Wyoming

 

The most popular destination in Wyoming by a large margin is Yellowstone National Park and more specifically, Old Faithful. Annually, two million visitors make their way to the park to see this magnificent geyser and other attractions around the park such as the parks springs, waterfalls, canyons, and mountains.

Grand Teton National Park is another less visited and known national park located in Wyoming, although it is only ten miles away from Yellowstone. Grand Teton is known by outdoorsman for the Teton mountain range and Jackson’s Hole, where early trappers transverse the steep slopes into the Jackson Valley. Grand Teton offers some amazing walking tours around rugged peaks, rushing rivers, wildflower filled meadows, and serene lakes that give you a sense of isolation and fulfillment that you cannot attain at the more well-known national parks.

Devils Tower National Monument is another sight in Wyoming that is often overlooked, but this rock formation is something that should be on everyone’s bucket list. The scenery is surreal and private tours are offered by park rangers who will provide adventurists with an excellent overview of the monument’s rich history.

To complete any Wild West tour, one must stop in world famous Cody, Wyoming. This small town is the westerner’s dream tourist trap. The center of the bustle in Cody is the Buffalo Bill Museum, which is a series of five museums focused exclusively on Buffalo Bill Cody, Native American history, and western culture. After touring the museum, stick around for one of the nightly rodeos that are open to the public every summer evening.

A hop, skip, and jump away is Fort Laramie, a trading post that became famous during the 1800s as a significant stopping point on the Oregon and California Trails. Several of the buildings have been restored and visitors can enjoy the rich history on their own walking tours. The museum includes exhibits that include clothing, weapons, and supplies that highlight the history of the trading post.

After walking, hiking, climbing, or exploring Wyoming’s amazing outdoors, you may just want to take a day to relax. And the best place to do that is at the hot springs in Thermopolis, Wyoming. The state park is open year round and hosts the largest hot mineral spring, where visitors can soak and unwind in the 104 degree mineral springs either indoors or outdoors while still admiring the local scenery and wildlife.