Wyoming

Erupting geysers, cascading waterfalls, breathtaking monuments, and national parks all come together to create the diverse and picture postcard setting that is Wyoming. A state where there are more animals than residents, you can always find a place to sit back and enjoy a few moments of tranquility.

Yellowstone, named the first national park back in 1872, is still as popular as ever. Probably its most famous attraction, Old Faithful is just one of the park’s many steaming geysers. Often overshadowed by its forementioned neighbour, Grand Teton National Park should not be overlooked. The stunning backdrop of Teton Mountain Range creates a perfect setting to view the diverse range of wildlife including buffalo, moose, and bear.

Top Tips

Take in the Cheyenne Frontier Days annual rodeo for all things western. It's held over a ten day period every July.

If you're heading west from Cheyenne, make sure you take Route 130, the snowy Ridge Scenic Byway. The spectacular scenery makes it a worthwhile detour.

Yellowstone National Park

With an area larger than Rhode Island and Delaware combined, the activities and adventures are bounteous. Take a boat ride out on Lake Yellowstone, hike the geysers or wilderness trails or go wildlife watching. There are hundreds of species to be spotted here in Yellowstone, with bison, moose, elk, and pronghorn, up to 70 species of mammals, including black bears and grizzly bears, 322 species of birds, over a dozen species of fish and more recently, gray wolves have been reintroduced to the park. Along with wildlife, the flora and fauna of Yellowstone are abundant and create some beautiful scenery in the blooming months. There are over a thousand species of native plants, more than 200 species of exotic plants and over 400 species of thermophiles which thrive in the steaming hot geysers and natural springs.

Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park boasts 310,000 acres of lush valley floors, mountain meadows, alpine lakes and the rising peaks of the Grand Teton Mountain Range. Located just north of Jackson, Wyoming, Grand Teton has a diverse and long-standing history that includes human use from more than 11,000 years ago. Nomadic Indians, American Indian tribes, early American explorers and permanent settlers once called this national park home. Today, you can explore the park’s extensive history and culture through ranger-led programs, visitor centers and historical points of interest like Mormon Row and the Moulton Barns. In addition to a fascinating history, Grand Teton’s stunning landscapes and diverse wildlife provide the perfect location for nature lovers and outdoor adventurers.

Devils Tower

Prepare to be awed: the laccolithic butte made up of igneous rocks known as Devils Tower is a jaw-dropping geological feature that rises 867 feet above Wyoming’s rolling prairies. While America’s first national monument garnered significant attention as the backdrop to the 1977 Stephen Spielberg movie, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the tower is sacred to Northern Plains Indian tribes and the Black Hills region Kiowa Tribe. With oral storytelling and a history that dates back thousands of years, today, American Indian tribes continue to hold sacred ceremonies at the tower, including sweat lodges and sun dances. There is more to this monument than its rich history. You can stop at the visitor’s center to learn about one of the ranger-led programs, night sky viewing, hiking and even climbing to the top of Devils Tower.

Fossil Butte National Monument

Explore one of the world’s largest deposits of freshwater fish fossils at Fossil Butte National Monument. The area’s calm water, lack of scavengers and fine sediment all worked together to create the perfect conditions for preserving these prehistoric fossils. Today, Fossil Butte National Monument protects Fossil Lake and portions of the Green River Lake ecosystem, rich with fish, alligator, bat, turtle, small horse, insect and plant fossils. During the summer, you can join the Fossil Butte Quarry Program and help search for fossils, which Fossil Butte collects for their scientific research. Be sure to visit Fossil Butte’s visitor center with over 300 fossils on display. Visitors can also take a ride along the site’s scenic drive, stop for lunch at a designated picnic area, take a hike around the area or attend a ranger program.

Fort Laramie

Fort Laramie National Historic Site preserves and interprets one of America’s most important locations in the history of westward expansion — hosting emigrants from the Oregon, Mormon and California trails — and Native American resistance. Begin your tour at the visitor center located in the restored 1884 Commissary Storehouse with an 18-minute orientation film before entering the museum and browsing the bookstore. Transport yourself in time during the summer as you walk around the grounds and see staff members and volunteers in period dress bring history alive. You’ll hear bugle calls while exploring 12 restored buildings from 1849 to the late 1880s, continuing across the fort to see more ruins. Your adventure can continue to a hike on a trail that leads from the Old Iron Bridge to the confluence of the Platte and Laramie Rivers, where spectacular views and a variety of birds and other wildlife are found.

Museums & History

With so much history and beauty, Wyoming has a long list of phenomenal museums around the state. From the Wyoming State Museum and the Depot Museum in Cheyenne to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, the Cowboy State has several top-notch museums covering a wide variety of topics from art, Wyoming and American history, wildlife, politics, natural history and science. At the National Historic Trails Center in Casper, you can learn about the Oregon, California, Mormon and Pony Express trails and their role in forming the West. In Jackson, stop by the National Museum of Wildlife Art to see works around one of Wyoming’s best assets: the wildlife. There, you can also see the work of Yellowstone-based artist George Bumann. As if that wasn’t enough, prepare to be awestruck by gargantuan dinosaur bones, mammal fossils and fossil footprints on paleontology adventures across Wyoming.

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