Happy June! You know what that means…summer is officially here! Pool parties, BBQs, and best of all, VACATION. June is also our opening month and that means there is plenty of fun to be had for us as your tour guides. Whether you’re taking in the view from the motorcycle’s sidecar chair or maybe you’re doing your own tour looking through the windshield of your own car, the Greater Yellowstone Area has a ton to offer!
If you’re planning on driving to Yellowstone National Park from Bozeman International Airport, be sure to take your time and enjoy the drive through Livingston and Paradise Valley as you make your way towards the North Entrance of the park in Gardiner, MT. US Highway 89 South is a fast two-lane highway that takes you through the valley; but that isn’t the only route. Follow us along our tour route down East River Road. This is a more leisurely drive while providing spectacular views of the Absaroka Mountains, Gallatin Mountains, and smack dab in between these two mountain ranges, the mighty Yellowstone River.
While there is an abundance of wildlife inside Yellowstone National Park, many of the animals you are hoping to find will most likely be right alongside this stretch of the road. As we always tell our riders, keep looking around and don’t forget to look in the treetops, you never know when you are going to see a bald eagle or an osprey perched high above the river. Depending on the time of day you drive this stretch of road, there is a very good chance you will see elk, moose, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, and of course deer.
Eventually, East River Road will bring you back to US 89 South right before Yankee Jim Canyon. This is a beautiful part of the road with little traffic and fantastic views. At this point, our tours turn off to loop back towards Livingston at The Old Saloon, which is a great spot to stop for lunch and watch some live music.
No matter where you go or how you get there, driving through this section of the country will leave a lasting impression on you. So, jump in your car and enjoy your drive or hop aboard the sidecar for a unique tour that will bring you to some other hidden gems that you’ll only discover if you come along with us for the ride.