Hello all. Group newbie from Atlanta here. Can't believe it took me this long to find this awesome site.
Actually, I've two questions concerning US-212 in Montana in early September.
We'll be wrapping up three days in the Black Hills and heading to Yellowstone, but we've an extra day before we can check in at our Gardiner lodging. The various route mapping services suggest starting out on I-90 but I much prefer US routes unless there's a reason for avoiding them.
So! Is there any good reason not to take 212 out of South Dakota and hook up with I-90 at Crow Agency? Both routes allow for visiting Little Bighorn.
Also... We can spend the intermediate night in Billings easy enough, leaving a short-ish jaunt down to Gardiner for the next morning. OR we can spend the intermediate night in Cooke City, MT, though it would certainly take longer to get there (8 hrs or so). But that brings up what's likely a mountainous stretch of US-212. Has anyone driven the stretch from Laurel to Cooke City? The travel-time estimates suggest something like a 40mph average on that stretch.
I'll soon be posting my own knowledge of other fun US routes. For example, anyone planning a drive across Texas on I-10 needs to consider US-90 out of San Antonio. Many stretches are posted 75 and the towns are few. There's only Del Rio as a city of any size, and I found that to be a great place to stay the night. The Judge Roy Bean Saloon and Museum in Langtry is a fine roadside attraction -- and even better is the Alamo Village east of Del Rio.
Kind regards to all!