Where does this start and end? We are staying in Gardiner, MT. Is this anywhere near this location? I can't find it on the Yellowstone map I have.
Thank you all for the map links! Perfect!!
Staying in Cody might be a better option; how much backtracking would be happening if we wanted to do Chief Joseph hwy as well?
Sorry, I'm really confused. I am looking at the map on the link...and I see both highways..but I don't see how I could make them both work and end up in Cody. Cody looks set aside from both in the opposite direction if I wanted to do Chief Joseph as well. Is that hwy a don't miss as well? It looks amazing in the pics... (??)
Not taking any days away from Yellowstone, but we are going to skip the Black Hills in SD and just do Mt. Rushmore and Custer State Park there. I think the trade off will be worth it to get to see the views from these highways in a relaxing fashion. Don't you think?
Have I confused you yet? : ) Maybe I should just tell you all I want to do/see and you can tell me the best way to make it happen. You all sound like professionals. :)
Thanks to all!!!
***I keep reading I need to go to finish beartooth to appreciate it...would jumping off at rock vista be missing out?**
What I would suggest is that your drive out the northeast exit of Yellowstone, drive through Silver Gate***-Cooke City, drive the Beartooth Highway as far at the Rock Creek Vista which overlooks the switchbacks for the views.
Have a picnic!
Then turn around, drive back toward Cooke City but just past the Clarks Fork Overlook turn south(left) onto Chief Joseph Scenic Hwy. Take that to Hwy 120. Turn south onto 120 into Cody.
***For a fantastic breakfast stop in Silver Gate:
The CJH is very scenic, historical, and well worth the drive. Folks who also want to drive the most scenic parts of the Beartooth will generally drive the Beartooth in the direction of Red Lodge, but turn around at Rock Creek Vista, come back to the intersection with the CJH, and follow the CJH into Cody. Personally, I would drive these highways and drop the Black Hills, as you've planned, but that's just my opinion.
Thanks for the awesome suggestions!!! Gosh, makes me wonder what people did before Trip Advisor! :) You guys are the best!!
I just booked a hotel for Cody! Much happier with this arrangement, won't feel as rushed.
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