Driving toward Yellowstone National Park from the north, we have two roads from which to choose - one on each side of the Yellowstone River.
Both routes take us through Paradise Valley. The quicker route is US Highway 89 on the west side of the river. And the scenic route is MT State Highway 540 on the east side, aka East River Road.
We, of course, choose the East River Road. The Yellowstone River creates a broad valley between two mountain ranges with beautiful river scenes. Locals tell us that celebrities like to live along this stretch including Jeff Bridges, John Mayer, Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan. We see the appeal - especially those tranquil ranch scenes along the river.
If you're hungry, we highly recommend the avocado tacos and the Glastonbury burger at Pine Creek Lodge. And if you're sleepy, they offer "rustic-yet-modern cabins made from recycled shipping containers."