Beartooth Highway: Montana and Wyoming
Distance – 68 miles, 1 hour

The Beartooth Highway—a 68-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 212—is the perfect definition of what a great bike ride should be, with dozens of hairpins and switchbacks.

Beginning at Red Lodge, Montana, the National Scenic Byway is a roller-coaster ride as it travels up through Beartooth Pass (10,947 feet) in Wyoming. It zigzags the entire way as it cuts across the Custer and Shoshone National Forests and sweeps through above-tree line tundra.

And those views! High alpine meadows burst into bloom in summer, while lakes reflect snow-capped summits. Traveling southwest, the route ends at Cooke City, the northern gateway to Yellowstone National Park.

Planning: The pass is usually closed October through May due to snow. At any time of year, check the weather forecast before setting off.

This ride was found at: National Geographic