Greater Yellowstone, the 30,903-square-mile region surrounding the national park, offers even more natural splendor—trails, rivers, and lakes—and less traffic. These tranquil destinations are located a short drive from the park in each direction.
To the North: Tom Miner Basin, Montana
A 12-mile gravel road 17 miles north of Gardiner, off U.S. 89, passes through meadows, mountain forests, and working cattle ranches complete with weathered barns. Keep an eye out for elk, grizzlies, and pretty much every other type of Yellowstone wildlife. From the Tom Miner Campground at the road’s end, an easy, one-mile interpretive trail winds past an aspen grove to a cluster of petrified tree trunks.