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“Lovely drive from nowhere to nowhere”
Review of US Highway 16

US Highway 16
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Buffalo
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
Level 6 Contributor
509 reviews
320 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 589 helpful votes
“Lovely drive from nowhere to nowhere”
Reviewed 2 July 2014

The road is advertised as the most picturesque route into Yellowstone and it is certainly very pretty. In mid-June it was still snow-covered and near freezing around the summit; we pitied the underdressed bikers! I’m sure driving in either direction would be lovely; use the several scenic pull-outs to admire the views properly.

Visited June 2014
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Portland, Oregon
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“Long steep climb, but absolutely beautiful”
Reviewed 5 June 2014

As you leave Buffalo and head up the "Sweet 16", watch for the geologic signs along the way that tell you about the road cuts you're passing through and how old the formations are. You don't need to stop if you don't want as you can read the signs easily at highway speeds. The scenery is beautiful and you can see antelope, deer and moose along the way. The rugged beauty of this drive forced me to stop several times and shoot some pictures and the view from the Powder River summit is stunning. The highway on the west side of the summit is beautiful as well and winds down the mountain on a steep descent and includes some tight, 25 mph, corners. If you're not stopping and taking pictures, you're probably driving too fast! Slow down and enjoy the beauty of nature and the Cloud Peak Skyway.

Visited June 2014
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Buffalo, Wyoming
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Beautiful views on a well maintained Highway”
Reviewed 5 February 2014

The best thing about US 16 is that it takes you to some of the most beautiful mountains you'll ever see and enjoy, the Big Horn's. . . which are dead center of two other tourist must do's, Yellowstone Park and The Black Hills of South Dakota

Visited July 2013
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Madison, Wisconsin
Level 6 Contributor
330 reviews
143 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 534 helpful votes
“Take your time”
Reviewed 6 December 2013

Starting out at Buffalo, we stayed at the Hampton Inn & Suites. It is a very nice place to stay & reasonable. Before we left town we visited the Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum & the Occidental Hotel. Then we headed for Yellowstone, taking Hwy 16, the Cloud Peak Highway. It was early June and we could see lots of snow on the Big Horn Mountains. We have been to Wyoming many times, and have taken different routes. This one is easier & very beautiful. And the road is in good shape & there are guard rails where they are needed.
The 1st high pass will you encounter is Powder River. Nearby we saw some big Mule Deer bucks, bounding with their usual spring legged hop. We stopped by Meadowlark Lake which is part of the Bighorn National Forest; there are toilets here that are clean. This lovely little lake is a nice place to breath in the fresh mountain air.
As we headed towards Ten Sleep, there were excellent views of the Ten Sleep Canyon. It was carved by Glaciers 250,000 years ago. You will want to stop and take some photos. You will see all colors here, red, white, grey, black & more. We stopped by the Leigh Creek Monument. It is about 9 miles east of Ten Sleep. It was in memory of a man who fell to his death in 1889.
We stopped by the Ten Sleep welcome center & museum. Take time to check this out. It is run with donations. Ask about the Spring Creek Raid.
Then he headed towards Cody. We enjoyed stopping at the towns on the way. Everyone was so friendly. Try to not be in such a hurry. There is a lot to see on this route.

Visited June 2013
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Florence, AZ
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23 reviews
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“Awesome trip.”
Reviewed 14 October 2013 via mobile

The mountain views, pull outs for viewing and information stops is excellent. It's a great road to drive and in excellent condition for the people who need to travel on it routinely. I wish our highways in AZ were this good.

Visited September 2013
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