Wyoming June 05, 2018
12 Roads With The Best Windshield Views In All Of Wyoming
Every drive is breathtaking when you live in Wyoming, but these 12 scenic byways and backroads show off the best of the state. Take a few hours to explore the ones closest to you, or plan a long road trip to travel them all this summer!
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1. Chief Joseph Scenic Byway
The Chief Joseph Scenic Byway is the best backroad in Wyoming for a relaxing scenic drive. Named after the Native American Chief of the Nez Perce Tribe, the road links Cody, WY with the stunning Beartooth Highway that leads to Yellowstone National Park. Enjoy beautiful winding roads for 47 miles on this highway.
2. Red Gulch, Alkali National Back Country Byway
You'll find this underrated backroad byway just to the west of the Bighorn Mountains. The 32-miles of scenic gravel and dirt roads show off the best of the foothills of the impressive Bighorns.
3. Crazy Woman Canyon
The beautiful, serene Crazy Woman Canyon is one of the more remote spots in Wyoming, and the road that winds through it is one of the prettiest! Read more about this hidden gem in the Cowboy State
4. Snowy Range Road
The Snowy Range Road shows off some of the prettiest mountain scenes in the state. Enjoy a view of Medicine Bow Peak and Lake Marie as you twist and turn your way along these beautiful mountains in Southeast Wyoming.
5. Ten Sleep Canyon, Cloud Peak Scenic Byway
This stunning scenic byway takes you through the southern Bighorn Mountains, into the town of Ten Sleep. The Canyon east of town is breathtaking, even from the paved roadway.
6. Beartooth Highway
The Beartooth Highway is one of the most stunning drives in the entire country! This 68 mile stretch of highway can be accessed from Chief Joseph Scenic Byway, or you can drive the whole thing from southern Montana.
Read more about this route here
7. Buffalo Bull Cody Scenic Byway
The Buffalo Bill Cody Byway is a relaxing, serene route along the North Fork of the Shoshone River, through the Wapiti Valley, and all the way to Yellowstone. Along the way, be sure to stop for a walk around Buffalo Bill Reservoir.
8. Teton Park Road
This view might be the most iconic in the state! The view as you approach the foothills of the Tetons is unforgettable, and it never fails to take my breath away.
9. Flaming Gorge Scenic Byway
Flaming Gorge is a part of Wyoming that's often overlooked! This scenic byway that twists through Utah and Southwestern Wyoming is worth driving any time you feel like making the trek. You'll be amazed by views you won't find elsewhere in the state.
10. Wind River Canyon Scenic Byway
The Wind River Canyon Scenic Byway is laid between Shoshoni and Thermopolis, near Hot Springs State Park. There's a lot to see on this 34 mile journey, and you can easily spend a full day stopping for photos at the various overlooks and vistas.
11. Star Valley Scenic Byway
Stay Valley is one underrated spot in Wyoming, but traveling this byway is an experience everyone should have at least once. It's the newest road designated as a scenic byway in the state, and it takes you for an 80 mile journey from Lincoln County, into Idaho, back into Wyoming, up to Salt River Pass, down into Star Valley and through Snake River Canyon. This is one impressive drive!
12. Wyoming Centennial Scenic Byway
One of the best views of this 163-mile long highway is from Togwotee Pass, where you can see the Teton Range... but really, the whole highway is gorgeous. You'll tavel between Pinedale and Dubois on your journey across a good stretch of the state.
What’s your favorite windshield view in Wyoming? Tell us about it in the comments below!