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How scary is driving the Beartooth Highway for someone with acrophobic tendencies?

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I'm starting to plan a potential trip to Jackson and Yellowstone next June. I've been doing a lot of reading, and many people say that the Beartooth Highway is the most beautiful drive in America, so I'm trying to decide if we should spend a good part of a day to drive from YP to Red Lodge and back. It sounds like something we shouldn't miss, but my DH has a bit of problem with heights. It's sheer drops he has the most trouble with - for instance, he couldn't get too near the edge at the Grand Canyon (even where there were railings), and definitely not at Horse Shoe Bend near Page, AZ, where there are no railings. However, he had no problem at Bryce Canyon, as the ground slopes away more gradually from the top of the canyon. About 20 years ago we drove up Mount Washington in NH, and he was a wreck driving up - as we went around each bend we couldn't see over the side, so it looked like we could drive right over the edge. He was better driving back down, though, as he could see where we were going. He was also okay driving down the Priest Grade from Yosemite a couple of years ago. How steep are the drop-offs on the Beartooth Highway near the road, and are there guardrails? I'd love to do this drive, but not if DH will be tense and miserable the whole time. He would be doing the driving - he likes to feel in control, he's even more nervous if someone else is driving - and that's fine with me, I'd rather be free to look at the scenery!

Also, I read a suggestion somewhere that if you're driving from YP you can just stop at a viewpoint at the summit, then turn around and head back, rather than driving all the way down to Red Lodge, and still see most of the best scenery, thereby saving a lot of driving time. Someone else said that the best part of the drive is the climb up from Red Lodge to the summit (but remembering DH's trouble with the climb up Mount Washington, I wondered if this road has a similar effect). We could drive to Red Lodge and have lunch there before heading back, or take the first suggestion if it's not really worth the extra time and miles (and if it will save DH from the terror he felt on MW).

Thanks for any information and/or opinions about the highway, and if we do the drive, which option to choose.

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