Yellowstone National Park is a favorite to millions of visitors each year. The park is a major destination for individuals and families. Drive the grand loop road, to view the park from the your car and take a rest at one of the many roadside picnic areas. The park has thousands of miles of trails to explore. Whoever said, “It’s not the destination, it’s the journey” must have traveled the I-90 Shuffle. Instead of bypassing some of the best scenery you’ll ever see, move through it and marvel at every twist and turn in the road. Make getting there just as fun—and just as spectacular—as the legendary park itself.
Sure, you could choose the boring lull of the straight and steady Interstate. But you don’t know what you’d be missing—the journey to Yellowstone over Wyoming’s magical Big Horn Mountains and a chance to explore the wonderful towns of Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country along the way. Between the Black Hills and the legendary park, there’s a lot of west to roam! From iconic Mount Rushmore, a stop at the Northeast Wyoming Welcome Center near Sundance is the perfect place to plan your I-90 Shuffle. Swinging north off I-90 to Highway 14 takes you up the Big Horn Mountains and through the Bighorn National Forest, to Powell. If you divert south to Highway 16 at Buffalo, be sure to meander into the old town of Meeteetse on your way to Cody—the rodeo capital of the world, where the two routes join again. From there, the one-hour trek west to Yellowstone has been called the most scenic 50 miles in America. Either way you choose, the sights are colorful and breathtaking and the route is like no other.
Yellowstone Country is comprised of the towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse as well as the valley east of Yellowstone National Park. The area is called “Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country” because it was the playground of Buffalo Bill Cody himself. The heart of Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country is the community of Cody, Wyoming, founded by Buffalo Bill in 1896. The entire region was driven by and is still heavily influenced by his vision. His regard for the wildlife, scenery, and the wonders of Yellowstone can be appreciated by all who visit Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country. Today its broad streets, world-class museum, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West and thriving western culture host nearly 1 million visitors annually. The Wild West is a place filled with adventure. It’s a place where you can ride horses, rope cattle, sit around a campfire and stay at a genuine guest ranch. But it’s also a place filled with warmth and charm. Welcoming accommodations, fine restaurants, stellar shopping, plenty of things to see and do, and no shortage of outdoor fun and adventure. Come explore the communities of Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country and see that the Wild West isn’t so wild after all.