7 Day Trip to Livingston, Montana


Have you ever wondered what Spring is like in Montana? Well, I have one word: Stunning. The mountain peaks still have their snowy tops but the land is flowing with luscious green grass and all the wild animals are out from hibernation. It's one of the best times to drive through Yellowstone National Park to experience all the baby elk, bears, buffalo... you name it!

Typically when people think of traveling to Montana, Summer and Winter are their prime seasons. But there is something special about Spring in Montana if you're looking to relax without the tourism crowds.

Check out some of our favorite places to stay, eat, and activities to do during Spring in Livingston, Montana!


  • Los Pinos Mexican Restaurant (BEST Mexican Food I've EVER had!!!)
  • Mark's In & Out
  • Campione (Italian Restaurant) - I highly suggest making reservations ahead of time1
  • Gil's Goods (ice cream and pizza)


Most of these were all recommendations from a local!

  • Blackbird Kitchen
  • Little Star Diner
  • La Esquina for Tacos in the Cannery District
  • Feed Cafe
  • Sweet Peaks Ice Cream
  • Wild Crumb Bakery - A MUST VISIT! Try the turkey sandwich and thank me later.
  • Treeline Coffee Roasters - BEST COFFEE AND CHAI! And it's right next door to Wild Crumb Bakery.
  • Maven's Market (sandwiches and cheese shop)

Hiking Trail Recommendations from a Local:

During the early Spring season, most of the wild animals have come out of hypernatkion with their cubs and are very hungry. In addition, there is likely still snow that has not melted yet. Therefore, hiking is not at its prime during the Spring Season. However, I recommend coming during summer months for hiking!

  • Sypes Canyon Trail
  • South CottonWood Trail

Can you find the two baby cubs in the picture above?!


  • Drive through Yellowstone National Park

I recommend stopping at Wonderland Cafe and Lodge, which is located right outside the Montana entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Their Elk Chili was absolutely AMAZING! 100/10 rating. There are also spots to stop and hike, such as the Mammoth Hot Springs. It's stinky fri the sulphur but incredible to see!

  • Chico Hot Springs

It's actually a hotel that was built around one of Montana's most famous all natural hot springs. The hotel is beautoful and there is also horse back riding available! But you can pay to visit the hot springs by themselves for a day and it's definitely worth going!

  • Horseback Riding

Many horseback riding locations were not yet open for the season in early May, but Chico Lodge was so that was awesome! But there are many locations to check out horseback riding in Montana.

  • Visit the Town

Bozeman is about 40 minute drive from Livingston so I recommend taking a 1/2 day to explore the town of Bozeman and the remainder of the day in Livingston Montana. Bozeman has great options for coffeee and breakfast, then you can head back to Livingston to shop around the town and have dinner.

  • Fly Fishing

One thing that Montana does not lack in is rivers, streams, and fly fishing shops. My family has been taking me fishing since I was a little girl, and our favorite thing to do is simply walk into a fly fishing shop and ask the locals fro their recommendations. I do recommend packing and bringing along your own fishing rods to save you some money, then you'll just have to rent out a time slot on someone's private property to fish their stream. But the views are spectacular!

  • Picnics

Since we were traveling, my brother and dad were the only ones who brought their fly fishing rods. However, the day prior we had gone to a local cheese shop to pick out some charcuterie-type options to snack on through the week. We ended up bringing a large blanket from the AirBnB we were staying at, along with those cheese and crackers, and us girls had our own little picnic while watching the boys fish and front row to the spectacular mountains. Best decision!

  • Check out local farmers and co-op shops!

One of my favorite parts about visiting new locations is to check out their agriculture! Right outside of Bozeman, we found Mark Huyser who also sells incredible meat. He was very generous with his time, has an awesome generations-old story, friendly to talk to and learn from. You can learn about his farm here!

We also checked out a local shop (The Spur Line) similar to Tractor Supply (for those in NC) where we got my dogs some toys. There was also a little local goods and flower shop next door (Wood Rose Market). We found local eggs, meats, grains, and more at this garden shop and it made us fall in love with the town!


My brother popped the question at Yellowstone National Park to his now fiancée!

We had a picnic in Paradise Valley, Montana while the boys fly fished and we were front row to these gorgeous mountains! We got all the goodies from Maven's Market.

Where should we go next?!

Now, it’s time to grab our aprons and begin baking deliciousness! ’till next time! xxL

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7 Day Trip to Livingston, Montana




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