Though we encourage you to get out and explore on foot whenever possible, the parks offer fantastic scenic drives for those disinclined or unable to hoof it. But do take your time, and take advantage of the many opportunities to pull over and gaze at the wonders before you.
- From the most beautiful part of Yellowstone (the northeast corner) through Silver Gate and Cooke City, up to the dizzying heights of Beartooth Pass, the Beartooth Highway (U.S. 212) drive is nothing short of spectacular. If that’s not enough, you can extend the trip to Red Lodge, Montana, or head down to Cody, Wyoming, and connect to the East Entrance Road (see below).
- The East Entrance Road is the second-most scenic way to approach Yellowstone (behind the Beartooth Highway, above). Wind through gorgeous Shoshone Canyon, top out on 8,530-foot Sylvan Pass, then cruise down from the high country to sweeping views over Yellowstone Lake.
- A twisting, narrow road climbs Grand Teton’s Signal Mountain to a fine 360-degree view of the valley and surrounding peaks. On the way up, you’ll see wildflowers and birds; from the top, you can study the moraines and potholes left by retreating glaciers.
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