You would think by this stage in my life, I would have seen everything there was to see in Montana…right? Alas, that is not the case. Believe it or not, this messy haired girl has a list of things to see and do in Big Sky Country.
For example, for the last five years I’ve been jonesing to drive the Beartooth Highway. (For those unfamiliar with the road, the Beartooth Highway is shared between Wyoming and Montana and is a National Scenic Highway All-American Road).
And this weekend, the opportunity to hit that beautiful drive was present. So hit it we did.
My current list of things to see and do in Montana. I’m happy to say ONE is checked off!
Me, and two of my best travel buddies, loaded up our rig in Missoula and made a beeline for the Beartooth Highway. As we wanted to drive the entire length of the road, we started our journey in Gardiner, one of the entrances to Yellowstone National Park.
A cowboy giving us a proper send-off in Gardiner.
Entering Yellowstone–the nation’s first national park.
A lone bison at Mammoth Hot Springs.
Taking in the scenery in Yellowstone National Park.
En route to our destination: Cooke City.
A quick stop in Cooke City. Random tidbit: the year-round population (according to my new pal at the gas station) is 89.
A little “take your breath” away view at one of the peaks on the Beartooth Highway.
The full monty view.
One word: stunning.
A triplet selfie in the snow.
This view took my breath away.
Skiers can find year-round powder stashes in the Beartooth Mountains.
Hello, Big Sky Country!
A view from the Montana side of the road.
And another view.
Looking into a high mountain valley.
Greeting us at the end of our journey: a perfect rainbow.
What else greeted us? The adorable town of Red Lodge.
And the drive? It was perfection.
What’s on your list of things to do this summer?