We will come from Missoula on May 15 and have reservations at OF Inn for 1 night. Suggestions on this drive, or how long it will likely take us? I think mileage wise it would be about 7 hours, but not sure how the drive is and pace, etc. We'll have the remainder of this day, plus the next day to visit what we can in Yellowstone and land ourselves either somewhere around Billings (exit north) or Sheridan (exit east) to set our sights on the Badlands then the following day.
So, I'm wondering what your recommendations are for seeing what we can in this limited stay. What loop would you recommend we drive? Given the east entrance just opened, are we better off going out the north exit? I'd love to get a sampling of the incredible natural features, but also would love to have a route where we are likely to see bison and maybe bear.
Thanks for all your wisdom, insights and time.