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Devils Tower in Wyoming
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Wide Open Spaces

The USA’s least populous state, Wyoming is one of the nation’s richest in unspoiled nature. Two of the country’s most famous National Parks – Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park – are located here. These destinations beckon nature-lovers, tourists and those simply looking for a city escape. It’s not uncommon to spot incredible wild animals like bear, bison, elk, coyotes and more roaming the plains of this vast and beautiful state. Yellowstone is dotted with sputtering geothermal geysers and colorful hot springs, the most famous of which are Old Faithful and the Grand Prismatic Spring respectively.

The Grand Teton mountain range, in the northwestern portion of the state, has mountains great for skiing and hiking. The tallest of peaks here reaches 4,200 meters (13,770 feet). In the valley below sits the charming town of Jackson Hole: a posh skiing and hiking respite with a historic “Wild, Wild West” feel.

 

Ranching Life

Such vast landscapes mean ranching is a big part of local culture. No visit to Wyoming is complete without experiencing a no-frills dude ranch to live out your Western cowboy dreams. Eaton's Guest Ranch is the country's first and oldest guest ranch, while Vee Bar Guest Ranch, Gros Ventre River Ranch and The Hideout Lodge are also favorites. All offer more activities than you'll have time to try out: horseback riding, campfires under the stars, fly fishing, river tubing, camping, canoeing, hiking and more.

 

Wyoming on the Big Screen

Those natural wonders and romantic ranch lands naturally make Wyoming a backdrop for many acclaimed movies, including “Dances with Wolves” and “Django Unchained.” The cult classic “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” featured Devils Tower National Monument’s otherworldly peak. Wyoming’s landscapes were even animated in “The Good Dinosaur.”

Wyoming Landscapes

Devils Tower in Wyoming
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Fun Fact

Yellowstone National Park’s Lower Falls
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Wyoming is home to the first National Park and the first National Monument, Yellowstone and Devils Tower, respectively.

Notorious outlaw Butch Cassidy
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Outlaw State: Supposedly Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid picked up their nicknames in Wyoming.

Image of the USA's first female governor, Nellie Tayloe Ross
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Wyoming is known as the Equality State because it was the first state to allow women to vote (in 1869) and the first state to have a female governor, Nellie Tayloe Ross.

Must see places

Historic Fort Laramie

Fort Laramie

Tour the 1834 military fort and fur-trading post to see 12 restored buildings, mingle with interpretive guides in period dress, hike the Old Iron Bridge and explore history on a scavenger hunt.

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National Elk Refuge

Take a sleigh ride through the National Elk Refuge near Jackson, where thousands of majestic elk spend their winter.

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An expert rider at Cheyenne Frontier Days

Cheyenne Frontier Days

This week-long celebration of all-things Wyoming frontier offers a deep dive into Western culture. Find a recreated frontier town, a substantial rodeo schedule, an Indian Village, concerts, a carnival, a parade, a Chuckwagon Cookoff and more.

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A Wind River Country powwow

Wind River Indian Reservation

Set in the expansive Wind River mountain range, the seventh largest Indian reservation in the country, home to the Eastern Shoshone and the Northern Arapaho tribes, awaits exploration. Head to heritage and cultural centers, historic districts and trading posts to learn about life here past and present. Attend a powwow to get a real sense of the spirit of this special place.

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Meandering through the Big Horn Mountains

Big Horn Mountains

Scenic highways and overlooks await visitors who travel through this range that leads to Yellowstone. Explore forests, take in the wildlife, visit cultural centers, see a rodeo or enjoy a music festival as you marvel at the wilderness, deserts and peaks found here.

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Entrance to Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Encompassing five museums under one roof – the Buffalo Bill Museum, the Whitney Gallery of Western Art, the Plains Indian Museum, the Cody Firearms Museum and the Draper Natural History Museum – this is the place to learn about the American West.

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Two crystalline images of the Grand Tetons

Grand Teton Scenic Loop Drive

Enjoy the splendor of Grand Teton National Park on this 70-kilometer drive. Numerous overlooks allow access to views of the jagged mountain peaks and scenic lakes. Stop at historical sites along the way.

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Inspiration at the National Historic Trails Center

National Historic Trails Interpretive Center

This center in Casper lets you experience the often-harrowing journeys of the half-million pioneers who passed through Wyoming in the mid-1800s on their way to California, Utah and other points west.

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Dramatic Devils Tower at night

Devils Tower National Monument

Take a ranger-led tour around this iconic 65-million-year-old rock formation to learn about its unique geology and the indigenous people and wildlife of the area. The truly adventurous – and skilled – try climbing its sheer vertical sides.

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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

One of the 10 wonders of the Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Canyon is 32 kilometers long and up to 365 meters deep. Its two picturesque waterfalls and stunning colored rocks can be seen from numerous lookout points and hiking trails.

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Official Wyoming Travel Site

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