Beartooth Pass - most beautiful highway in US?
Trip Start Aug 19, 2010
35Trip End Nov 15, 2010
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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
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.