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Best scenic route from Texas to Montana

  • Michelle
     asked this on January 04, 2012 at 04:44 PM
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Yeah, long, long drive and depends on your starting point and destination, but you might want to think about ticking off long chunks of highway on the interstates and then focusing on one or two stops/scenic routes along the way. Santa Fe north through the San Luis Valley (to Buena Vista) is an amazing drive that's not too far off course. The Yellowstone/Grand Teton roads are also great. Pretty much any drive in Montana is good, even the freeways to some extent. If you can do the Eastern exit of Yellowstone (over Beartooth Pass to Cooke City, MT), I'd highly recommend it.
  • Pieter
     answered this on January 10, 2012 at 12:11 PM
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Phew, it's hard to know where to begin with this question! Looking at a map, you'll probably want to drive northwest up the I-25 corridor that will take you past Denver and Boulder before cutting west on I-80 or US-26 toward Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks. The drive through Yellowstone is pretty special, and that's just a taster as you continue north through the Rockies toward the mother of all scenic drives, Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park. Thing is, I'd worry you might not even make it to Montana, as chances are you'll get distracted by the scenery in Colorado. It's a bit off your route (depending on where you depart from in Texas), but the drive between Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Durango, Colorado, is pretty special; then from Durango, you have some of the Rockies' best scenery and mountain driving as you pass atmospheric old mining outposts like Ouray and Telluride. Another fantastic scenic route that's a little closer to the more direct I-25 line to Montana is Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway, a 115-mile stunner that takes you over Independence Pass near Aspen and Leadville. Check ahead, though, to see if routes are open during the winter. This last route was actually picked by National Geographic as one of its "Top 10 Skyscraping Drives," which we excerpted recently on Away.com here: http://bit.ly/hzpt0Q. You can also find more scenic-driving advice and ideas on Away.com here: http://bit.ly/z2AEAv. Have a great trip. And make sure to take lots of pictures!
  • Alistair
     answered this on January 10, 2012 at 12:05 PM
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