We are coming to YNP from the Midwest in June. We're stopping for 1-2 days Keystone, SD on the way. As we leave Keystone, we will stop at Devils Tower. When we leave DT, we want to drive @ half way to YNP and spend the night. Would it make sense to spend the night in Billings or Red Lodge? We definitely want to drive across the Beartooth Hwy on our way. I'm thinking we'll enter YNP using the NE entrance since we're staying in Canyon the first 2 nights. I've read many suggestions to stay in Cody, but wouldn't this put us south of Beartooth, adding extra drive time? After Canyon, we have reservations at Grant Village (trying to move to OF area) for our last 2 nights at YNP and will be leaving directly for GTNP from there.
So, my question is, what is the most scenic route from DT to YNP without any backtracking? And, is the NE entrance logical for us?