About U.S. Highway 89
U. S. Highway 89 was commissioned in 1926 running from Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, through the corner of Idaho, and the length of Utah and Arizona, ending on the Mexico border at Nogales, AZ. In 1934 it was extended through Montana, ending at Piegan on the Canadian border, for a total of 1685 miles. Interstate 19 in Arizona replaced the segment south of Flagstaff which was officially truncated in 1992. In Utah highway 89 follows the route of State Street, a highway established in pioneer times, from Brigham City to Manti. In Arizona it has an alternate route that begins at the Utah border, passes the north rim of the Grand Canyon, and meets the main route at Bitter Springs.
Highway 89 has no designated route through Yellowstone National Park, although it enters the park at Gardiner, Montana, and exits it through the South Entrance. To make the connection you would follow the Grand Loop Road to the South Entrance Road and head south out of the park.
What to See along Highway 89
U.S. Highway 89 passes through a variety of beautiful and dramatic scenery, many rural valleys, as well as the populous Wasatch Front in Utah. Here are a few samples of what you can see online of this route, both famous and little-known:
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park was America's first national park and is one of the most famous natural wonders of the world, located in the northwest corner of Wyoming. Visit Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone Lake, Mammoth Hot Springs, Firehole Lake, the Artist's Paint Pots, Lone Star Geyser, Natural Bridge and many other lesser-known attractions.
The Grand Canyon
The alternate route U.S. Highway 89 in Arizona actually crosses the Grand Canyon on the Navajo Bridge, near the northern end of the canyon, and highway 89 and it's alternate skirt around the immense, mile-deep canyon from Kanab, Utah to Cameron, Arizona. The only access to the North Rim is by Arizona Highway 67 which begins at a junction with highway 89A at Jacob Lake. Arizona Highway 64 begins at Cameron and enters the park by its East Entrance.