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America's Most Iconic Drives: Beartooth Highway, Montana

Courtesy of Donnie Sexton

Beartooth Highway, Montana

This 69-mile drive between Red Lodge, MT, and Yellowstone National Park offers amazing mountain views and up-close sightings of mountain goats and elk. Closed by snow from mid-October to May, this top-of-the-world road runs well above tree line for many miles, zigzagging in steep switchbacks to climb over its 10,947-foot-high point.

Where to Stop: At the eastern end of the highway, the historic town of Red Lodge is home to one of the Wild West’s most agreeable old haunts—the luxurious Pollard Hotel, where Calamity Jane and Buffalo Bill both stayed overnight.


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