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I have done most of your route and more on a Harley-Davidson, and I have to agree wholeheartedly. I love this part of your country with a passion. Thanks for your article.

Henry Chiari
Fremantle, Australia
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Fist of all, nice last name! :)

This is a great article. Thank you for posting. Question, what about rides through Yellowstone? We are going in early July, and wonder if we should even consider taking a route through the park due to traffic, wildlife, etc. I'm wondering if riding the perimeter is best, and when we are are at Grand Teton Lodge, just figure out alternate modes of seeing the park. I'm sure on a bike is incredible, but also don't want to be stuck and not moving, or in danger because of wildlife.
Thanks again.

St Louis, MO
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Editor Response
When I saw your name in the "name" field, I thought perhaps there was a mistake. As you know it's very uncommon to see Schmitt spelled with two Ts. It's usually a "dt."

There are few roads in the park as it is. And I'm not sure what you mean by riding the perimeter. Do you mean not even entering the park? That would be a shame. You've come this far, you need to see and ride inside the park. It's spectacular and like no other place on earth.

Here's what I can tell you:
1. The busiest entrance is West Yellowstone. Least busiest is Cooke City.
2. The most traveled road is the strip from West Yellowstone to Old Faithful.
3. The next most traveled road is the part from Mammoth to Old Faithful.
4. The above two stretches are the least scenic, in my opinion.
5. The most scenic stretch, in my opinion, is the Lamar Valley, which is from Tower Junction to the northeast entrance in Cooke City.
6. All roads in the park will have traffic and wildlife in the summer. However, it's not as bad as you think. There are stretches where one can easily pass a slow-moving vehicle, and you will even find yourself the only vehicle on the road at one time or another.
7. The speed limit is no higher than 45 mph in most of the park and you'll not want to exceed this in case there is some wildlife on the road around a corner you'll be traveling at a speed that allows you to stop in time.
9. If you do run into a traffic jam, it's usually because of a wildlife spotting. Bear jams are the worst congestion, but hey... who doesn't want to stop and see a grizzly or a black bear!

Genevieve Schmitt, Editor
My favorite ride in is US 212 through the Northeast Entrance then out via US 26 through Alpine Junction (loved the Snake River raft ride) to Twin Falls ID
All of the routes to/from Yellowstone are great rides and you really can't go wrong with whatever works for your itinerary.

Long Neck, DE
Monday, March 2, 2015
So beautiful! My favorite ride so far has been through the Badlands in South Dakota, but this summer after Sturgis we are going to tour Yellowstone and the Northwest. Thanks for your tips. I can't wait!

Peterborough, NH
Sunday, March 1, 2015
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