I only ended up spending a couple days in Yellowstone National Park itself, but the entire area is beautiful and fascinating. (And cold at night and in the morning!) After I left the park, I drove over the Beartooth Pass, which Charles Kuralt called “the most beautiful drive in America”. I am not sure if I can agree with that judgment, but that’s mostly because visibility was low with a lot of rain in the lower altitudes, and yes, I got snowed on near the top…on August 14th. After the Beartooth Pass, my 100 miles on I-90 to Bozeman was actually the longest stretch of Interstate that I’ve driven on the entire trip. Luckily it was through the mountains and actually pretty nice!
Grand Teton National Park sits on the southern border of Yellowstone, and so I decided to stop there for a few days before going into Yellowstone. I am glad I did. Great scenery, nice people, and interesting weather fluctuations.