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Beartooth Highway Cooke City Silver Gate Montana United States
Beartooth Highway
Man can’t compete with Mother Nature in awesomeness, but the Beartooth Highway, which winds between Cooke City and Red Lodge, Montana, is proof that we certainly try. Almost half the improbable 64-mile route runs across the treeless tundra above 10,000 feet. The mountain range it crosses—the Beartooths—gets more than 30 feet of snow annually and is plagued by avalanches. In the road’s short season—it’s open from the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through the Tuesday after Columbus Day—it’s one of the most thrilling rides by car, motorcycle, or bike in the country. When the National Scenic Byway program was created in 1991, the Beartooth Highway was one of the first ten roads designated as an All-American Road. (Even today, there are only 31 such roads.)

Cooke City-Silver Gate, MT, USA