Local Living

Vibrant and Historic Communities

With one foot in the past and one stepping into the future, Greater Yellowstone’s friendly towns are base camps for exploring wide-open spaces and wild places.


“You can take quite a tour just focusing on historic hotels, from the Gallatin Gateway Inn, which once linked tourists arriving by rail with coaches bound for Yellowstone National Park, to the Irma Hotel in Cody where Annie Oakley, Calamity Jane, and Frederic Remington all stayed. This area is rich with historic downtowns that offer a glimpse into the past."

—Ev Diehl, owner, Chamberlin Inn, Cody, WY

“Bozeman is full of talent—we have 100 artists working here at the Emerson Center alone—so it’s no surprise that culture is taking its place next to the lure of the great outdoors. During winter, people show up at films and galleries in their ski garb, looking for a great cultural experience to cap off a day on the slopes.”

—Yvonne Reddy, gallery attendant and docent, Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture, Bozeman, MT

“This region may be unique in all the world as a place where a person can have an extraordinary natural experience, and then digest it through the eyes of artists, historians, naturalists, and different cultures. An exceptional collection of museums enhances our personal experiences and helps unlock the issues we grapple with every day.”

—David Pennock, Executive Director, Museum of Idaho, Idaho Falls, ID


the best travel advice comes from the people who live here
Tim O'Donoghue