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Depends on if you want to get there the fast way or the scenic way.
The fastest way to get there would be to go I25 to Casper, then HWY 26 to Shoshoni then up through Wind River Canyon to Thermopolis and on to Cody then the East gate at Yellowstone. There isn't much to see from CO to Shoshoni on this route. The drive gets better once you head North out of Shoshoni. Depending on how much time you want to spend traveling and the age of your kids, there is a fantastic Dinosaur museum in Thermopolis along with the World's Largest Hot Springs and some swimming pools inside the State Park there in town. I would recommend Star Plunge if you choose to visit one.
An alternate route (and some would consider more scenic) is to go through Laramie via Happy Jack highway West out of Cheyenne, (5-6% Downhill grade coming in to Laramie for about 9 miles I believe) then take "Old 30" North out of Laramie to Walcott Junction then West to Rawlins then North out of Rawlins on HWY 287/789 to Lander. This portion of the drive isn't much to look at unless you like the "high desert". Head North out Lander on 287 to its junction with HWY 26 and continue West on HWY 26 to Dubois. Continue Westbound out of Dubois over Togwotee Pass (Has some steep grades, but was just the subject of a 10 year construction project and very nice to drive) to Moran Junction then North on HWY 89 through Teton National Park and in to the South gate of Yellowstone National Park.
I have lived in WY my whole life so if there is something else I can help you with let me know.
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