Livingston and Paradise Valley are proud of their heritage as the 'original' entrance to Yellowstone. While they now compete with the likes of the Tetons and Beartooth Pass for title of 'most dramatic approach,' cruising through the pastoral river flats flanked by the Gallatin and Abasaroka Ranges will definitely excite your passion for adventure and exploration. It's not called 'paradise' for nothing.
The exit-ramp town of Livingston sits on the north end of the valley and makes for an interesting stopover before you head south on Hwy 89 toward Gardiner and the park. Twenty-five miles south of Livingston, unpretentious Chico Hot Springs has garnered quite a following in the last few years, while the sneeze-and-miss village of Emigrant has a few surprises of its own.