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Monday, May 18, 2015 - 4:22pm Dana Benner

An Easterner’s drive along the Beartooth Scenic Byway.

How does one describe Hwy. 212, commonly called the Beartooth Scenic Byway? Travel magazines use superlatives like “amazing,” “magnificent,” and “a must-drive,” and while they all apply, the byway is much more than that and something different for everyone. This was my experience.

 Beartooth Highway

Summer in Cody, Wyoming: I had ten days to get a laundry-list of stories researched and put to bed, but many of the locals kept asking me, “Have you driven the Beartooth?” After about the tenth time, I decided to see what the fuss was all about.

Leaving early in the morning, my goal was to drive the Beartooth Highway out of Red Lodge and follow it to the junction with Chief Joseph Scenic Highway in Wyoming, and then take that back to Cody. Once on Hwy. 212, I didn’t really know what to expect, but how bad could it be? Growing up in New Hampshire, driving mountain roads was nothing new to me, and after all, we have Mount Washington. I soon found out that I wasn’t in New Hampshire anymore.

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