If you have ever been to the Paradise Valley you will immediately understand how it got its name.
The stunning Absaroka Mountains sprawl from Livingston to the North Entrance of Yellowstone National Park.
Highway 89, which will take you right to the park is traveled heavily by tourists in the Summer who have landed at the Bozeman Airport and are embarking on a trip to Yellowstone. But what they may not know is that journey on Highway 89 has so many unique and fun spots to spend the day and get a true taste of Montana.
I have written about Chico Hot Springs before, but seriously STOP THERE! The outdoor hot springs pool is the perfect way to relax, enjoy a beverage, and soak in the mountain air.
You can stay the night at Chico or just stop for a soak after a day of activities at the park. They have towels, locker rooms, and three places to eat. So, you could make a day out of it.
The dining at Chico is great, but if you are looking to get a real sense of small town Montana, drive the 2 miles from Chico to Emigrant where Follow Yer’ Nose BBQ and the Old Saloon bring the outdoor venue to a whole new level.
Follow Yer’ Nose BBQ was just a smoker and a tent when they first opened. Now you can sit outside on a unique patio and listen to a local band while enjoying some of the best BBQ in the state.
Get the ‘Don’t Mine the Yellowstone’ sandwich for two reasons. One it’s dang good! And two because $1 from every sandwich sold goes to the Yellowstone Gateway Business Coalition***.
*** There is a group that wants to mine for gold near Emigrant just outside Yellowstone. The effects of the mine could completely alter the area including the stunning views. To learn more go to http://dontmineyellowstone.com/ ***
In the same parking lot as Follow Yer’ Nose is the Old Saloon. You can get breakfast, lunch, and dinner here! Go for the food, but stay for the live music.
The Old Saloon has an old school outdoor stage and this summer have pulled some pretty good musical acts including Turnpike Troubadours (sorry, this concert is sold out)!
There’s plenty of room for dancing and enjoying a cold one. It’s the perfect place for tourists and locals to meet!
Paradise Valley truly is paradise, just ask John Mayer.
So, on your way to Yellowstone, stop meet the locals and take in the beauty of paradise.