 2017 Travel Guide

For those of you planning to join us from afar - whether Manhattan, Montana; Manhattan, Kansas; or Manhattan, New York, we are excited to have you here for the Bozeman's inaugural Craft Beer Week.  As you begin to book your flight, reserve your lodging, and plan your week of adventures, we've got a few suggestions to help make your time in the Gallatin Valley as beer-tastic as possible.  So grab your favorite brew and keep on scrolling! Cheers!  

GETTING HERE VIA FLIGHTS: 

The Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport is the hub of travel for the Gallatin Valley.  There are direct flights to Bozeman from Denver, Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, Seattle, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Dallas, and Chicago, among others.  Many of these flights are offered daily, some are offered weekly (and availability is also seasonal!), so check each airline's website to find out which flights are offered and when.  Alaska, Delta, United, and American Airlines are the most popular commercial airlines arriving daily in the Bozone.  

GETTING HERE VIA ROAD TRIP: 

Bozeman is right on I-90, making it an easy stop for any road trip. If you're coming from the east, make sure to stop and visit our friends in Livingston at Katabatic Brewing or Neptune's Brewery and pick up a growler to bring with you over to Bozeman.  It will be good to have a little craft beer in your hotel with you!  If you're coming from the west, stop by Wheat Montana for a cookie or a cinnamon roll (seriously), and then swing by Missouri Headwaters State Park with your treats for a perfect picnic on your way into town!

STAYING HERE: 

We're excited to announce that Element Bozeman, a newer downtown hotel, has teamed up with us to offer a special room rate for Bozeman Craft Beer Week attendees!  The special rate is available only if you book your room during the month of April, and limited spots are available.  If you need a place to stay in Bozeman while you're here for Craft Beer Week, Element is right in the heart of downtown - walkable to many of our event venues as well as the Fairgrounds, which is handy for Friday night's Spring Brewers Rendezvous! Rooms are available for the nights of May 7-13.  Call Element at (406) 582-4972 and let them know you're coming for Craft Beer Week!

TRAVELING ONCE YOU'RE HERE

The Gallatin Valley is a pretty big place so there's a pretty good chance you'll need a car to explore.  If you're thinking of taking day trips to Big Sky or Yellowstone National Park, there are multiple car rental companies based at the airport.  Bozeman also now has Uber (so download the app if you haven't already), as well as a great local cab company, Greater Valley Taxi. Between the two, they'll get your where you need to go if you're only traveling around town. Finally, there's also an amazing system of trails (find an online map here!) in town that get you to virtually every event venue, so if you can bring or rent a bike, that's a great way to get around too!

WHAT ELSE TO DO BESIDES ENJOY CRAFT BEER

If this is your first time to the area (or even if it's not!) there are also many things that are worth sticking around an extra few days to visit and enjoy.  Museum of the Rockies, situated near Montana State University's campus will have a crocodile exhibit with LIVE crocodiles on display!  There's also tons of great hiking less than 30 minutes from Bozeman, including the famous M Trail (offering great views of the valley), Sourdough Canyon, and Lava Lake Trail in Gallatin Canyon, just to name a few.  Plus, the Bozeman area is home to some wonderful hot springs, great shopping, and of COURSE there's Yellowstone National Park, just an hour and a half drive through Paradise Valley.  

WHAT TO BRING

  • Comfortable shoes - After enjoying some incredible craft beer, you might need to walk!
  • A coat and a hat - In early May in Bozeman, it could be 75 degrees or it could be snowing... and it could be both of those in one day!  Come prepared for everything!
  • A valid ID - Bozeman is a stickler for having your ID, so make sure it's on you all the time! Legally, you're supposed to anyways!
  • Your favorite brewery T-shirt from your hometown - Spread the Craft Beer Love!!!! 
  • Download Untapped or or Instagram so you're ready to show off your Craft Beer love on social media... and so all your friends back home can be ultra jealous. :) 

So, make your plans and pack your bags... Bozeman Craft Beer Week will be here before you know it!  You save the date, and we'll save you a beer.  

Cheers,
Loy