9 Awesome Wyoming Spots for Big Outdoors, Outdoor Adventures, and Cool Cities – Lonely Planet Travel News | Dauktion

One thing you won’t find in Wyoming is bustling metropolitan areas — the largest city, Cheyenne, just has 65,000 inhabitants. But if you’re looking for a touch of the West – vastness, high peaks, Native American history, wildlife, geysers, hot springs, hiking, skiing, horseback riding, fly fishing and staged “gunslinger duels” – this is it You’ll find it, along with plenty of small town charm.

Different parts of the state offer different types of attractions, from the ski town of Jackson Hole to the college town of Laramie to the outdoor icon Lander. Pick your destination—or pick a few—and discover the best of Wyoming.

Yellowstone National Park

Best national park for geysers, wildlife

As well as being the country’s first national park, Yellowstone is packed with over 10,000 hydrothermal features, beautiful scenery and some of the best wildlife viewing in the world. Stroll the boardwalks and peer into colourful, multicolored hydrothermal features, watch geysers erupt and spend some time contemplating boiling mud – it’s far more fascinating than you would expect.

Old Faithful’s eruptions are so predictable that the park publishes a schedule for them predicted eruption Times for the iconic geyser and some others. However, be sure to show up early as the predictions are only estimates and you don’t want to be a minute late.

Spend some time in wildlife hotspots like Lamar and Hayden Valley—dawn and dusk are considered prime times for wildlife viewing, although you can often see some critters—like herds of bison—in Yellowstone throughout the day.

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Grand Teton National Park

Best national park for hiking

Put on your backpack, clip your bear spray to your belt, and get ready to hike. A popular destination for trail lovers, Grand Teton National Park offers great options for everything from an hour-long stroll to a multi-day hardcore adventure. Consider Jenny Lake for a scenic day hike or hike up one of the park’s mountain canyons.

To snag an overnight stay backcountry permittry getting an extended permit months in advance, or try a first-come, first-serve permit, which can be obtained in person a day before travel—the competition for permits can be fierce, so have a back-up plan .

Be well prepared and equipped for any hike in the park and check current conditions and weather, bearing in mind that mountain conditions can change very quickly. Be prepared for wildlife encounters and practice good bear safety.

Grab your skis and hit the slopes at Jackson Hole © Karl Weatherly / Getty Images

Jackson Hole

Best city for skiers

With over 500 inches of snow annually – covering some of the best terrain in the world – Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is on every avid skier’s bucket list. Get reservations early and spend days hitting the slopes or carving fresh powder turns in Teton Village. Or stay in town and check out Jackson’s “Town Hill” – Snow King Mountain Resort – within walking distance of town.

Like any good ski town, Jackson also offers a wide variety of top-notch après-ski. Check out the range of options in Teton Village, from Alpenhof to Mangy Moose — where you can often hear live music — or venture into the town of Jackson to visit the Snake River Brewery and other locations.

cody

The best place to learn about the past

Spread across five distinct museums and a research library, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West tells the beautiful, grand, and often chaotic history of the American West. All five museums are worth a visit, but if you’re short on time, be sure to visit the Plains Indian Museum to learn about the indigenous people who lived here long before Europeans arrived.

Established in 1979, the museum showcases the rich cultures, stories, traditions and contemporary life of the Plains Indians. View both historical artifacts, like an authentic buffalo skin tipi from the 1850s, and contemporary works by local artists.

Cody is also home to the Plains Indian Powwow, usually held in June.

The center’s other museums include the Buffalo Bill Museum, the Whitney Western Art Museum, the Draper Natural History Museum, and the Cody Firearms Museum.

Dubois

The best place for guest ranches

With fewer than 1,000 residents, Dubois is tiny, but it’s one of the best places in the state to register for a week’s stay at one of the nearby guest or “dude” ranches. Experience ranch life, saddle up to explore, cast a line, or sign up for a multi-day horseback excursion deep into the wilderness.

While in town, visit the Dubois Museum, the National Museum of Military Vehicles, and the National Bighorn Sheep Center, and in the summer, be sure to check out the Dubois Friday Night Rodeo. Grab a deli sandwich, a slice of pizza, or even a steak in town before heading out to delve into the world of ranching.

