Wyoming, which is known as “The Cowboy State” because of its state symbol of a cowboy on a bucking horse, is the 10th largest state, located in the western part of the United States. Millions of people visit Wyoming each year for the natural beauty you will find throughout the state, from towns to mountain tops and even the 7 national parks. For all our nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, this is the place to be! Who knows, you might even run into some wildlife, so be sure to have your camera charged and ready to go. Let’s not waste any more time and get right into this week’s tour of Wyoming.
The first stop on the list is, of course, Yellowstone National Park, the world’s first national park. Sitting on 2.2 million acres you will find natural landmarks such as Lamar Valley, Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Old Faithful geyser, Grand Prismatic Spring, the largest hot spring in the US, and much more. Remember the wildlife we mentioned earlier? You are sure to see some here, such as bison, black bears, antelope, elk, and even a bald eagle. While you can drive through the park to experience everything, the best way to get up close and personal and really dive into the park is by hiking the many trails.
Wyoming is rich in history, with many museums and centers focusing on the wild west and days of the frontier line. The Buffalo Bill Center of the West captures American history of the wild west perfectly with artifacts and art throughout their 5 museums, Cody Firearms Museum, the Buffalo Bill Museum, the Draper Museum of Natural History, The Whitney Gallery of Western Art, and the Plains Indians Museum. You can even catch a live rodeo during the summer! You can also visit The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center located in the town of Casper. This 11,000 square foot center is filled with history about the Historic Trails, interactive exhibits, and even offers rides on the Pony-Express Trail that has great views of the town.
Speaking of great views, the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area provides guests with fishing, boating, watersports, and hunting. The lake stretches 91 miles long from Wyoming to Utah and is always cool even in the hottest summer months. Along with water activities, guests can also hike, camp, and spot some more wildlife. While you will have to travel a bit to reach it, Devils Tower National Monument is worth the trip! The large rock rises 1,267 feet above the river and is considered a “geological masterpiece.” You can hike the trails that go around the entire tower, head into the forest to see the beautiful wildflowers or fish in the Belle Fourche River. You can also head inside to the visitors center to learn about the volcanic wonder and see how the area has changed over the years.
Located at an elevation of almost 10,000 feet is Medicine Moutain, also known as the Medicine Wheel. The medicine wheel is used as not only a place of sacred ceremony but also scientific inquiry, built by the American Indian tribes. The mountain consists of different stone patterns, and while it is covered in snow for most of the year, during the summer you can see the patterns on the ground. Visitors can hike to the top of the mountain to feel the power and energy from this sacred place and also see fantastic views of the area surrounding.
We hope you enjoyed your trip around Wyoming. If you are planning a trip, we hope we inspired you to stop at some of the places mentioned. If you have been to Wyoming before and have a few recommendations of your own, make sure to share them with us, we would love to hear all about them. Head over to our Frame Designer to start creating your frames so you can display all your great photos and always remember your trip!