Wyoming is America’s tenth-largest state, but at just under 577,000 people it is also the nation’s most populous. Despite its sparse population structure, the “Cowboy State” is a country rich in natural treasures, including the Rocky Mountains, breathtaking valleys and vast plains. Wyoming’s charming settler history is also an endearing part of this state and together with its beautiful scenery makes a visit to Wyoming and its cities an excellent experience for all. This article looks at the 7 most beautiful towns in Wyoming.
Located halfway between famous Mount Rushmore and Yellowstone National Park, the city of Buffalo is also the seat of Johnson County. Sitting right at the base of the Bighorn Mountains, Buffalo has a healthy local economy dominated by agriculture, methane production, and tourism, and is an obvious hotspot for travelers visiting the aforementioned Yellowstone and Mount Rushmore landmarks respectively. Stroll through its charming and historic city of Downtown to see unique 19th-century buildings first-hand, including the Occidental Hotel, first established in 1880! Filled with great boutique shopping, delicious local restaurants, and plenty of welcoming hospitality, Buffalo is more than just a stopover, it’s one of Wyoming’s premier cities.
Just 35 minutes’ drive from Buffalo, the town of Sheridan was founded in the 1880’s and nurtures a robust cowboy and rodeo culture that draws visitors from across the nation. Home to nearly 18,000 residents, Sheridan experiences hot summers and mild winters, with the Bighorn Mountains as a beautiful setting. This city is a very popular tourist destination and offers many festivals, cultural events and historical sights all. Visit attractions such as the Brinton Museum of Art at nearby Big Horn, the John. Kendrick Mansion (1908) or the Sheridan Main Street Historic District for a taste of 19th and early 20th century settler life. And of course, attending a rodeo or shopping for authentic cowboy boots is a true immersion in Sheridan’s enchanting surroundings.
Jackson, the seat of Teton County, was officially incorporated as a city in 1914, although it had been settled in the 1890s. Located in the mountain valley of Jackson Hole (which includes the Teton and Gros Ventre mountain ranges), Jackson is a popular winter and summer tourist destination. During the snowy winter months, Jackson’s proximity to ski resorts like Jackson Hole Mountain and Snow King Mountain makes it a desirable hub. In the summer, the city is just a 70-minute drive from Yellowstone National Park and all of its amazing features. Grand Teton National Park is even closer to town, less than 10 minutes from downtown, with some of the best mountain views and breathtaking valley vistas. And for music lovers, attending concerts at the Grand Teton Music Festival is a unique treat. More than 90 classical orchestras from across the country take part and perform some of the finest symphonic works ever composed.
Named for famous frontier worker “Buffalo” Bill Cody, who helped found the city, this Park County city has a population of just over 10,000. An hour’s drive from Yellowstone National Park, Cody offers visitors and residents alike a true sense of the famous Wild West. A visit to the Buffalo Bill Museum is a great way to spend an afternoon, while a stroll along the Old Town Trail and its replica western buildings is a real travel treat. Walk down the dusty paths or enter an old-style drawing room. This unique place definitely transports visitors to another century. And with hot summers and mild winters, time is always pleasant in Cody, where mountain views complement the truly western ambience.
Located near the Wind River Mountains, the town of Lander sits on the Popo Agie River and serves as the seat of Fremont County. Lander, a charming historic town founded in 1890, offers year-round cultural activities like the Wyoming State Winter Fair, the Pioneer Days Parade, and the Lander Brew Festival. Near Sinks Canyon State Park, visitors can also enjoy many opportunities for outdoor activities in Lander, including camping, hiking, fishing, and rock climbing. In the nearby Shoshone National Forest you will find beautiful natural vistas that are sure to create truly wonderful memories.
Wyoming’s capital, Cheyenne, is also the state’s most populous metropolitan area with a population of 65,132. Named for the Cheyenne people, this city is a welcoming place for all, with a diverse cultural scene and a comfortable climate with hot summers and mild winters. Home to over fifty sites on the National Register of Historic Places, Cheyenne is indeed a city steeped in history and entertainment. Stop at the Atlas Theater (built 1887), stroll through the serene Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, or spend an afternoon at the Wyoming State Museum. Or for a true exposure to the history of the American West and its unique culture, a visit to the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum is essential. See authentic Wyoming folk art exhibits, horse-drawn wagons and carriages, and rare pioneer items in a fun and interactive learning location.
Affectionately called “Wyoming’s Rose Town”, Lovell is known for its numerous rose gardens, which give the atmosphere an extremely pleasant and unique scent. With hot summer temperatures, this city is popular with locals and tourists alike for outdoor activities, and there’s sure to be plenty to enjoy here. Take a canoe ride at Horse Shoe Marina, where you always have beautiful views of the Bighorn Mountains. or spend time on the banks of the Shoshone River for a quiet and contemplative encounter with nature. And for those who love the road, short drives to both the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range and the incredible Porcupine Falls make Lovell an ideal stopover destination.
Wyoming may be sparsely populated, but it has plenty of beauty, charm and a unique history worth visiting for anyone with wanderlust. From breathtaking Rocky Mountain views to distinctive western pioneer culture, Wyoming and its cities offer a fantastic combination of natural beauty and social glamor. Visit these cities and see firsthand why the “Cowboy State” is a fabulous place of adventure and wonder.