A small stream meanders through a meadow with a small mountain in the background - Hot Springs State Park in Thermopolis, Wyoming, a geothermal area in Hot Springs County
Visit Hot Springs State Park in Thermopolis for pretty scenery and a nice swim © Melissa Kopka / Getty Images / iStockphoto

thermopolis

The best place to enjoy hot springs

Best known for its hot springs, Thermopolis is a must-see bathing paradise, ideal for couples, groups, solo travelers and families. Opt for a relaxing soak at Hot Springs State Park’s bathhouse or get ready for some action at the Star Plunge hot springs water park, which features waterslides, pools, and even a “steam cave,” a natural steam room.

However, there is more to Thermopolis than hot springs. Hike six miles of trails in the state park, visit the Wyoming Dinosaur Center, book a guide for a fishing trip or sign up for a horseback riding tour. Relax or find the action – it’s up to you.

Countries

Best Outdoor City

Lander is home to the headquarters of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), so it’s no surprise that there are many great outdoor adventures nearby. The city is teeming with people involved with NOLS in one way or another, and you won’t find a shortage of outdoor enthusiasts eager to rock climb, mountain bike, or summit to climb. And with Sinks Canyon State Park just around the corner, you’ll find plenty of places to play.

After a busy day in the city, settle down for a fun-filled evening. Lander Brewing Company is a popular place to reminisce about the day’s adventures while sipping a pint of Rock Chuck Rye or Half-Tanked Hefe.

Laramie

Best college town vibe

Laramie is not only home to the University of Wyoming and Cowboys Football, but also the country highest stadium in Division 1sky high 7220ft.

This vibrant university town always has some type of event, party, live music, art walk, farmer’s market or other activity to keep you bouncing around town. Do not miss Laramie Anniversary Days in July.

Laramie also has one of the most diverse food scenes in the state, with an array of cuisines including Indian, Mexican, Italian, Thai, and Japanese. Find a café perfect for studying or curling up with a good book, and visit one of the many local pubs to catch a game or just hang out.

People and traffic pass by the historic buildings of downtown Cheyenne.
Visit Cheyenne, Wyoming’s capital, for a glimpse of the state’s history © River North Photography / Getty Images

cheyenne

The best place for a classic Wyoming experience

Cheyenne isn’t just the capital of Wyoming — it holds a special place in the heart of every country music lover. From George Strait’s “I Can Still Make Cheyenne” to Garth Brooks’ “The Beaches of Cheyenne,” the city has popped up in country music decade after decade, and with good reason. Visit the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum for a taste of rodeo history, or visit during rodeo season to see what all the fuss is about. If you’re there during the rodeo, check out the “Indian Village” where Native American performers have shared dance, culture and music every year since 1898.

Cheyenne is rich in history, so spend some time immersing yourself in local lore and history at the Wyoming State Capitol, the Wyoming Historic Governors Mansion, and the Cheyenne Depot Museum of Railroad History. The Nelson Museum of the West features a number of Native American exhibits including Art of the Pueblo Indians and Art of the Plains Indians. In the summer, visit downtown Gunslinger Square to see a staged Old West gunfight and hop on the Cheyenne Street Railway Trolley to learn all about Old West history.

All around Cheyenne you see 8 foot tall “Big bootson screen. These large-scale creations are designed as public works of art by a variety of Wyoming artists.

Kasper

Best fly fishing town

A river town through and through, Casper is known for its world class fly fishing. Go the Miracle Mile for trout, or stay in town and fish the North Platte River that flows through Casper. While the North Platte is a premier fishing destination, cast your rod at other nearby waters including Alcova Reservoir and Fremont Canyon. Visit a fly shop to learn about local conditions or hire a guide to make your day of fishing even better.

Visit the Fort Caspar Museum and Historic Site, the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center and the Salt Creek Museum to learn about local history, or visit the Casper Planetarium for a glimpse of the cosmos. With half a dozen breweries, Casper has earned a spot on the Wyoming beer trailand Gruner Brothers Brewing offers behind-the-scenes tours.

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