As if you needed any other reason to visit Wyoming than Yellowstone National Park! Well, there are actually plenty of other attractions making tourism a great part of this western state’s economy. Cheyenne, the capital, is located in the southeastern corner of the state. As the largest city, you are sure to find a nice selection of Wyoming hotels for your stay in this wide-open, sparsely populated state. Visitors flock to the annual Cheyenne Frontier Days celebration, featuring the largest outdoor rodeo in the U.S., a carnival and star-studded concerts. Casper is more centrally located, about 3 hours northwest of Cheyenne.
Western Wyoming is virtually all National Forestland and you will find the magnificent Rocky Mountains here as well. The first ever, Yellowstone National Park’s land was set aside for the enjoyment of the people in 1862. Since then, millions of visitors have ooohed and aaahed at the natural wonders, including active geyser Old Faithful and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Plan to whitewater raft, ride a horse, hike a trail, get thrilled on a zipline and attend a real Indian powwow. Yellowstone is sensational! But there’s more…Grand Teton National Park, just south of Yellowstone, is also jaw-dropping, breath-taking and every superlative you can imagine. Legendary skiing destination Jackson is just south of Grand Teton. You can visit the National Museum of Wildlife Art and get active in this park.
Two hundred miles northwest of Casper, explore Medicine Lodge State Archeological Site, famous for its Indian petroglyphs and pictographs which are thousands of years old. Nearby Bighorn Canyon National Recreational Area, which spills over into Montana, boasts towering walls over Bighorn Lake and some of the best fishing anywhere. Guernsey State Park, midway between Cheyenne and Casper, is the place to see 160 year old wagon ruts, climb the winding stairs of a castle or check out the names on the chalkboard at Register Cliff, where westward bound, wagon train pioneers placed their names. Nicknamed the Cowboy State, Wyoming has got to be on your bucket list!