The Great American West doesn’t get any more Western than Wyoming, where the classic cowboy culture is still alive and well. Bunk down at a Wyoming ranch where trail rides, cattle drives and chuckwagon suppers served under the stars transport you back to a simpler place and time. Revel in the authentic history and heritage of the Old West with a tour of the Wyoming Territorial Prison, or visit Fort Laramie to learn more about frontier life. For Western heritage, visit frontier towns like Cody – home to the Cody Nite Rodeo, Old Trail Town and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West – or Buffalo, home to the historic Occidental Hotel and the Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum.
If it’s outdoor adventure you crave, Wyoming has something for everyone including two of America’s most spectacular national parks – Yellowstone and Grand Teton. Yellowstone National Park offers 9,065 square kilometers of unspoiled natural splendour and countless opportunities for camping, hiking, fishing, boating and more. Stand by a crystal-clear lake as a bald eagle soars overhead, observe free-roaming elk and bison in their native habitat, or gaze in wonder as one of Yellowstone’s famous geysers thunders skyward. Hike the mighty mountains in Grand Teton National Park, just south of Yellowstone. There you can cruise across scenic Jenny Lake or take a float trip down the epic Snake River.
If prehistoric wonders are something you fancy, make your way down to Fossil Butte National Monument, where you’ll have the opportunity to view some of the Earth’s most ancient fossils. Craving adventure in a cooler atmosphere? Go boating, fishing and jet skiing at Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area in southwestern Wyoming. Make time to visit America’s first National Monument, Devils Tower, which was made famous in Steven Spielberg’s classic film Close Encounters of the Third Kind. On the Wind River Reservation you can witness ancient Native American customs at a summer powwow on the only reservation that is home to two tribes, the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Indians.