The state of Wyoming is rich in natural wonders and Old West history. With mountain peaks, wild rivers, and wide open plains, Wyoming draws visitors from around the world to experience its scenic beauty and outdoor recreation. The history of the West, from its old trails and cowboys to the development of the railroads and mining, is featured everywhere in the state's historical sites, museums and visitor centers, and preserved downtown districts.
Here are my picks for the top 10 Wyoming attractions:
The word "wonderland" is often used to describe Yellowstone National Park. There is plenty to see and do within Yellowstone's 2.2 million acres, including the Old Faithful Geyser, Mammoth Hot Springs, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, West Thumb Geyser Basin, and Lamar Valley. Abundant wildlife, fascinating visitor centers, and historic lodgings combine with these incredible and unique natural wonders to make Yellowstone Park not only the top place to visit in Wyoming, but among the top in the entire US.
Grand Teton National Park is home to postcard-perfect scenery that includes rugged peaks, rushing rivers, serene lakes, and wildflower-filled meadows. Park wildlife ranges from the large bison, elk, and bear to the small pika and marmots. The national park, the nearby Bridger-Teton National Forest, and the resort area around Jackson, combine into one vast outdoor playground that has something to offer in every season. Whitewater rafting, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, lake cruises, snowshoeing, and skiing are just some of the possibilities.
The Buffalo Bill Center of the West is a complex of five awesome museums, each worth a visit on its own. Combine the five and you have a museum visit that you'll remember for the rest of your life.
- Buffalo Bill Museum - experience a slice of America through artifacts from the life of Buffalo Bill Cody
- Cody Firearms Museum - marvel at the ingenuity revealed in this huge collection of firearms from around the world
- Draper Museum of Natural History - learn about Wyoming wildlife and geology
- Plains Indian Museum - gain appreciation for Plains Indian culture through exhibits and a multimedia show
- Whitney Gallery of Western Art - a world-class collection of Western art, with works by Charles Russell, Frederic Remington, and WHD Koerner.