Planning Your First Trip to Wyoming – What’s Wyoming Really Like?
Most people who have lived in the USA have heard of Wyoming, but have they visited? For the first-time Wyoming traveler- you’re going to want to know what this wonderful state is really like. Wyoming may not have a large population, but it has vast plains and amazing mountain views. Some of you may have been to Wyoming before. Our favorite place to visit is at local Jackson Hole rentals in town. If you’re planning your first trip to Wyoming, here’s what you need to know.
What to do in Wyoming
While planning your trip to Wyoming, you may be wondering what people do in this beautiful state. I can tell you that there is way more to do than you will have time for. I wanted to talk about some of the adventures you can take while visiting Wyoming.
I have such a hard time deciding what to do when I’m faced with visiting a place like Wyoming. Since I love National Parks so much, it only makes sense for us to start there. Each summer we head up to Grand Teton National Park, about an hour outside of Jackson Hole. Check out our article on 5 Family Friendly Things to See and Do in Grand Teton National Park and our favorite Jenny Lake Hike to Hidden Falls.
Yellowstone National Park
Of course, one of the most obvious and popular stops in Wyoming is Yellowstone National Park. It’s hard to put the beauty of Yellowstone National Park into words as there is so much natural beauty it’s unbelievable. Let’s start with the endless big blue skies that are visible for miles. This park along covers 3,500 square miles. This National Park isn’t just located in Wyoming, but also ventures into Idaho and Montana.
Whether you visit Yellowstone National Park in the winter, summer, spring or fall, there’s a lot to offer. In the winter, you can snowshoe across the park and there are even lodges to stay at. Keep in mind that a lot of the roads close during the winter, but are open in the spring/summer. Always keep an eye on weather because the roads being opened is dependent upon this.
Explore Old Faithful, breathing in the fresh air, and photographing the natural beauty that surrounds you. Whether you stay for a day or for a few days, you are going to love visiting the iconic National Park.
Travel the Scenic Byways
Wyoming is unique in the fact that it’s not heavily populated, which means the scenery goes on for miles and miles. When you travel the scenic byways through Wyoming, you’re opening yourself up to so much natural beauty. There are tons of highways to take to get to where you’re going. On the path of the scenic byway, you will want to take some time to explore, fish, check out the traditional ranches, and maybe even do some hiking. I’m sure you’ll be pulling over more than once to take in the natural beauty that surrounds you.
Check out the Dude Ranches
Maybe in your lifetime, dude only meant one thing. However, dude and ranches go together like mountains and the state of Wyoming. You can think of a Dude Ranch to check out the Western way of life in the USA. When visiting Wyoming, it’s vital you understand this is cowboy country. A Dude Ranch can give you the full Western experience, but it can also give you the full relaxation experience. Watch the sunset over the Tetons and watch how quickly relaxed you become.
Free Things to do in Wyoming
The best part of Wyoming is that you don’t have to pay to see and do everything. There are some awesome museums to check out along the way. Some of those museums include the following:
- Fossil Country Frontier Museum in Kemmerer
- University of Wyoming Art Museum in Laramie
- Wyoming State Capitol Building
- Wyoming State Museum in Cheyenne
- Community Fine Arts Center in Rock Springs
There are tons of places to go hiking, exploring, and backpacking! Know what you like/dislike and this will help you plan your trip while in Wyoming.
Enjoy the Wide Open Spaces
You have heard me talk about the Wide Open Spaces of Wyoming several times. It’s purely amazing. Did you know that Wyoming has been classified as THE state with the least population? It doesn’t bother them one bit. Instead, they embrace it! They traded people for historic geysers and hot springs. When you’re in Wyoming, a lot of those wide open spaces are filled with mountains. In fact, the Grand Tetons cover a large part of the state. While in Wyoming, you won’t be bombarded with people, but you’ll see plenty of amazing wildlife like bears, elk, bison, and much more.
While there is plenty to see and do in Wyoming, take the time to relax and enjoy the beautiful state. Take walks and spend time watching the sunset. Wyoming is the perfect opportunity to relax and forget about the worries of life. Whether you stay at a Dude Ranch or in a lodge at Yellow Stone National park – you’re going to remember this trip forever!
Don’t Keep Wyoming to Yourself
If you get the chance to come out here, don’t keep the beauty to yourself. There is too much beauty out here in Wyoming to not tell others about it. If you get to visit one place in your lifetime, make it Wyoming. The Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, and so much more.
Have you been to Wyoming? If so, let me know what you thought and if you plan on going back.