If your next location is Wyoming, then you are ready to experience the ‘untamed spirit of the West’ and all of its majestic beauty! The ‘Cowboy State’ is known for its Bob Ross-inspired natural and beautiful backdrops, hot springs, Old West attractions, museums and challenging rock-climbing destinations, like both Devil’s Tower and Grand Teton.
The ‘Rodeo Capital of the World’ also throws the largest outdoor rodeo and western celebration in the world, each year, usually during the final two weeks of July, Cheyenne Frontier Days. You can also find optimal skiing, hiking, swimming, bouldering, and camping sites all over the state as well.
All that said, we have you covered with things to do and see there. Refer to the below Top 10 list:
One of the best-rated ski resorts in the country, Jackson Hole, is known for its extremely steep backcountry terrain, including a 4,100+-foot vertical drop, for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels. The mountain is open from November till April and also features many mountainside dining options with plenty of other activities, which can be accessed at the foothills of the mountain, like horseback riding and hiking.
This world-class museum can be found just above the National Elk Refuge and features over 5,000 art pieces and sculptures, all depicting numerous-different animal species from all over the world. Additionally, the site also includes an almost four-mile trail which includes sculptures and other fine art works. Museum goers can also access other amenities on site, like an interactive gallery for children, a café, shop, and self-guided tours too.
This historical and culturally significant area is the world’s first national park, which was founded in 1872. It features shooting geysers and steaming pools, but plenty of green landscape, a backdrop of mountains, but it is also rich in animal life, including grizzly bears and gray wolves. There is plenty to do for those looking for adventure, including guided tours, horseback riding, white-water rafting and much more!
This geyser is considered to be the must-see site in Yellowstone. Additionally, you have access to information and facts, as well as other hydrothermal features, courtesy of the neighboring Old Faithful Visitor Education Center, which also includes a windowed viewing area to witness the powerful geyser in action. In fact, you can access a volcano found underneath the center, while also witnessing the scientific research occurring there too.
Heart Mountain is a World War II Japanese American confinement site, which is open year-round and daily, from 10 am – 4 pm, local time. This site served as one-of-10 camps in which Japanese Americans were interned over the course of WWII. The museum serves as an interactive exhibit and includes photographs and other various artifacts from the war. It also features a paved walking trail that surrounds the site, spanning over 1,000 feet. The site was preserved to tell the story of forced wartime relocation. Visiting hours vary by season.
This nationally registered historic place was first erected in 1905 and completed in 1910. It was also initially the largest dam in the world upon completion. You can navigate the structure, making your way to the top and, along the way, also come across educational exhibits and features, a guided audio tour, as well as a short film. The visitor center, itself, operates from 9am – 6pm, Monday-Friday (local time) and, on Saturday and Sunday, 9-5, from May till September.
This non-profit organization prides itself on providing the advancement of education, outreach and research for geology and paleontology. Most of the remains found at the museum were actually discovered at the nearby Warm Springs Ranch. It has over 30 mounted dinosaur skeletons, including the only completed Archaeopteryx in the United States. The site also features a real excavation area located within a close drive as well.
This botanical site is spread over nine acres and includes over 25-different landscapes consisting of plants, flowers a wetland area and even a solar-powered greenhouse. Children can also partake in an almost four-acre interactive garden village as well. Other than serving as a place to visit, it can also be rented out for private or public events, as well as weddings.
This preserved Western experience, located in Cody, Wyo., is based on the town which Buffalo Bill and Co. established in 1895. There exists 26 historical buildings, built from 1879 – 1901, and includes artifacts from Bill’s original settlement, including relocated graves. The town operates daily, from 8 am – 6 pm, from May to September. Get tickets, HERE.
This museum features over 1,000 historic relic guns and weapons on display, discovered all over the country, ranging from great to poor condition, but preserved in the state they were found in. Firearms spotlighted range from many different periods, like from the Old West, Gold Rush era and even both World Wars. The museum is open daily, May to September and, while admission is free, donations are encouraged, whether money or even weapons.
For even more to see while you’re in ‘The Equality State’, check out All Places in Wyoming, courtesy of Atlas Obscura, 14 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Wyoming, via Planetware, and Trip Advisor’s comprehensive activities list of Things to Do in Wyoming.
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