Countless people have shot a vacation photo with the Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River in the background from Artist Point. And with good reason: Lighting, framing and subject matter all converge to create a hard-to-mess-up photo. While most people believe Thomas Moran painted his famed canvas of the falls from this vantage point, he was actually on the other side of the canyon at the time.
The road from Cody to Yellowstone’s East Gate is full of photo ops with wildlife, geology, history and architecture all represented. Look for elk (also known as wapiti) and other animals, try to spot “Laughing Pig Rock,” check out the oldest ranger station in the world’s first national forest, and learn about Buffalo Bill’s hunting lodge – Pahaska Tepee. Download the TravelStorys app to get a free self-guided tour as you drive through this scenic landscape.
Summit of Dead Indian Pass
While many might not like the name, everyone will appreciate the view. At 8,071 feet above sea level, the summit of Dead Indian Pass offers views of the route the Nez Perce tribe took in 1877 as it attempted to outrun General O.O. Howard and the U.S. Cavalry. Ultimately, just a small portion of the tribe escaped to Canada.
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