Beartooth Pass - most beautiful highway in US?

Trip Start Aug 19, 2010
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Trip End Nov 15, 2010


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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Woke up early in Bozeman and drove back down to Yellowstone. Went through the Lamar Valley for some wildlife watching, but didn't see much other than the beautiful scenery.

I then drove what road-trip guru, Charles Kuralt, considers "the most beautiful drive in America." The 64 mile trip through Beartooth Pass takes you to the top of a wind-swept, tundra-filled plateau with 360-degree views of the scenery surrounding Yellowstone. If sort of gives you an "on top of the world" feeling since you are above treeline. I don't know if it's because I've been spoiled with these kinds of views (and better) before on backcountry hikes or what, but I still think the PCH stretch through Big Sur is more beautiful and memorable. Also, I think I found the views from the top so less rewarding than hiking it on your own feet.. I didn't really feel like I accomplished much.. that's probably part of it too. Regardless, it's an impressive drive and well worth doing if you are in the area.

There must have been a Depression-era car convention on the other side of the pass because I got stuck behind an endless number of them-- think Model T. Lets just say they aren't made for elevation gains.. I'm pretty sure I could ride my bike faster than these 0.2 liter automobiles can climb hills.

Stopped off at Red Lodge Brewery on the other side for a yummy porter, watched an Oktoberfest festival, and then made my way back home.
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